The Quiet World (My new favorite, thank you Nolan)

In an effort to get people to look

into eachother’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.

– Jeffrey McDaniel