The Pros and Cons by Sophie Hannah
Heâ€™ll be pleased if I phone to ask him how he is.
It will make me look considerate and he likes considerate people.
Heâ€™ll be reassured to see that I havenâ€™t lost interest,
Which might make him happy and then Iâ€™ll have done him a favour.
If I phone him right now Iâ€™ll get to speak to him sooner
Than I will if I sit around waiting for him to phone me.
He might not want to phone me from work in case someone hears
And begins (or continues) to suspect that thereâ€™s something
If I want to and donâ€™t, arenâ€™t I being a bit immature?
Weâ€™re both adults. Does it matter, with adults, who makes the
But thereâ€™s always the chance heâ€™ll back off if I come on too strong.
The less keen I appear, the more keen heâ€™s likely to be,
And I phoned him twice on Thursday and once on Friday.
He must therefore be fully aware that itâ€™s his turn, not mine.
If I make it too easy for him, heâ€™ll assume Iâ€™m too easy,
While if I make no effort, that leaves him with more of a challenge.
I should demonstrate that I have a sense of proportion.
His work must come first for a while and I shouldnâ€™tâ€™ mind waiting.
For all I know he could have gone off me already
And if I donâ€™t phone I can always say, later, that I went off him first.