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What's Your Name?

Its simply remarkable, the excitement I feel
When I am blessed with your dominating presence
I am easily drawn to you and immediately lost within you
Traveling glorious heights exploring the depths of many heavens
The sight of you promotes intense anticipation and extreme anxiety
Umm…I am easily overwhelmed by a hunger, too strong to resist
A tremendous desire for a need, to omnipotent and persistent to just dismiss
Without you, my rational thoughts and actions become elusive and impulsive
Emotionally, I am incoherent and unstable, besieged by a love so fragile but 
Physically, I am deaden to the actual world around me
But reanimated mentally and spiritually to the fictional world that impounds me
Extreme chills and vigorous shaking spells, cleanses my flimsy body of any 
impure manifestations
During the absence of your efficacious aroma filling my lungs with love
I long for your intense inoculations

Baby, I must be tripping…please inject me with your venom
It’s what I want…it’s what I need and what I truly desire
I don’t care what they say or how they characterize me
All I know are the feelings we share together, you control my thoughts
And I …I…I passionately ignite your fire
I hear the rumors they call me weak and say I’m addicted to your love
I say, I’m addicted to your autonomy, honesty, loyalty and spiritual essence
We’re on another level, just you and me…I trust you with my life and you give me 
a different version of life One of trust, freedom and understanding, without 
Those other people fear change…they make such a big deal of change
When it’s really all the same…there are no differences whether white or black
My only disposition or concern is “why don’t I know your real name?”
For months now, we have been intimate lovers, yet I only know you as “CRACK!”

Copyright © Des Juan Richardson

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  1. Date: 5/29/2009 6:47:00 AM
    What I love about this write, what I love about its third place finish, what I want to congratulate you for ... is the excellence that sets apart crack as a mere stigma of mainstream culture ... but one inside the addict's emotions ... bringing understanding to the type of relationship that interventions interrupt ... a sociologists delight. Bravo.

  1. Date: 8/15/2008 10:58:00 PM
    Dear Des, You are the 3rd place winner of my Personification contest. CONGRATULATIONS! Your poem is absolutely BRILLIANT. Please email your mailing address to and I will send your certificate from MemorElaine Publishing house as well as my book of poetry and photography entitled 'Where the Heart Resides.' Once again, thank you for entering my contest. Love and best wishes, Lainie

  1. Date: 8/15/2008 7:11:00 AM
    Wow. Congratulations Des Juan on your third Place win in Elaine's Personification contest. Amazing write and well deserved. Love, Shar