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To the boy whose heart I broke for all the right reasons:
PHOTO Magnolia Pictures ART Clare Magno

Never date someone who
Calls you heartless
For you've given him all your heart
And he has taken it with him,
Leaving you empty

Never date someone who
Turns people against you
Telling them a one sided story
When they won't even ask you
If he ever said sorry

Never date someone who
Abuses you with words
Especially online—
Who can't say it to your face
And tries to make things better with hugs instead

Because apparently,
seeing someone in person
Makes him forget
all the abusive things he's said

It makes him a coward
Never date someone who
Makes you feel like your reasons
For leaving aren't valid

Isn't hurting me everyday
Enough of an excuse to go?
Isn't crying myself to sleep every night
Enough of an excuse to leave?

Never date someone who
Makes you feel like crap
Even when you've been treating them
With so much kindness and respect

Despite all the pain you've endured
Never date someone who
Tells people
"You don't know what she's really like"

Because it's true,
They don't
They don't make the effort
To know my side of the story

Never date someone who
Doesn't know their faults
And doesn't apologize
For hurting people and
For making love difficult
Over and over and over

Never date someone who
Makes pain a side effect of love

Never date someone who
Believes that love should be all of the above

Because obviously
That isn't love

Never date someone who
Thinks you never loved them
Or never even tried

Because you did

I did

But this is not love
And this pain cannot be fixed with hugs

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