On page 55 he found the legs section,
the way she crossed hers,
feet definitely facing towards him.
He remembered she had fiddled with her hair
and fingered her earrings which he had blamed
on the awkward silence. Yet page 86
said these were good signs, her drawing attention
to herself. So pushing back her sleeves
was not because the room was stuffy
but to expose the delicate skin on her wrist
which he had missed at the time and was sorry now.
For his part, next time they met, in the restaurant,
he tried to keep one hand in his pocket
(pointing in the obvious direction, page 89)
even when seated. Holding her gaze
a little longer than necessary (page 34)
was easy, especially when trying
to check out her unconscious pupil dilation.
Suggesting a starter he imagined her
foot slipping in and out of its shoe,
like page 97 said it would as he watched
her face, her pretty mouth opening,
closing, opening as she asked him again,
Why is it you never seem to listen?
from Irresistible to Women (The Garlic Press 2003)