Prompt for Hour Twelve

The half way point or finish line is here, depending on the length of your marathon. So congratulations half marathoners, you are almost there!

This prompt is to write about a world with alternative rules. To help inspire this prompt I have included one of my favorite poems by Jeffery McDaniels “The Quiet World”.

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.

—The Quiet World, Jeffrey McDaniel

6 thoughts on “Prompt for Hour Twelve

  1. Sorry, I didn’t mean to make it confusing. It just means to write about an alternative reality of sorts, a world where speaking is limited, or where there are no phones, or perhaps the rules of gravity are different. Does that help?

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