To tackle the dilemma of how to let someone know you’re not interested in a second date, I decided to get all Elizabeth Barrett Browning on you:
How do I blow off thee? Let me count the ways.
I blow off thee for weight and height.
For claims of age that don’t seem right.
For lack of chemistry and failure to praise.
I blow off thee any number of ways.
For photos proffered and deleted on sight.
For writing clichés, so hackneyed and trite.
I blow off thee quickly, at a wrong turn of phrase.
I blow off thee quietly, never meeting your gaze.
By hiding after saying, “I’ll talk to you soon."
By calling during thy lunch break at noon.
I blow off thee after our very first date.
‘Fore your habits on my nerves ever should grate.
I blow off thee to show you who’s boss.
Then why do I sense it is I that has lost?
Yeah, it’s a little melancholy, but all the great poets of the 1800’s had a light case of the blues, as well. So how do you tell someone that it’s the lack of chemistry that’s the reason for blowing someone off?
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