Vikram Seth
Round And Round by Vikram Seth

Round And Round by Vikram Seth

After a long and wretched flightThat stretched from daylight into night,Where babies wept and tempers shatteredAnd the plane lurched and whiskey splatteredOver my plastic food, I ...

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Distressful Homonyms by Vikram Seth

Distressful Homonyms by Vikram Seth

Since for me now you have no warmth to spareI sense I must adopt a sane and spare Philosophy to ease a restless stateFuelled by this uncaring. It will state A very meagre truth: ...

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Prandial Plaint by Vikram Seth

Prandial Plaint by Vikram Seth

My love, I love your breasts, I love your nose.I love your accent and I love your toes.I am your slave. One word, and I obey.But please don't slurp your morning brew that way.

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Unclaimed by Vikram Seth

Unclaimed by Vikram Seth

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 senseOf this night in the mesh of reference.To touch, ...

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All You Who Sleep Tonight by Vikram Seth

All You Who Sleep Tonight by Vikram Seth

All you who sleep tonightFar from the ones you love,No hand to left or rightAnd emptiness above -Know that you aren't aloneThe whole world shares your tears,Some for two nights or ...

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Interpretation by Vikram Seth

Interpretation by Vikram Seth

Somewhere within your loving look I sense,Without the least intention to deceive,Without suspicion, without evidence,Somewhere within your heart the heart to leave.

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Song ‘Coast Starlight’ by Vikram Seth

Song ‘Coast Starlight’ by Vikram Seth

Some days I feel a sadness not of griefThe shadows lengthen on the earth's reliefSalinas flows by like a silver shawlA girl waves from the mission wall.

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Protocols by Vikram Seth

Protocols by Vikram Seth

What can I say to you? How can I retractAll that that fool my voice has spoken -Now that the facts are plain, the placid surface cracked,The protocols of friendship broken? I ...

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The Golden Gate – I (A Novel In Verse) by Vikram Seth

The Golden Gate – I (A Novel In Verse) by Vikram Seth

1.1.To make a start more swift and weighty,Hail Muse. Dear Reader, once uponA time, say, circa 1980,There lived a man. His name was John.Successful in his field though ...

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The Frog And The Nightingale by Vikram Seth

The Frog And The Nightingale by Vikram Seth

Once upon a time a frogCroaked away in Bingle BogEvery night from dusk to dawnHe croaked awn and awn and awnOther creatures loathed his voice,But, alas, they had no choice,And the ...

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Sit by Vikram Seth

Sit by Vikram Seth

Sit, drink your coffee here; your work can wait awhile.You're twenty-six, and still have some life ahead.No need for wit; just talk vacuities, and I'llReciprocate in kind, or ...

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Time Zones by Vikram Seth

Time Zones by Vikram Seth

I willed my love to dream of me last night, that we might lieat peace, if not beneath a single sheet, under one sky.I dreamed of her but she could not alas humour my will;it ...

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Mistaken by Vikram Seth

Mistaken by Vikram Seth

I smiled at you because I thought that youWere someone else; you smiled back; and there grewBetween two strangers in a librarySomething that seemes like love; but you loved me(If ...

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How Rarely These Few Years by Vikram Seth

How Rarely These Few Years by Vikram Seth

How rarely all these few years, as work keeps us aloof,Or fares, or one thing or another,Have we had days to spend under our parents' roof:Myself my sister, and my brother.All ...

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Night Watch by Vikram Seth

Night Watch by Vikram Seth

Awake for hours and staring at the ceilingThrough the unsettled stillness of the nightHe grows possessed of the obsessive feelingThat dawn has come and gone and brought no light. ...

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Octet by Vikram Seth

Octet by Vikram Seth

You don't love me at all? O God. O Shit.You still 'respect me.' Thanks. I value itAbout as much as one who's asked to useA second hat when he's in need of shoes.Since, I discover, ...

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Across by Vikram Seth

Across by Vikram Seth

Across these miles I wish you well.May nothing haunt your heart but sleep.May you not sense what I don't tell.May you not dream, or doubt, or weep.May what my pen this peaceless ...

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From California by Vikram Seth

From California by Vikram Seth

Sunday night in the house.The blinds drawn, the phone dead.The sound of the kettle, the rain.Supper: cheese, celery, bread.For company, old lettersIn the same disjointed ...

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Progress Report by Vikram Seth

Progress Report by Vikram Seth

My need has frayed with time; you said it would.It has; I can walk again across the floodOf gold sil popples on the straw-gold hillsUnder a deep Californian sky that expelsAll ...

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A Style Of Loving by Vikram Seth

A Style Of Loving by Vikram Seth

Light now restricts itselfTo the top half of trees; The angled sunSlants honey-coloured raysThat lessen to the groundAs we bike throughThe corridor of Palm DriveWe twoHave reached ...

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Last Night by Vikram Seth

Last Night by Vikram Seth

Last night your faded memory came to meAs in the wilderness spring comes quietly,As, slowly, in the desert moves thew breeze,As to a sick man, without cause, comes peace

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Promise by Vikram Seth

Promise by Vikram Seth

I will be easy company; the blurOf what I longed for once will fade to space.No thought that could discomfort you will stir.My eyes will painlessly survey your face.

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The Wind by Vikram Seth

The Wind by Vikram Seth

With no companion to my mood,Against the wind as it should be,I walk, but in my solitudeBow to the wind that buffets me.

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At Evening by Vikram Seth

At Evening by Vikram Seth

Let me now sleep, let me not think, let meNot ache with inconsistent tenderness.It was untenable delight; we are free--Separate, equal--and if loverless,Love consumes time which ...

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