The Unrequited Love

Have you ever loved 
With all your heart
And had it broken
Into a zillion pieces
By a single line
Or word of indifference
‘I didn’t see it coming’
‘We’re just good friends’
A clear ‘No”
A confused ‘maybe’ 
Even an emphatic little nod 
Or that subtle right head tilt 
Pretending they perfectly understand
The agony, the ordeal 
The searing pain 
that rips your chest
As they try to balm
Console, soothe, mollify
You with fake promises 
of togetherness
Not in this lifetime,
mind you, but 
maybe in another one…

Have you ever loved
With all your heart
And regretted the choice
Of confiding without confirming
Trusting without testing
Forgiving without forsaking
The heart that did 
a silly flip
The mind that soared
senseless high
Eyes that glazed
pulse that raced
All for a forbidden love
That would never be yours
Not in this lifetime, 
mind you, but 
maybe in another one…

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Prinyanka Naik
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