I keep a little square of newspaper in a cupboard in my office. Practically the only thing in that cupboard, the wee scrap lives alone. It reads:
Lonely Country Boy. 5’10”.
160 lb. Age 72. Would like to
meet 60-70 year old medium
to slender lady, tall to under
tall. Please be honest &
The ad concludes with a phone number.
Now, each time I open the cupboard, I read about the country boy and wonder. Did he find his medium to slender? Did honest & sincere make the call? Maybe she feeds his hungry as she feeds his lonely and he has gained a pound or two. What would his classified read now?
Your turn. Write a poem or short piece in the style and voice of a personals or classifieds ad. Read C. D. Wright’s “Personals” for inspiration.