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Pick of the Day: Love letters in the classifieds

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A couple in Tennessee hoping to buy an engagement ring holds hands. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post

Maybe it’s the randomness. Or the rawness. But there is something about Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” that never disappoints. To look feels wrong. Like peeking into an adult’s diary. Did he notice me? Oh, why didn’t I look to see if he had a wedding ring on? I should’ve looked.

Yes, there are creepy entries (Do you really think the McDonald’s cashier noticed you, of all the people who approached the counter that day?) And sad entries (You met him 10 years ago, get over it already. No, he is not still waiting for you). But every once in a while, there are beautifully written ones – entries in which it is clear the writer took care in choosing each word. They are crafted; not just typed.

Here’s one I saw yesterday under the D.C. listings that caught my eye. It’s from a man whose “missed connection” happened on Mt. Pleasant St. NW:

you looked like an oil on canvass of a waltzing Dutchess...

your emerald eyes seemed to match every color in the scarf wafting behind your unique frenetic gait. i watched you glide up the avenue to the disbelief of the hapless passersby and shiftless immigrants at the 7-11 in their spirited wonder and poorly disguised awe. i noticed.

your grace was matched only by your pace. which, while it could be interpreted as coldness, i could only assume it meant you were in a hurry to be somewhere you were deserved…

i hear january third is an important date. let's you and me have a private dinner.
for two.

i'll pick the place.

we can lose each other in a mutual gaze, and let the bourbon roll off our tongues like a second language...

Over the top? Maybe. Imaginative? Definitely. But that's the thing about these modern day love letters. It doesn't matter if you or I like them. They are written with the knowledge that the people for whom they're intended will likely never see them.

By Theresa Vargas  | December 30, 2009; 9:01 AM ET
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