As part of Valentine’s examination on modern love, Motley has delved into the world of bad dates, personal essays and poetry. Aaron O’Neill shares his thoughtful words


You Look Like You Know Me


You look like you know me

When your skin stretches wide

And your eyes take flight

Between your face

And mine.

If this is knowledge

Then my education is somewhat lacking

When it comes to knowing

Where mine ends

And our state begins.

The mysteries of your affection

And your lack of affection

Linger still

Despite that fog being lifted

In a haze of wine and women’s suffrage

Some time ago.

To this I say nothing

And mean everything

And let it rest in the silence

That hangs between two people

Who can’t shut up.


By Aaron O’Neill