Don't pull Steinbeck out of your purse
eyeliner or lipstick would be better, and
don't start humming Holst, whenever the TV reporter starts talking about Pluto &
it would be better if you didn't describe our bed
as "one big Klimt painting come to life"

I would like it if you wouldn't study the flight patterns of birds so intently,
and compare them to the lines of a symphony
you used to play on the piano

I would prefer you not be so sharp
I'm on the edge as it is.