Bharati Nayak


Known-Unknown - Poem by Bharati Nayak

At first I thought
You are unknown
Then I felt I know you
As when you talked
Your words were like that of mine
Your tears like my own
Pain, pleasure, laughter, sorrow
Courage and fear
Are so much like my pain or pleasure
I find an empathy
Yes, I felt
I knew you longer
Than myself.

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Comments about Known-Unknown by Bharati Nayak

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/13/2016 4:40:00 AM)

    Known-Unknown
    Dear Bharati,

    We sometimes feel that we know another better than ourself. The truth is that we can never know the mind of anyone, including ourself.10

    See my Our Fascinating Minds.
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  • Bri Edwards (7/1/2016 9:52:00 PM)


    a bit too cryptic or symbolic or unreal for me to know who or what this is referring to. but it sounded good.

    bri :)
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/7/2016 7:19:00 AM)


    To know someone; in your heart with the muse of life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Gobinda Sahoo (12/6/2015 9:58:00 AM)


    That is what love speaks. The concluding lines are befitting. wonderful composition. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (11/24/2015 8:06:00 PM)

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    Your closing lines - I KNEW YOU LONGER THAN MYSELF - are priceless. What generosity of spirit they show toward the person addressed! This an expression of trust, even of love that expresses deep emotion in a fresh way.
    And when a poet finds a new way to express a very old emotion, her or his sincerity is obvious and enhances the meaning of the words. There is a quiet tone of delight which runs through this poem, as if the speaker can hardly believe she has indeed found her soul mate. But your words convince me these two people have indeed found their common happiness. This is a blessed poem.
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  • Bakuli Bhakali (11/22/2015 9:42:00 PM)


    Every one, everything seems strange at the beginning
    Then, we try to know them
    Once we know them well we start to see us in them
    And there a part of us starts melting….

    A well written and well expressed poem with a profound meaning in it. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Dr.subhendu Kar (11/20/2015 11:12:00 AM)


    love of empathy is crux of relation in between known and unknown
    even if known with no light of love to curve a shadow is still unknown
    as when unknown bounces to bolster stemming tide to hold love
    yet very reason does verge to spur a bond to turn unknown to known,
    while knowing each other to know, like earth looking on to sun
    when interplay acts on to drive a reek of distinction to draw a curve of tangent by touch, wonderful write, yet compelling, inspiring too to spell hello...10+, thanks for sharing
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  • Souren Mondal (11/20/2015 12:15:00 AM)


    Sometimes while we gradually 'discover' another person, we gradually start to 'feel' that person and she or he becomes an essential part of us... Empathy is the most crucial and rarely found virtue in human beings nowadays.. But sometimes it's good NOT to be an empath when the one we conncect with is a charlatan, which, happens a lot with empaths...

    A very, if I may say, carefully and beautifully crafted poem Bharti.. Thank you for sharing...
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (11/21/2015 8:12:00 AM)

    Thanks for analytical and insightful comment.

  • Valsa George (11/17/2015 10:15:00 AM)


    There is universality in human emotions! When we see somebody thinking and behaving as we do, we are moved to surprise and we feel that they are our duplicate! Naturally we feel a special affinity towards them! A sweet write, Bharati! (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (11/17/2015 7:07:00 PM)

    Thank you so much for your appreciation.Yes human feelings are so similar.When we analyse we can see part of us in those feelings.

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/16/2015 10:03:00 AM)


    Anyone who read this poem will think that it is written for him. Sweetness is dripping from lines. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/13/2015 1:33:00 PM)


    Nice one.............. Your tears like my own
    Pain, pleasure, laughter, sorrow
    Courage and fear
    Are so much like my pain or pleasure
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (11/13/2015 8:12:00 PM)

    Thank you so much for your valuable opinion.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 13, 2015



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