We were discussing terms.
Negotiating with a bit of levity
The hue of a French postcard
And an American biscotti.
I mentioned casually
"We say in the industry,
You can get it good, fast, or cheap,
But you can't have all three.
With a wry smile,
He takes a sip of his hot macchiato,
"That's a good one. In my family,
We say you can get people who are
Obedient, smart, or loyal. Pick two."
I suppose we all know
What that got everyone.
We shake hands,
And I return to a world of ink
With all of her uncertainties.