Everyone loves a story of love unrequited.
But what of the stories of the unrequited lovee?
The pain of an unrequited lover
is a sorrow so admiringly drenched in hope.
Is the pain of the unrequited
any less worth feeling, just because it's tinged
with a more negative flavor?
With so few, if any, examples
of the unrequitee's narrative perspective,
who are we to judge what great
expectations she may hold?
Or what her pain is
intermingled with? Perhaps
it's disgust, perhaps
it is regret, perhaps
it is in fact
more complicated than that
of the celebrated lover.
didn't ask for this, you see.
She didn't ask for affections
she couldn't return.
She didn't want to be raised with
a keenly aware oblivion of
her powers to charm.
She didn't fully understand
that her particular face
or combination thereof
would make her
the target of unrequited love.
"You can't control
who you love!" screams
a thousand themes
but always in favor of the lover.
"You can't control who loves you!"
we should rejoin
as we realize it's not
the unrequited's mistake.
And sometimes those celebrated lovers
are actually quite guilty of crossing lines.
Should we elevate groveling louts?
And demonize those inside blinds?
Love unrequited is a tragedy,
But it's time to include both as heart-rending!
If Estella were telling the story
maybe we'd finally see
that a love unrequited's the most tragic
for the unrequited lovee.
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I know the ending of Great Expectations, but let's take a moment to appreciate the unwritten complexity that must be present in all of the world's Estellas, regardless of their intended, manipulated device.