by Vikram Seth (20 June 1952 - )
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.
Don't Be Literary, Darling
by Sasha Moorsom (25 January 1931 - 22 June 1993)
Don't be literary, darling, don't be literary
If you're James in the morning you're Hemingway in bed
Don't talk of yourself in the style of your own obituary-
For who cares what they say of you after you're dead.
Don't be always a thought ahead and a move behind
Like a general reconnoitring dangerous ground,
This is a game it's much better to enter blind
And the one who wins is the one who is caught and bound.
If you can't be straight then just say nothing instead.
I'll know what you mean much better than if it was said.