The Quiet World

September 19, 2008 at 11:32 pm (poems)

In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
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 and 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.


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2 Comments

  1. Cara said,

    Did you write this?

    I loved this one.

  2. elsy said,

    -swoons

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