and i’m searching
for the reassurance
that i love you
for any other reason
than the painful realization
that i can’t have you
I am tired of being brave."
here and where you are."
I have forgotten
the taste of your lips."
I whisper with my lips close to your ear.
I have loved many women and men, but I love none better than you."
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.