It has been portrayed as bittersweet
deeply romantic; hauntingly beautiful
and, even, strangely fulfilling--mostly by
myth-makers. Yearning without notice
giving with no return, while the object
of your obsession may be met or unmet
near or far, kind or cruel. You could
burn for weeks; smolder for years
you might dare a futile declaration
or opt to fantasize from a distance.
Still, yours will be the unrelenting
torment of that decidedly
who loves someone
they can never have.