A Poem for Poetry Month

Not to get all literary on you or anything (even though I WAS an English major at one point), but Happy Poetry Month!  Sometimes I forget all of the great poems that I read in my English classes over the years.  For every great one, it felt like there were at least 2 others that made absolutely no sense to me.  I always enjoyed Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and John Keats poems the most of the older poets, but this is my favorite modern poem.  I discovered it thanks to the teen poetry book Slam, which I currently have on display in my Library.  🙂  Enjoy!

“The Quiet World”
by Jeffrey McDaniel

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 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.

– Jill

What’s your favorite poem?

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1 Response to “A Poem for Poetry Month”


  1. 1 ngtjennifer April 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Wow, that poem is hauntingly beautiful!


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