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Want

In the beginning there was a word
and all things came from that word
for if it wasn't for the word
a name couldn't be
and without a name you would starve
cause if you want something
you would have to name it
now the words name everything
so everything is wanted
but not all could be gained
want
a word that named an urge
a feeling
a desire to obtain
want
a word if said repeatedly
would sound closely to the mechanism
that was used to awaken Frankenstein's monster
the course of electricity trying to power up a machine
it will give life

hopefully

a pulsating rhythm

when it was realized
that not all wants could be had
more words gave names to feelings
the feelings of not being able to get what you want

annoyance

frustration

anger

sadness

but
along with not being able to get the things that we wanted
there were still the moments when we did gain our wants
and if it wasn't for the moments of not being able
we probably couldn't name so simply
on the receptiveness of when we did

excitement

pleasure

happiness

more words were given to name
a want that was given up on or seemed impossible to reach
were gained by a thriving sensation
an urge to hold
a desire to not stop

patience

motivation

pride

achieve

but then
another realization occurred
there were those that noticed
even if some of the wants were not gained
it wasn't as important
or filling
when someone would rest
wake up and feel refreshed
eat 
relieving the pain
that came from our bellies
and dizziness from our heads
feeling most satisfied when done
or
when a great sadness came upon
and nothing could be done for it
and the only thing that would come out was a liquid
a salty substance
which expelled from our eyes

tears

when over
gave

relief

calm

but
in the moment the word was going to be uttered

announced

known

a great want swept over

to look at another person
to touch another person
to use one's mouth on a others mouth

attraction

a build up of heat that asks for a connection

and that's when confusion spoke

if this is only in the category of want..
why is it so
so
urgent
a requirement
a necessity
a...

need

truly not fully understood
the difference between want and need
when it comes to that fast paced heartbeat
rush of blood to vessels
that rise and throb..
the twitch of fingers trying to grab
the constant contact of dilated depths

want want want want

the machine is at high voltage

want want want want

a power meter full

and the monster comes to life

but

could you live only full on wants?

oh the monster

it's alive





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  1. Date: 2/5/2013 10:29:00 AM
    Jessica, this is a very cool(yes, I used 'cool')conceptual piece. The Frankenstein analogy has a strong effect. You took philosophy, and turned it into poetry.