Treasure Island

Kira Ulch

(07/01/1985 / Muscatine Iowa)

Fourteen Days

I taped a sign
To my front living room window
White cardboard, thick black lettering
Two words, easily spotted from the roadside,
Roommate, Wanted.
An advertisement, for those walking by on the sidewalk
Or to those visiting my home
Fourteen days it hung there with no notice
Fourteen days and no calls of interest
Fourteen days before he ripped it angrily down
Fourteen days before the confrontation at the sink as I washed our dirty dishes
That sign shoved into my face,
His disbelief,
My gall,
The whys,
He wanted an explanation.
He wanted it now.
And I gave it to him. Simply.
Everything he had needed to know was written on that sign.
And it had taken fourteen days before he’d seen it
Before he’d really seen me.
Fourteen days of my waiting for him,
Fourteen days before his meltdown,
Fourteen days before he took me,
An animalistic rutting on a squeaking kitchen table
Fourteen days before he even remembered to say “I love you.”

Submitted: Sunday, March 22, 2009

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