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    Beth Venus

    All You Who Sleep Tonight by Vikram Seth

    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.

    Reading this poem a while ago gave me a lot of comfort. What have people’s experiences of loneliness at night time been like and how have you overcome them?


    Thanks for sharing this poem, it is pretty amazing. I have often gone through feelings of intense loneliness at night, to the point where it even wakes me up at strange hours. I have found just focusing on my breathing and even listening to guided meditations helps a lot. Sometimes I will pray or even repeat affirmations to help shut off that fearful thinking and just the sad feelings. I know it is just the night time blues. I still struggle with it!


    I very much enjoyed this poem, it made me feel less lonely :). The night is hard, when the world seems quiet and there are less distractions. I go online and keep bookmarked sites (like this one) and blogs and read until I fall asleep, or not.

    Grace Smith

    I’m so glad you posted this poem, I thought I was the only feeling lonely at night. I keep having panic attacks at night but I’ve learnt to control my breathing, I’m only 14 so it’s a bit strange. But I’m glad I saw this 😀 What do you all do when you’re lonely at night?


    Dear Grace, you are not alone! Sometimes when I’m lonely at night I remember that this earth is so big, and there are other people awake, right now, doing things, worrying about things, and that there are other people being lonely too, just like me. I live in New York right now, but I’m from Hawaii, which is a 5-6 hour time difference away, so I try to think about how no matter what time it is, there is never a time between me and home where nobody is not awake doing something, and somehow that makes me feel less lonely. I tell myself that it’s okay to feel lonely because that means I know what it’s like to not feel lonely too ~*~

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