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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Missed Connections

A few years ago I was obsessed with the Missed Connections section of the Reader (which, sadly, is now dorkily called "I Saw You." Aw, man.) So that is the basis of the following story. It was harder than I expected to come up with only 25 words each time.

February 7
Hey blue-eyed girl on the Blue Line train, evening commute. I see you every day. Maybe next time, a hello? 'Til we meet again . . .

February 14
My nerves got the best of me, blue eyes. I couldn't bring myself to approach you. Try again next week? Be kind to shy men.

February 21
Hectic work. Overtime kept me from your side. The late-night ride is not the same without you. Did I mention I miss your smile?

February 28
You, this week, absent from my ride again. My schedule is the same. Have you changed your routine? My fault? Do you even read these?

March 7
Dark man with you Wednesday. A date? Has someone already a claim on your heart? You smile at him, not knowing of my love.

March 14
Alone again. But not me. Never fear, the woman was only a co-worker. My heart belongs to you . . . if only you would notice me.

March 21
Tuesday you dropped a glove. My chance! The teenage boy got to it first. You gave him the smile meant for me. Next time . . .

March 28
Your new coat matches your eyes. I heard you get compliments. They should have been from me. Your beauty brightens my day after all.

April 4
Sneezing Wednesday. Are you getting a cold? I said "bless you." Conversation at last! Why did you not respond? Did you hear me?

April 11
No illness this week. Why did you leave your seat when I mentioned that? Stay and talk to me. You must.

April 18
Blue eyes, your friend called you Cara. Next time, I'll use it, and you will see how special you are to me.

April 25
Cara, your stop is after mine. Today I stayed on to see where you live. So close we are. You could walk over.

May 2
Did you see the flowers I left on your stoop for May day? You need romance. I can be so giving. Let me in.

May 9
Cara, always evenings, never mornings. That's not how I crave it. I want you freshly awake, unsullied by the day and interactions with others.

May 16
I have your mornings now. Coffee here, bagel there. Blue eyes, you are radiant at sunrise. Seeing you keeps me going every day.

May 23
This weekend, where were you? Apartment dim each evening, late return on Sunday. Your eyes aglow--for whom? Me? You couldn't have seen me there.

May 23 (ad 2)
Sturdy oak tree, spring leaves offer one protection. You with no curtains offer me sweet glimpses again. I know that you care. I am near.

May 30
Warm nights now, Cara. Give me a sign that you're ready. Leave a window open for me, my love.

June 6
At last, my blue eyes, how I've waited for this. Sweet soft cheek, see how gentle my touch? A quiet kiss. I'll be here tomorrow.

June 13
Blue lights flashing, fiercer than the glow from your eyes. How could you do this? I thought you cared. This is not the end.


Blogger Olivejuice said...

Ellie! I love!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love it! I've always wanted to be a "Missed Connection" but not a crazy-stalker-killer one.

8:39 AM  
Blogger jamie said...

Ellie, this was very, very cool. VERY.

8:57 AM  
Blogger mojobeans said...

Ellie, that was deliciously creepy. (not on a bad way) I loved it.

9:55 AM  
Blogger LE said...

Thank you so much!

I would read the Missed Connections every single week. I always wanted to see one for me!

10:38 AM  
Blogger tish said...

LE, this was so creepy!! I was memirized by it.

2:25 PM  
Blogger joolz said...

Ellie, I really liked this! I had no idea you wrote.

10:30 PM  

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