March 7, 2014

I Want a Love. ~ Janne Robinson {Poem}

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….Are you there?

I have a request

I want a love who tastes like the crunchy bottom bits of lettuce

WHo smells like rain and freshly cut cedar

A love who isn’t daunted by morning breath kisses

Who doesn’t desire cake shoved in its face

Or a diamond ring

I want a love who is full of zaniness

A love where our souls intertwine fingers

Smile with glee and make our ice cream cones smooch

I want a love who doesn’t flee from work,

Yes, I said work.

A work who maintains euphoria

A work who strengthens connection

Stretches desire

Outlives the momentary excitement of a honeymoon


I want a love who wants to be exposed

Taken into the daylight

Shouted from mountaintops

Undressed in a smile

Who is defined simply by its existence

Barefoot in vulnerability


I want a lover who tends the fire in my heart willingly

Nurtures it patiently

Stokes it up

Lets it howl

And smolder slowly


I want a love who can sit quiescently

I want a love who can surpass distance

A love who scoffs at insecurity and jealousy

Exceeds entitlement

Saturated in rapture

A love who demands more imagination than dinner and a movie

I want a love where we make forts,

Throw pasta on walls to see if it’s finished

Make love on counter tops and let dinner burn

I want a love where we tickle ’til we bruise and may just burst open

I want a love where we can make love with our finger tips and our toes


I want a lover who shows up

I want a partner who can carry my mountain and his own

Across rivers, and over prairies.

I want a lover who knows the importance of space in our togetherness

I want a lover who never quits expanding

I want a love where our spirits dance

And we wake up with I love yous and fall asleep in gratitude

And that’s enough.


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Melilot Sep 28, 2015 9:27am

Yes please…

Giulia Jul 24, 2015 2:41am

Such a beautiful poem, I feel you!

Neelam Jan 2, 2015 6:36am

This is a beautiful rendition of love that perhaps is felt by everyone of us.. amazing poem Janne . I am so going to put this on my wall paper… Simply beautiful !

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Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a 21st-century feminist beat poet. Her voice haunts with the legacy of early feminists and poets such as Gloria Steinem, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. Her no sugar shit prose cuts with the honesty and simplicity of Bukowski and the romantic reliability of Kerouac. Her poetry leads like a woman, walking with fire in the footprints of Steinem—breathing sexual liberation, choice, and overall championing women to their birthright of not only equality but leadership.

Robinson notoriously states that her career is to “share slabs of her heart for a living.” Her ability to capture the human experience with unrefined sincerity makes her an incredible force in the modern landscape of personal expression.

Her loyal following of enthusiasts on social media are there not only for her brutal honesty and lyrical grace but also for her lifestyle, which is a mirror of her devotion to joy and refusal to work to work to work to die. Robinson’s films and art shit on the societal “shoulds” and norms and encourage people to ‘build their own box’. She is an outrageous idealist and master at effortlessly marrying the life she wishes to live with her work, and this enrages and inspires many who believe they are trapped.

Robinson’s foray into directing and the multimedia world was in directing a spoken word poetry film in NYC involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck.” The film was a viral sensation online and was nominated for the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Janne is very much so crowning at the beginning of what is and will be a triumphant career, and she has begun so with the hearts of millions indebted and watching as it is rare to stumble upon a woman who makes revolution nature.

You can connect with her on Instagram or at her website.