Happy Valentine’s Day

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.

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, which means we will be with loved ones (whether it be our spouses, family, friends, ourselves, or our fur babies). It will be a day for hugs and laughter. It will be a day for love. It will be a day for chocolate.

Also, words. Whether it be books, magazines, dvds, etc., make sure to stop by and show your library some love this Valentine’s Day.

And don’t forget about Amnesty Week, where any overdue fines will be forgiven when you present your library card and say, “I love my library.”

Now, go hug someone you love. Hug your mom. Hug your dog. Hug yourself. (Let us never forget about one of the most important kinds of love: self love.)

I hope you all are having a wonderful 2015 so far, and Happy Valentine’s Day.

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