All You Who Sleep Tonight Poem by Vikram Seth

All You Who Sleep Tonight

Rating: 4.3

All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hand to left or right
And emptiness above -

Know that you aren't alone
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.

All You Who Sleep Tonight

All you who sleep tonight As lovers on bed entwined Remember time can such unwind And love can no longer be a bind And vows go flying out of doors As pans and kettles with rattling sounds And neighbors enjoy the bout and song Both of you make in your marital discord

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Prem Surya Kumar 17 July 2013

Short, sweet and powerful. Perfectly crafted. Shows why Vikram Seth is among the pre-eminent Indian English poets.

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Alokananda Sengupta 19 December 2011

All you who sleep tonight has been one of my favourite poems for years. So easy to memorize and so touching to recite. It is emotion in a small but poweful dose

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Piyush Dey 11 November 2014

It was a very beautiful poem with so much of depth of emotions. such a beautiful line- The whole world shares your tears. lovely.

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Reshma Ramesh 16 July 2009

such a beautiful poem.............

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 14 February 2024

Death- the everlasting sleep which has no night and day; a journey of concious sleeping;

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Bri Edwards 11 November 2023

Today I also read his 2012 poem Night Watch and left stars and a comment. It's another SHORT one; I recommend it to you. bri : )

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Bri Edwards 11 November 2023

Vikram Seth has a LONG bio on PH, including this: 'Seth self-identifies as bisexual. In 2006, he became a leader of the campaign against India's Section 377, a law against homosexuality.' In 2021 I left a comment, but I don't recall a previous visit.

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BRI EDWARDS 26 November 2021


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Sylvia Frances Chan 18 August 2021

Enjoyed very much. Congrats being the Modern Poem Of The Day. A very pleasant read. %Thank you for sharing

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Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth

Kolkata / India
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