Sunday, April 10

On a Poem and a Papercut

Along with some old collage works, I found a poem which used to be one of my favorite pieces.

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.
And here's a papercut I was supposed to sell at Art in the Park last April 2: 


Taking walks around the neighborhood.

PS I'll see you at the next 10a Alabama Fair, April 16-17!

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