All You Who Sleep Tonight

This is the title poem in one of Vikram Seth’s books of poetry. I found it while randomly “surfing” books at my high school library — quite a few years ago now. It’s still probably my favorite poem.

All You Who Sleep Tonight

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.

Vikram Seth

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