Poetry On Odyssey: Words Hurt

Poetry On Odyssey: Words Hurt

Speechless and Broken

Words are more powerful than we will ever understand

"But darling if you're hurting, please just take my hand."

That's all I needed to hear when you tore me apart.

It's not a matter of when I will heal but rather where do I even start?

People always say, "words can never hurt me,"

I guess we can agree to disagree.

They must have never heard their world whisper "I don't love you anymore."

Watched the one they love walk right out the door.

But maybe it wasn't those words that cut me deepest

Maybe it's the fact you left me at my weakest.

And possibly what we want to say is more important than what is spoken.

All I know is you left me here,

Speechless and broken.

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Meet Alexi & Dylan, Swoon's Latest #RelationshipGoals Featured Couple

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Alexi & Dylan

How long they've been together:

1 year, 2 months

How they met:

Alexi: We met on Tinder originally in like December of 2016 and then texted back and forth for roughly a month or two before we found time to meet up and actually go on our first date—which was on Valentine's Day. He had been on my campus once or twice in that time though so I probably ran into him a few times before then and just didn't know. But here we are a year later so it worked out!

What's the cutest thing about each other?

Alexi: We goof around a lot like we're best friends. We poke fun and we make each other smile as often as we can.

Dylan: I'd say that we can function well out in public despite being comically different.

What your favorite physical feature about each other?

Alexi: I love Dylan's eyes. They've always been my favorite part of him. They're so blue and I can't help but stare.

Dylan: I like her face. Just everything about it.

AND personality trait?

Alexi: I think as far as personality goes, I love how goofy he is. It takes a lot to make me laugh but it seems like just by being himself he makes me laugh. He sings to me at the most random times and makes a lot of jokes that keep me laughing.

Dylan: She cares a lot about people who are younger or less fortunate than her.

What is your favorite memory of each other?

Alexi: I think our third date is my favorite memory. That was the night we walked around his town for hours getting to know each other and I remember never wanting him to leave after the date was over. I really developed feelings for him that night.

Dylan: When we spent Christmas of 2017 together at my house with my family.

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Alexi: When we first started dating Dylan gave me flowers or my favorite candy every time I saw him. He also randomly makes me things when I talk about wanting to buy something. He made me a new jewelry box with everything I needed in it just because I mentioned needing a new one.

Dylan: She writes me really nice letters quite often.

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17 Reasons It's Never OK To Pursue Your Best Friend's Ex

Like, seriously, come on. This should be common sense, right?

Imagine finding out that your “best friend” has been dating your ex for a month and never had the courage to tell you. Yeah, true story.

I hate that I even have to write this article. Like, seriously, come on. This should be common sense, right? Simple logic.

For those simpleminded people who can't wrap their head around the concept of loyalty, here are 17 reasons you should never date your best friend's ex.

1. OK, first of all, good luck bringing that conversation up

I'd love to be a fly on the wall during that conversation.

2. Yes, she WILL care even if she says she doesn’t

Your best friend is going to want to support you because she loves you and wants you to be happy, but she's going to be torn between her love for you and the hurt of the betrayal. There are going to be old emotions involved and that's a lot to ask of someone. If you really care about her and don't want to hurt her, you won't even consider putting her in this position.

3. You'll have to choose between the two

You're going to have to make the decision between valuing your friendship or the possibility of falling in love. It's a tough decision and it's entirely yours to make, but if you choose a boy over your best friend, you better seriously reevaluate your friendship.

4. You might lose them both

You better believe that this is the man of your dreams because if you choose a fling over your best friend, she won't be there as your shoulder to cry on. You need to ask yourself, is this boy really worth risking years of friendship?

5. If you manage to remain friends, your friendship will never be the same

You're definitely going to lose her trust. You already dated one of her exes, who says you won't do it again? Please, for the love of God, don't do it again, once is bad enough.

6. You'll lose your other friends

Lord knows you're going to have some explaining to do to the rest of your friends. They were there to console her after the original breakup happened, but they might not be there for you. This is a major break in girl code and there may be a taking of sides. Be prepared to lose more than just the one friend.

7. Say goodbye to group hangouts

Not to mention it's going to be extremely awkward to bring your new boy to a party or to hang out with your friends when they know the history of the situation. It's like an unwanted reunion.

8. How would you feel if the roles were reversed?

Let's just bring this back to the Golden Rule we all learned way back in preschool: don't do to others what you wouldn't want to be done to you. Seems pretty basic right? How would you feel if your best friend went off and dated one of your ex-boyfriends? That's a pretty low blow.

9. It's NOT normal!!!

Seriously though, I don't care how many movies or TV shows show this happening, it is not normal for friends to play tradsies with each other's ex-boyfriends. That is all kinds of weird.

10. The jealousy will be unreal

If you thought dating a guy and being jealous of his ex that you didn't know was bad, you've got a big storm coming. If you date your BFF's ex-BF, you're going to know his ex, and you're sure as hell going to know how great she is because she's your best friend. Trust me, the fact that they dated is going to haunt you and you will start comparing your relationship to theirs. That's not a good place to be.

11. You'll compare yourself to her

Don't lie, we've all done it. More likely than not, you're going to compare your relationships to one another, and your boyfriend will do the same. Except now it's worse because you're being compared to your best friend. This for sure will put some strain on your relationship, you know if dating her ex hasn't already done enough.

12. It'll hurt you just as much as it hurts her

You're both losing your best friend and you're constantly going to be wondering if it was worth it.

13. You know their past

Best friends tell each other everything. She told you all about him, you were basically a part of their relationship. You know the good and the bad, and that's going to be weird.

14. You know the problems they had

You know everything that went wrong in their relationship. You know the fights they had and you know the reasons for why they broke up. What's to say these say problems won't ruin your relationship?

15. There could be hidden feelings

This definitely isn't always the case, but you never know if there are old emotions still lingering on either side. Do you really want to risk hurting your friend by dating someone they aren't over, or do you really want to date someone who isn't completely sure they want to be with you?

16. There are so many other guys out there

Honestly, there are 7.6 billion other people to pick from, did you have to choose him?

17. You get her sloppy seconds

Just saying.

If after all of this, you're still ready to date your best friend's ex, you need to think about if that friendship ever meant anything to you at all.

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