lördag 25 oktober 2008

The quiet world

In an effort to get people to look into each other's eyes more,

the government has decided to allow 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.

- "The quiet world" av Jeffrey mMcdaniel

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