Before the Internet Age, you had to go out of your way to learn about people’s secret passions and sore regrets. If you wanted to earn the requisite level of confidence from someone, you had to either pour yourself into a long-term relationship or pour a stranger a stiff drink.

Or you could read confessional poetry.

Today, if you want to peek at the depths of sorrow or the heights of romantic fervor, you neither have to acquire loose-lipped friends nor listen to people wearing berets in smoky cafes. Presented below are actual entries from the Missed Connections section of Charleston Craigslist, divided into lines and stanzas and presented without embellishment.

Wasn’t sure about vibe – m4m – 48 (Summerville)

I talked to you

a little after midnight

in a parking lot about

failed relationships and custom car shows

wasn’t sure if you were trying to hookup

or what?

Walmart dancer – m4w – 50 (Mount Pleasant)

You were ahead of me

in quick checkout at Walmart,

wore white shorts and casual blouse;

I started whistling

an “old tune” you recognized

and you started dancing right there.

We spoke briefly

and shared oldies music memories.

I said “you have a great memory for music”

and you smiled

then walked away.

If you have rhythm

in your soul

and are looking for fun,

contact me here.

I hope we meet again.

Alex

the art dealing redhead – m4w – 25

I was drinking at the Gin Joint on East Bay,

and you

were sitting a couple seats down.

We talked about art,

my poor taste in modern artists,

and you

made me nail down my plans for the future,

and then “fate” had us separated.

Here’s to hoping

I hear from you again …

Long delay in Houston airport – w4m – 29 (into the wild)

You were reading “Into the Wild”

but you finished it

and then had nothing to read

for the next three hours.

I thought I caught you looking at me

a couple times, and I pretended to ignore you.

But I observed with great detail

as you

not-so-subtly

took off your sweater.

Just wanted a certain

tall, slender, golden-haired stranger

to know he made an awkward girl’s airport delay

a little more pleasant.

– Ukulele Girl

looking for the former Betty Parnell – m4w – 70 (Bonneau beach)

remember the Port Park Skating Rink?

looking for Betty Parnell.

I think she lives in goose creek.

Help me.

Circle K Holiday and Main – m4w – 42 (Summerville)

You work there and are absolutely gorgeous,

makes my day everytime I see you

but it never seems

like a good time

to say anything.

Fire West Ashley – m4w – 37 (Charleston)

There was a fire in our neighborhood.

We met each other outside

while investigating the fire

and we chatted.

I really enjoyed meeting you

and would love to see you

again.

As a disclaimer, this idea was stolen wholesale from the New York Times.

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