Questions To Ask A Potential Lover – Arcadie

Do you think the world is black and white or as grey as a bullet

Arcadie is a writer and poet from Brighton, now calling South London home. Inspired by both the world around her and the relationships humans have with each other, she writes poems described as ‘storytelling to a rhythm’ and likes to write extensively on matters of the heart.

Questions to ask a potential lover 

How are you

How are you really

Where do you consider home to be

When you stand up too quickly do you get headrush

Do you get headrush when you think of me

Do you look up at the sun even though you shouldn’t

If you do, do you get those dots that dance across your eyelids

The ones you can’t quite focus on

Do those dots remind you of an acid trip

Have you ever taken acid

When you did did you see things

Like the world through the lens of an old VHS tape from the 80s

Like the view from the top of a toll bridge

Like your future with a partner

Do you want kids

How would you react if your kids took acid

When was the last time you cried

When was the last time you really cried, cried so hard you wept enough salt water to keep a sole* in

Is it a sign of the times that the Amazon is burning or could we do something to stop it

Would you pray to a god if you thought it could really change anything

Is it better to do something good and shout about it or suffer in silence

Would you consider yourself sad

Would you consider yourself happy

What does happiness mean to you

Does it feel like chocolate 

Does it feel like melted chocolate 

Does it feel like the specific feeling of chocolate melting in your mouth before the solid has fully become liquid

Do you even like chocolate 

Do you love your mum out of greed or necessity 

Are you close to your family

Do you prefer a wedding or a funeral

Do you get jealous

If I watched Love Island would you judge me

Or would you curl up on the sofa beside me with a glass of red wine and indulge in an hour of escapism by watching others succumb to what society expects of relationships 

Do you have your own Netflix account

If so what comes up on your recommended list

Is it true crime or chick flicks 

Do you love a rom-com because I think everyone kinda loves a rom-com

If I cried would you comfort me or leave the room because neediness makes you nervous

Did you like broccoli when you were a kid

When you fall asleep where do you go

Do you travel universes and warp reality

Do you dip feet in liquid silver dyed by the moon Do you just close your eyes and awaken again

Do you believe dreams mean anything

What’s your star sign

What’s your moon sign

What’s your rising sign

Which one do you identify with the most

Do you subscribe to the fact that astrology is a tool used by intellectual women to believe in something 

Are you a feminist

What do you think that word means

Does it make you cringe when I mention it

Does it make your eyes roll into the clouds of your brain when your eardrums absorb it

Are you a good person

Do you believe in kindness

What’s your favourite colour 

Do you think the world is black and white or as grey as a bullet

Do you think anything can be considered bulletproof 

Do you think everything I touch turns to gold or falls apart

Do you pray to pints of beer or whiskey

When was the last time someone asked you how you really were

Did you answer honestly


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