“marinated citrus” by Julia in her bed

Wednesday March 15, 2017
5 minutes
from the menu at Matchstick Riley Park

Sometimes they don’t respond when he says I love you.
There are nights where it slips out of his mouth in place of a sorry.
In place of a period.
They’ve stopped responding to the ones that’ve stopped meaning anything.
He doesn’t even mean to say it sometimes. It catches him off guard when he sneezes.
He tells them this. And some nights he tells them more.