Strange Attractors Series: Part 1

The Pick-Up

I’ll just shoot my shot

BJ Dawson
2 min readNov 2, 2021


Photo by Lucas Pezeta from Pexels

Hey sweet-thing.

You’re a fine young man
— beautiful even –

Though, mature women like me
know better than to say it
to your babyface.

Not that it’s frowned upon in
our modern age, but
there’s an unspoken etiquette
baked into these intros.

You see, I’ve watched you from
just off the dancefloor,
and you have moves upon moves,

ah, but you dance alone
in a sea of women,
their eyes trained on your hips while
yours look right through them;

you know, the hitch in
your giddy-yup is
not lost upon me.

You seem to be waiting
for something.

Or someone.

I can’t tell which, so
I’ll just shoot my shot and then
we’ll sort it out once
the dust settles.



BJ Dawson

Medium Top Procrastinator. Guilty of writing under the influence. No, I’m not upset. My face always looks this way. INTP