Harbourwalk Poem W283

Can I wake up to
Her is my criterion
For whether or not –
I’d pursue online dating
Profiles with little info




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

If you’ve ever done or seen online dating profiles, you’ll know some only come with one, or several pictures, and not much else. How is one supposed to judge whether to take interest in said person? Looks is pretty much the only way, once you get through any of the little info that might make a difference, like age.

So with looks, how does someone judge another’s looks for attractiveness? Sure, someone could simply look cute, handsome, beautiful, whatever words you want to use. But what threshold or test does one use for attractiveness, whether consciously or subconsciously? I’m sure for a lot of people, it’d be if they want to have sex with that person? For some, it might be can they look at that person lots over time. For me, interested in women, I pick what could be considered the most vulnerable moment for someone,  but especially women, which is often when they wake-up, where they wouldn’t have make-up. I try to imagine the person in the profile pics without make-up, if it seems they don’t have such a picture, and ask myself if I could wake-up to the sight of such a person next to me? It’s easier when the profile has a picture where there is either very little make-up that it’s hard to tell, or clearly no make-up at all. But yes, that’s my criteria.

To be fair, I hope they do the same to me to spare them any trauma if they don’t and get surprised lol

The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, during the warmer months of 2018 & 2019, when the Seabridge was in place.

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