Susan McLean: Dear John

At first he seems the spineless sort-
no firm goals, nothing much to do,
a slacker, always falling short.
Then, suddenly, he grows on you.

And when he rises to the task,
he always makes a big impression.
He's up for anything you ask-
just don't ask twice in quick succession.

At length, the effort he expends
depletes him, and his spirits droop.
Making a comeback then depends
on having downtime to recoup.

John Thomas, you're the lad for me.
Life's flat without you. I remain
confident you'll come up and see
me soon. Yours (truly!), Lady Jane.