Wednesday, October 1, 2008

my lover, so far away...1 october 2008

The Quiet World

In an effort to get people to look
into each other's eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn't respond,
I know she's used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.

Jeffrey McDaniel

inspired by whitney johnson


Mollie said...

wow. how beautiful! i love words put together make our daily lives more romantic and full of love.

onesilentwinter said...

this is beautiful!

Maria said...

ooh - that is so lovely. xx

Mila said...

Ah, just gorgeous!
It made me smile and think at the same time..

Thanks for sharing dear!

k.cadet said...

i cried...seriously...the love of my life is far, too far and we are so busy during the day and never have a moment to actually say everything...except at the end of the day...i love you.

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