Thursday, October 2, 2008

...and [just] listen to each other breathe.


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



picture from Lauri's shop on etsy.

4 comments:

Put That in Your Cake said...

Hi! I'm sorry for not replying to your comment, I don't check my blog much.

I don't really have a story...it seems like you have a boyfriend, right? I don't, I'm only 16! Sometime in the past year or so, I started looking at wedding blogs and websites and it has become an obsession.

So yeah. Not too exciting.

And oh yeah, I love The Quiet World:) It's really cute.

happiness said...

beautiful!

nadia said...

that was mei typed happiness?-that is odd- it means something!!

Mollie said...

definitely a sign of things to come!