Love, as many would agree, is a beautiful emotion. Several poems and songs have been written on it and are still being composed. However, with all its charm, the emotion can also be extremely painful, especially if it is unrequited. While many talk about fulfilled love, it is perhaps time to acknowledge unrequited love, more than it is usually done. It goes without saying that loving someone and not being loved in return can be extremely painful, and while many may flounder to word it properly, Sabrina Benaim, a Toronto-based writer and performance artist does a fantastic job, in capturing the emotion.
In her poem ‘Unrequited Love: A Play in Nine Acts’, she narrates how difficult and painful it is to love and not be loved back. Holding all that love, she says, is akin to “heavy pockets”, it is like “a place that everyone can see is burning” except the “place is a person”. Her performance poetry had over 1 million views in just a few hours.