Bad posture

Does she affect 
           the disinterest?
Or is that her natural
           disposition?
He leans eagerly
           across the table,
talks rapidly,
           wants to impress,
to please. “Don’t sell me,”
           she says,
and he deflates
           for an instant,
then goes back
           for another try.

How long
           will they perform
this three-act play?
           Until the wedding,
the first child, or the
           second anniversary?
I want to warn them:
           be honest,
don’t play games.
           But I see the habits
Of ages ingrained
           on their faces.
They will learn
           a new posture
Or they will not.

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