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Poem: Online Match

A short poem summarizing the reality of most online dating matches.

Poem: Online Match
Nicole Fung Calleja

No one is ignorant of the fact that dating apps are more popular than ever. They may have started as something that 30-year-olds used when seeking a partner for serious relationships, but thanks to our dating culture, college students all over the world have taken over these online dating apps. In lieu of a long story about previous personal experience, here's a little poem about matching online.


Today’s matches are made

with clicks and

swipes, and yet

you wonder

why your heart

beats steady, does not

skip or

why your smile

is not fixed in

place, why

you’re still

walking through empty

corridors and

halls and why

there are spaces

between your

fingers that

are not filled

How can you

expect to feel

crunch of sand beneath

the soles of your feet

and a tight hold

on your hand

as the sun lays

down for the

approaching night

In a screen; in the

Screen of your phone,

Of your laptop,

Of your tablet,

To find truth

in a sea of lies

like the scrambled words

in a word search

Tinder, OkCupid,

Bae, Zoosk,

All these tools that

match you up,

that search for your

next hookup like

an addict looks for

the next fix.

It’s all about the

pixelated faces,

the abs, the hair

fabricated witty

lines and business-like

conversations stating

date, time, place

Caught in the screen’s

white-glaring light

just like a moth is


Convinced that

you’ll be

guided to

the one you have been

Looking for.

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