Unclaimed Poem by Vikram Seth


Rating: 4.1

To make love with a stranger is the best.
There is no riddle and there is no test. --

To lie and love, not aching to make sense
Of this night in the mesh of reference.

To touch, unclaimed by fear of imminent day,
And understand, as only strangers may.

To feel the beat of foreign heart to heart
Preferring neither to prolong nor part.

To rest within the unknown arms and know
That this is all there is; that this is so.

Pooja Gawde 26 November 2007

This poem shows a sense of alienation with the word 'love' which we all 'love' to talk about..'love your country', your 'man'..the list goes onn! Is it a coincidence that India is suffering from 'brain drain' and 'men'? ? ? ? (arent men from mars)

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Nick Kler 15 November 2017

He is talking on a lighter note. How is India, in particular, suffering from men?

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Gajanan Mishra 30 January 2012

Very good poem. It touches me. I invite you to read my poem Oath and other poems please and write something. Yours, Gajanan Mishra

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Sarvesh Kulkarni 20 October 2008

A fantastic poem. A very different subject and amazingly expressed with perfect simplicity. Thank you.

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Suryendu Chaudhury 30 September 2020

Not a great idea to be conveyed through a poem. However, there is that specific lack which makes it readable still.

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Pratima 11 April 2019


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lishisubhasiny 25 February 2019

express the feel of one's love

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Fateh singh 04 April 2018

It is a good creation of vikram seth.this is a love poem which touchs heart of the reader

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Ramesh Rai 17 July 2015

Peacefully delighted the soul. Regards.

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Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth

Kolkata / India
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