read
write
members
about
account

 

datedatememberrandomsearch

September 4, 2008
Toward the end of the almost eight-year run that I lived with M in Philadelphia, there was a five-month period in which he uttered only 15 syllables -- syllables, not words -- to me, an average of three per month. The longest string was, "Did you feed the cat?"

How wasteful! A more economical choice would've been, "Feed cat?" Or, not wanting to appear as if he were being purposely syllable-stingy, the less stilted "Feed the cat?" He should've surrendered those two wasted syllables to me. I would've made better use of them. "Fuck you" would have served me well.