Steady sippin on that wine or
Try behaving stay in line.
Throughout this relationship, it was unclear how to “take the next step” or even how to improve the situation once it started to go sour. Instead of talking and getting to know each other, we would just get really drunk (the first time, killing a bottle of white wine over dinner). In retrospect, both of our behaviors were the worst, and the least nurturing to a new relationship, when we were intoxicated. Staying sober would have made the entire experience more pleasant for both of us.
Drinking alcohol can very easily be turned into a habitual thing, and ending any habit can feel very halted or abrupt. This is illustrated poetically in the rhyme scheme of the last four lines. (Minor, finer, wine or, line.) When the poem is read aloud, it actually feels like there should be another “er” sound to complete the line. It forces you to break the actual rhyme scheme’s habit.
“stay in line” refers to a suggested behavior, but it can also be interpreted that the missing full rhyme at the end of the poem refers to the amount of syllables in the line. The first line of the poem (“Inspire me, liar he”) has 7 syllables and the last line of the poem concludes in an equal 7 syllables. The poem, just like the people in the failed relationship, have come full circle.
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