Nupur Raut (Batch of 2017)
Those who date nonconformists often wonder
How they must please their significant other.
But I’ve figured one of these types out:
Let me tell you how it’s to be gone about.
The first thing to do is to stay away from convention
(Fancy dinners are something you must never mention).
Do whatever you can that’s not the norm,
Find a way to not conform.
Don’t gift him on his birthday, because dates are an illusion.
Heck, find him a way to start a proletariat revolution.
Elaborate plans are mainstream; abandoning them is your goal
You must also work to demolish gender roles.
Take selfies and pull funny faces,
Do risky things in public places.
Take him to a talk on workers’ rights,
Debate the Manifesto throughout the night.
But don’t give him flowers, he doesn’t like those,
And don’t take his pictures, he doesn’t like to pose.
But listen and learn from his newest stories, please
And write him poems just like these.
Surprise him with amateur stand-up comedy shows
Take him to a part of town that no one knows
Find a cuisine that you’ve never tried before
And eat at roadside stalls some more.
But when you meet him, hold him close
Run your fingers over the bridge of his nose
You’re so much in love, you know it well
But you don’t have to say it: he can tell.