Yes, it’s poetry. Deal with it.

24 Feb

The Quiet World
by Jeffrey McDaniel

In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
the government has decided to allot
each person exactly a 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.

*need more poetry?  visit Some of us drink because we’re not poets.

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One Response to “Yes, it’s poetry. Deal with it.”

  1. Lorin D February 25, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    that was my favorite too

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