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What Not to Say on the First Date... MAG

December 11, 2015
By JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 523 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

the way i see

it, we have two




be each others

One. give me the


leave the wedding


me; and soon we'll boast about this

diaper-changing Happily

Ever After at

dave and sharon's

wine tasting.


or b)

not. it'll be

an explosive


to the best thing


ever had; or perhaps we'll just

get bored, become each others

mistakes to look back on,

laugh nervously, and

(please dear god) change

the subject.


a lot of

presure, don't you



we'll either get it right;

or we won't.

our cells will

have been made from the

stardust that

designed the universe;

or they won't.

you'll either

be holding my hand as

i'm dying

of Being Really Old,


to me in exquisite

detail how

all the kisses, fights, days

lying in

bed, late night ramblings,

inside jokes

and timeless stories have

made this life

of yours so worth living;

or you won't.


and we will either be


or we won't.


a lot of

pressure, don't you



i've tried to explain to

my mother

but she won't have it -

hence why i'm

here today. you've chosen

a coffee

shop, which, according to


love song and romantic


i've come across, is a

good sign. of

course, your drink is a more


brown than it is black, but

i'm willing

to overlook this for




the way i see

it, we have two options:



leave. i could leave

you with your kind


your contagious


(and the check); and you could reject

me for every flaw i

try to cover up with

sarcasm and some

witty banter.


or b)

we could spend

the rest of our short lives


ourselves our cells came from

the very



The author's comments:

I'm used to writing song lyrics, so if there is anything I could have done better with this let me know, and enjoy my passive-aggressive take on romance.

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