I am seated in a matatu.
The woman next to me is very pretty
I wouldn’t mind talking to her
But how do I do it with
a guaranteed positive response?
I try the subtle mysterious approach first
I look out the window and twist my body into a cool pose
Hoping she will notice me and say something
It doesn’t work. She hardly glances my way
Next, I try the stare approach
She stares back for a while but then turns away
Strike two. I decide to give it a final try
I turn to her, smile and say hi
She smiles back, says hi and we start conversing
Now why didn’t I try that in the beginning?

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