Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Quiet World

And, I see it as my duty to introduce you to one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read: "The Quiet World" by Jeffrey McDaniel.

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.

{"The Quiet World" by Jeffrey McDaniel}

1 comment:

  1. Wow...thank you for introducing us to this beautiful poem. And also for introducing me to your blog :)