Craigslist Poetry: Sparing your mama the drama 

The sharing of sweet sorrow

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Usually, the entries in the Missed Connections section of Craigslist are about what you would expect: fleeting glances in a bar or chance encounters at the gym that people didn't get the chance to parlay into romantic conversation. But every now and then, somebody on the message board will get the urge to broadcast the emotionally charged particulars of his or her love life. It's not always clear what the expected outcome is, but for people writing Harlequin romance novels or sad country songs, the temptation is strong to copy passages wholesale.

The following are real entries from the Charleston Craigslist Missed Connections board, broken into lines and stanzas and minimally edited for clarity:

Still To This Day - m4w (Am I Really Here)

Still to this day I love you.
I know I'm not supposed to be saying this
as it's out of place and puts a lot of pressure on you,
but it's steady been on my mind again.

I know things were wrong
and complicated,
but it's on my mind every second
of every day.

You'll probably never read this,
and even if you don't,
you know how I feel.
I have no one to talk to about it,
so I've resorted to Craigslist.


I miss your hugs - w4m (Charleston)

the most and I need one today.


You were what was needed - w4m (my side of the bridge)

at the time it was needed.
RB, you walked away
without ever looking back,
like I was nothing,
like I didn't matter.

You told me you would.
I didn't believe you could.
I thought you would miss me,
at least think of me.

Guess not.
It hurts
some.


COOKIE - m4w - 40 (MT.P)

THIS TIME LAST YEAR
WE WERE TOGETHER
AND I WAS MISERABLE
NOT WITH YOU
BUT THE SITUATION.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME!
I AM GETTING MARRIED
BUT NOT A DAY GOES BY
THAT I DON'T THINK ABOUT YOU

I KNOW WHAT WAS CAN
NEVER EVER BE. I MISS
YOU COOKIE THINKING OF
YOU ALWAYS, WILDEMAN


I Missed You Again - m4w - 48 (West Ashley)

I missed you again last night.
I saw you last week,
but you were pre-occupied
and I didn't want to bother you
when you were busy.

I wish you would find a reason
to text me so I would know
if you're still interested.
I'd love to know more about you. Again,

text me
and we'll do
that lunch
that you promised.


friday kiss - w4m - 99 (chas)

just wondering
what is next?

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