The Unrequited Mantra

Written by: Linda Witt-King

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.