Describe him in a poem.
“His name is Alex, and he’s actually a poet. So, that’s kind of funny. I used to write a little bit, but never seriously. Since meeting him and hearing his poetry, just how much he loves it and studies it and everything, it's really inspired me to write more poetry? I don’t know. Little bits of things here and there -- he could be talking, and I could just imagine it as a poem.”
Is there something he said to you that was poetic?
“He’s a little bit more quiet about his poems. Anytime he reads any poetry to me, whether it’s his or someone else’s, I’m just kind of entranced in it. I did write a poem for him once. I don’t know -- our relationship is kind of the first for him like this. I don’t think he knew how to navigate so much at first. I would always smile at him so big, and he would just look back at me like, ‘I see you’re smiling huge at me, but I’m not sure what that is…’ So. But now, it’s different. He gives me the biggest, cheesiest grin. I don’t know.
I don’t remember [the poem] exactly, but I just remember I wrote a little poem that was something like, ‘In the beginning of time, only one half moon shone in the sky, and now we’re lit.’ It was silly. Something about how two bright moons are shining to each other. So, I don’t know. That’s kind of dorky. In the beginning, I was unsure and shy. Now we’re both beaming. It just makes me think of the moon -- so luminous and just so much energy and weight being lifted.”
What would the song be that penetrates the room during your first dance?
“That’s really tough because I’m trying to decide whether or not it would be a slow, romantic, very -- you know -- or just a complete dorky, dancing celebration because we’re very much like that. He often sings and plays guitar for me. I don’t know. I’m thinking almost like a Kinks song or something. The song goes ‘Strangers on this road we’re on.’ But that’s like the line -- the chorus. ‘Strangers on this road we’re on, we are not two, we are one.’ It’s kind of slow. It could be like a slow-dancy kind of song. Yeah, I think of that just because we’ve listened to it together. He’s sang it and played it for me.”
If you could describe him in a meal, what would that meal be?
“We cook together all the time. [It would be] mostly vegetables. We both love food and love cooking, but he’s always so questioning. ‘We could do sweet potatoes and carrots. Does that go together?’ And I’m like, ‘Why wouldn’t that go together? There’s vegetables.’ It’s great. It would be a very planned out dish, I think.
I don’t know if it is ‘us,’ but it just reminds me… I don’t know. Some kind of vegetable and potato home-fry kind of thing. And then there would be sausage, or some kind of meat for me. And eggs for him. We can’t have some of the same things. We compromise on meals. I think it would have to represent that a little bit -- how there are some things on [one] side.”
How would he have his eggs?
“Fried. Over-easy eggs.”
“Always chocolate. Chocolate bars. Yep, salted almond chocolate bars. They’re perfect.
“And coffee, definitely. That might be it, just coffee and chocolate as dessert. Simple, but really nice and appreciating the nuances about both.”