Someone Whose Breaths to Count…

Sleeping Woman

This is the love story of my pillow and I.

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If on this stilly Friday night

Who-I-want-to-be-with-me would be with me,

I would carry her to the bathroom and lay her in the tub

And after she undresses I would help her take a bath:

I would soap her back and scrub it with a mighty brush

And I would clean her between the toes and behind the ears

And then I would wrap her in a towel and sit cross-legged on the floor

And wait for her to dry.

Girl Sleeping in Bathtub

Then I would carry her to the bed and lay her on her back, gently

And I would place my head on her bosom and listen to her heart beat

And try to adjust my heart so that it beats at the same time with with hers

Because this is the trick to make her love you

And before long she would fall asleep.

I would stay up all night to count her breaths

And in the morning when her first eyelash awakes I would whisper

16,668!

And she would ask what’s that

And I would say that I counted her breaths and that there were many.

She would scratch her head and say:

You’re peculiar!

Painting of Numbers

Not someone whose body to rub on mine, but someone whose breaths to count

That’s what I want on this stilly Friday night

But since all inky-haired women are sweetly mean

And since all inky-haired girls are taken

And since all hatted women are busy

I shall presently hug my pillow, and weep,

For my pillow doesn’t breathe, and I cannot her breaths

Count.

Painting of Bed

Quite so!

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31 thoughts on “Someone Whose Breaths to Count…

  1. Very nice, the number seemed highly inaccurate though ,

    in state of sleep breaths are very slow ,
    a single breath can take up to 7 seconds

    with 7 hours sleep you get around 4000 breaths , to be believable and seem random
    you can use a prime number like 4261
    =================================

    4261!
    25566!

    And she would ask what’s that

    And I would say that

    I counted the times you breathed 4261, I didn’t realize I am breathing
    I counted the times your heart beated 25566 and I didn’t notice my heart was beating

    She would scratch her head and say:

    You’re peculiar!

    ===================================

    what do you think?

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