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The Unrequited Mantra

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The Unrequited Mantra

Do you still love me? 
You asked as we spooned in the night.
I will always love you, I replied.
Again you asked, 
Do you still love me?
And again my reply,
I will always love you, 
...comforted by the feelings aroused by the chant.

More than a cry for love; more than a promise
An incanted mantra, an affirmation, a prayer
A reassuring echo to your heart’s ping
A shared moment of truth…
…or only a truth in the moment, a moment passed.

We don’t hold each other in the night any more, 
for that was a decade ago…in this life.
And yet, here in my heart the echo continues, 
...still answering the now silent ping.

In moment after moment of an eternal unshared truth,
I will always love you.

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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 7:25:00 PM

    Linda, congratulations with your poem on Andrea's, favorite list. always~ Linda

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 9:00:00 PM

    I'm reviewing poems I have faved at Soup and noticing you have been missing from Poetry soup. Sure would like to see you enter this golden olide into my current contest. All entries I've faved are winners. the contest will close fast. I hope you are well. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 7:05:00 AM

    This is a real world poem. I like the flow of the words and the message. The imagery is quite vivid. Great job! Joseph

  1. Date: 3/25/2010 11:58:00 AM

    Congrats Linda on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. an excellent choice to feature and share...luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/24/2010 9:04:00 PM

    Congratulations on your poem feature this week. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/23/2010 4:02:00 AM

    Love can be like that...until one finally is able to love again...and maybe longer. Congratulations Linda, on your poetry feature this week. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 1:11:00 PM

    Loved this one Linda since it's conception. Congrats again ...Glad it got a little more lime light.-Robert

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 9:43:00 AM

    This is really moving Linda. Well done on being featured, well deserved!

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 5:36:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Linda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/22/2010 4:52:00 AM

    Congrats on the featured poem---well done!!

  1. Date: 3/21/2010 12:23:00 PM

    Many congrats on your deserved featured piece. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 7:36:00 PM

    Very well written.I liked.I also stopped by to say hi and hope all is well with you.

  1. Date: 1/19/2010 3:00:00 PM

    Beautiful love poem, Linda!...You are very talented and I'm looking forward to reading more...Also thanks so much for your kind comment on 'Gaurdian Angels'...Very encouraging! I will certainly look up that web-site you mentioned! - Tim

  1. Date: 1/16/2010 2:15:00 PM

    Linda, I came here to read the last poem of yours I can find to read and to tell you how wonderful you are doing for a a month-old poet, and I stumble on this REALLY great piece. It is poignanat. It is grand. It is going to my favs. Luv,Andrea ps. Now you are doing baby steps. Experiment with forms. And soon you will be running and filling up this club with poetry.

  1. Date: 1/16/2010 1:10:00 PM

    this was so..... intrestingly truthful for love that pass the test of time. as for the cure i suppose the art of forgiveness and submissiveness will have to be employed. i like the subjectes you use, John H. Loving III

  1. Date: 1/16/2010 5:38:00 AM

    Most excellent and heartfelt write...unassuming but proud and warm! Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 9:14:00 AM

    Wow You are brilliant! What? Only three Poems! You leave me wanting more!

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 2:51:00 AM

    This is gorgeous! Such a rendering of soft and un-dying love. Thank you for sharing your poetic talent, Linda, and thank you for your kind comments. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 1:05:00 PM

    Ahhhh Linda, Thank you for your confirmation of betrayal! Only one who has been there recognizes the the black hole! Thank You! And Best Wishes..Very nice write and I believe this never goes away.... Jeralynn

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 3:56:00 PM

    Hi Linda! read your nice poem again.Soup mail Robert

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 9:15:00 AM

    Just stopping by to say hello.Hope all is well and thank you for everything.

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 6:34:00 AM

    looking forward to more poems from your own heart, Linda. Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my free verse. God bless you. Robert

  1. Date: 12/27/2009 1:31:00 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Robert. I love this poem, my first born. It's been almost therapeutic for me to give voice to these feelings, especially here. As I read through others' poems, including your own precious renderings, I've come to appreciate what an extraordinary venue this is...and an amazing community of souls who witness and encourage one another.

  1. Date: 12/27/2009 12:51:00 PM

    Hi Linda, beautiful poem here! Kudos on the success of putting thoughts and feelings to words. yup ,mind heart and memory coming together to as you say "give birth to this poem." That feeling of nakedness is there sometimes depending how deep down you reahed for the poem. At least that's my experience.enjoyed. -Robert

  1. Date: 12/18/2009 7:29:00 AM

    Thank you for sharing.

  1. Date: 12/18/2009 12:44:00 AM

    I appreciate your comment, Carol. This being my first posting, it's been an interesting process. A part of me was the observer as the poem gestated then emerged; another part of me actually wrote the thing...birthed it, if you will. If not purely left brain and right brain, there is definitely dual parentage going on there. And as in giving birth to a child, there is the feeling of nakedness, of being so intimately exposed. Does everyone have that experience when writing poetry?

  1. Date: 12/16/2009 3:58:00 PM

    Thank you for sharing your amazing poetry with us today Linda. Love, Carol