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My Real Name

	My Real Name
	All I want from this life 
	is that you know my real name, 
	not the one my mother gave me 
	in remembrance of no one 
	she ever knew other than my father, 
	but rather the one which says 
		that I once lightly touched 
			something divine, 
		that I lived too long 
			in the sticky pit of addiction, 
		that I was a high-diver, 
			easily piercing the
			membrane of reality,
		that I was once a magician, 
			a weaver of incantations, 
			the alchemist who found gold, 	 
		that I danced with you 
			among the eastern clouds 
			on those fine mornings, 
			my suit of light glowing 
			yellow and orange and red, 
		that I lay with you 
			in the chocolate darkness 
			of summer’s night, 
			dew like starlight in your hair, 
		that I was cloud-shadow 
			flying up Yellowstone valley 
			on cold mountain air, 
			vanishing over the near horizon, 
		        and gone. 
	That’s my name, 
	all of it and more that I can’t recall.
	I know you will remember.



Copyright © Jack Jordan

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  1. Date: 10/21/2014 1:34:00 AM
    Tremendous piece, Jack! You evoke so much feeling into your dialogue, free-verse and contemplative works. I believe that in Chinese culture people do actually change their names when something very significant changes in their lives... sounds like an awesome idea when you really think about it.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 10/21/2014 1:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh and a definite fave on my end :)
  1. Date: 2/2/2014 8:14:00 PM
    Jack you have taken my mind on a wonderful journey with your vivid expression. We are so much more than our name some of us; thank you. Hoping you are doing well ;)

  1. Date: 12/20/2013 3:37:00 PM
    Jack,, "My Real Name" blew me away! For a moment I forgot mine! Stellar writing!! Merry Christmas, chuck

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 12/20/2013 4:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the kind words, Chuck, and Merry Christmas to you as well... Jack
  1. Date: 12/16/2013 3:24:00 PM
    WOW, this is awesome!!!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 12/16/2013 5:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Andrea. I was eating chocolate at the time. It just seemed right... Jack
  1. Date: 12/16/2013 3:24:00 PM
    love the chocolate darkness line!!!

  1. Date: 12/10/2013 1:01:00 PM
    I'm going to .... ..... I shall remember for eternity ... your name my friend - A beautiful poem Jack, like this really much!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 12/10/2013 1:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am deeply appreciative of your comments, Anne-Lise. Thank you... Jack