Leo still wants to be himself: he prefers Rainier to Pabst Blue Ribbon, strangers over family, silence over the second sentence. Leo describes a near fight to someone he’s never seen before. Leo’s thorough, he isn’t rude—he wants to get out of the conversation without being an asshole. Leo waits to smile. Leo smiles & walks out. Leo stops smiling as soon as he can. She’s saying things from Salem. Leo believes in anything but not her anymore.
Parker Tettleton is a Leo, a vegan, a resident of Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of the grocery-shopping-themed collection Greens (Thunderclap Press, 2012) as well as the chapbooks Same Opposite (Thunderclap Press, 2010) & Ours Mine Yours (Pity Milk Press, 2014). More or less is here.