I saved the rest for you

Den här dikten läste jag först på Niotillfems blogg för länge sen, men har inte kunnat glömma den. Vet inte vem som skrivit den men tycker den är väldigt fin på nått sätt.

In an effort to get people to look
into each other'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 up 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


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