- 1. Coming to the door to pick someone up.
- 2. Trying to dress really nicely for a date.
- 3. Bringing flowers or other tokens of affection to the first date.
- 4. Going dancing that’s not grinding on a grimy club floor.
- 5. Straightforwardly asking someone out and not calling it “hanging out.”
- 6. Additionally, being clear about when you’re “going steady.”
- 7. Romantic gestures like writing poems.
- 8. Turning electronics off and just being with one another.
- 9. The general concept of asking permission for things.
- 10. Not assuming sex is to be had at any point in time.
don’t mistreat people who are sincerely kind
don’t use them for their generosity
and for fuck’s sake don’t take them for granted expecting them to always be there because they’re nice
good-natured people can be worn down so much that even they can become jaded
treat these people right
I am angry. This mouth had cement blocks
for teeth, and you will not taste an ocean of salt
in them. Not even a pile, or a thumbprint
piece of the sky’s reflection
if ever we are fighting.
I am nuclear. I say,
I am an after-war gunshot,
those who are left alive as witnesses
will only say their names as an apology
for breathing through their mouths.
You will breathe me
through a pile of dirt near a grave.
Some days, a tombstone will be planted on my chest,
and I cannot keep you alive with its beating.
Not in a way you keep me inhaling,
exhaling. You and everything you touch.
The flowers you bought at midnight,
the powder footprints on the bathroom floor,
will not fade away. I say, you are
too much of life to hold someone like me
when I am too much of the opposite.
I say, I am angry.
You say, no you are sad
but this sadness will not last unlike the ocean.
You kiss my tears and say,
“Now, there it is. The salt was just hiding,”
and I have to admit, it hurts
when we can only find it that way.