20 First Dates - Part One

I've always been a relationship person. Whether that relationship was a few short months before I moved on, or longer, I have never been a good dater. I like the adventure of meeting someone and figuring out, one person at a time, if they're a good fit. I wrote a poem at age 13 or 14 that apparently was controversial but still won the school wide poetry contest my freshman year of high school; it was about finding myself, but it applies really well here.


I was born white in a black person's body in a tan person's soul

and though I struggled to get out

no one understood

that I was slowly changing shades

trying on different ones to give me different views.

I felt eventually I'd find myself and the color that

was right for me, but meanwhile

I'm stuck

with twelve pairs of sunglasses.