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Saturday, July 23, 2016

SHADOWS MAKE THEIR POINT (photo) & ULTIMATELY (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


ULTIMATELY

she often ultimately gets
what she most deeply
and persistently wishes for,
but not in a straightforward fashion,
nor in a timely way, nor even whole
or fully satisfying, rather,
what she's coveted for so long
takes its own sweet time to float in,
by then bloated and twisted
in ways she'd never have expected,
or the object of her desire
trails pointed, weighty problems
that pull on its tender skin
puncturing it till all the air
drains out of having gotten
what she wanted at last


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-22-16. Photo "Shadows Make Their Point" (7-18-16 002v2) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Friday, July 22, 2016

RELEAF (photo) & A NEW LEAF (non-dream tanka) by Roswila


A NEW LEAF

criss-crossed with dark scribbling
the page flips
to its blank side in a puff of breeze
would that it were so easy
to turn over a new leaf


[non-dream tanka written 7-21-16. Photo "Releaf" (7-18-16 009v2) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MIRAGE (photomorph) & NEVER THE TWAIN (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


NEVER THE TWAIN

... and never the twain shall meet,
this wannabe Ado Annie,*
and the morphing mirage:

she only craving to say yes
again and again to him,
and he, whichever intriguing
male has stepped to the fore,
wavering before her eyes
then vanishing from her grasp
like fog when she reaches
yet one more time
after what she'd dared to hope
against hope was real


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-20-16. *The character who sings "I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No" (from the musical Oklahoma). Photomorph "Mirage" (7-18-16 002v4) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

VIEW FROM THE EDGE (photo) & THE NOURISHING STEW (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


THE NOURISHING STEW

"All shall be well, and all shall be well,
all manner of thing shall be well"*
and how could it not be when something
from somewhere grabs her by the collar
each time she comes close to the edge
of the cliff driven by a desperate
desire to jump and make an end
to all the sturm und drang,
and since now there are times
when the rise of storm and stress
takes on an odd flavor, as if
it were no more than the passing
unpleasantness of one unground
pepper seed she's inadvertently chomped
on in a mouthful of nourishing stew


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-16-16. *Said by Julian of Norwich, a 14th century anchorite nun. And, yes, I used this quote in a previous recent poem. It's really resonating for me these days. BTW, I'm not a pepper aficionado by any stretch of the imagination. I've got a wimpy Irish palate. Smile. Photo "View From the Edge" (7-20-16 017v2) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MEMORIES OF MIDNIGHT (photomorph) & AT LAST (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


AT LAST

like a succubus* propelled by the twin tortures
of long time famine and an object of intense desire,
I would swoop down on you through
this bright afternoon, a haunted huntress forced
out of her masking midnight element by hunger,
and have my way with you, our long limbs
tangled until I'm sated and at rest
in the open light of day,
nothing hidden or held back
between us
at last


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-13-16. *Succubus: a female demon believed to have sex with sleeping men. Photomorph "Memories of Midnight" (7-18-16 002v2b) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

DON'T TOUCH (photomorph) & FRAIDY CAT (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


FRAIDY CAT

he rushes away,
saying over his shoulder
that I can pay later
for his original painting
should I decide that I do
really want to keep it

it's particularly
beautiful, impressionistic,
mostly sunrise yellow
I smile wryly, associating the color
with its meaning of cowardice

but who's the fraidy cat here? he, rushing
off without waiting for my reaction?

or me? not even attempting to call him back
to the unknown hanging fire between us


[two tanka and two two-liners on a dream of 7-16-16. Even more than the presence of fear in relationships, I've been thinking about that third line in the first tanka. It feels like a warning: consider the cost of acceptance. Photomorph "Don't Touch" 6-5-09 1837v4a) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Friday, July 15, 2016

SHADOWS OF ITS FORMER SELF (photomorph) & "the shadow cast..." (dream based scifaiku) by Roswila


the shadow cast by his soldered wing scarless


[dream based scifaiku written in 1999 & revised into one line form in 2007. A scifaiku is basically a haiku (or monoku as the above) with a sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or cosmological theme. I used to write a great deal of them years back and am still on a Yahoo scifaiku group email list. When I realized my night dreams had again escaped me I had the urge for some reason to look through the masses of scifaiku I've written. This is one of the earliest and I ever so vaguely recall the visual dream image it was based on. Photomorph "Shadows of Its Former Self" (6-12-16 001v6d) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

DREAM GOLD (photomorph) & BABY GOLD (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


BABY GOLD

we've never even slept together, yet
we've had a biological son, one I'd
forgotten about somehow over
the years and only remember now
when he introduces himself to me,
an apparently very forgiving
young man with shiny dark brown
hair that bears a hint of the baby gold
I suddenly recall

it seems time may be more
than the great healer, it may,
if we are very lucky,
bring back in refined form
what we have lost along the way


[free verse poem based on a dream of 7-13-16. Photomorph "Dream Gold" (7-8-16 001v6) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BACKFIRE (photomorph) & PRAYER TO THE HEAT WAVE (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


PRAYER TO THE HEAT WAVE

like a backfire may you burn away
any fuel that this unexpressed passion
for him might use to run wild again
consuming acre after acre
of hope and self-esteem
leaving nothing in its wide wake
but a barren yearning
with no end in sight
the dark heat of his familiar silhouette
already rising again
through a rain of ashes


[non-dream free verse poem written at the end of June 2016. I've had this one on the back burner (if you'll pardon that unintended pun) not sure I wanted to post any more yearning poems. But I have zilch dream recall this morning and this prayer is still, unfortunately, relevant. And though the actual wildfire that gave me the image has been totally contained now, I have not been. BTW, this poem is 10th in a "Prayer to..." series, all posted here (Prayer to the Sun, ... to the Haze, ... to Empty Moments, ... to An Other, ... to Surrender, ... to Deep Sadness, ... to Pain, ... to the Left Brain Interpreter, and ... to the Wind) so just search by title (search box is in the upper left of this page) if you're interested. Photomorph "Backfire" (9-2-09 6439v2z) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

MOON PALETTE (photo) & "cloudless sky..." (non-dream monoku) by Roswila


cloudless sky a crow dives across the day moon


[non-dream monoku (one line haiku) written 7-11-16. Photo "Moon Palette" (9-2-09 6433v4) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post); TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Monday, July 11, 2016

OPENING (photomorph) & BROKEN HEARTED (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


BROKEN HEARTED

my heart may be broken
but my arms still do their work,
my spirit may be crushed
but my legs still carry on,
my mind may be scattered
like bits of sheep's wool
on a barbed wire fence, but

I still can see, still breathe,
still taste and touch and hear,
yes, these arms can still reach out,
and these hands can still open
to receive the gifts that spring
from this unfathomable world
like sudden flowers


[non-dream poem written 7-9-16. This is the poem I wrote before I had the dream I posted about yesterday, and mentioned in that dream poem's comment. Photomorph "Opening" (6-28-16 001v6) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

MOVING ON (photo) & FOR ETHRIDGE (on a dream) by Roswila


FOR ETHRIDGE
(a deceased neighbor)

the fact that he's deceased
registers when I first sight him
but figures not at all in our very brief
encounter as he opens the door out
to the nighttime street and pauses
long enough to say something to me

he looks so young and handsome
that I almost didn't recognize him
maybe it was his stay in the hospital
that's made such tremendous changes

it seems he's simply stopped by
to encourage me to continue doing
exactly what I have been and is gone
before I can ask for clarification

the warm sweep of his positivity
leaves me thinking that maybe I've found
a fully life-affirming path at last


[on a dream of 7-9-16. When Ethridge died I regretted not having gotten to know him better. What I did know of him is consistent with what he does in this dream. What's intriguing to me is the timing. It's an affirmation of a very recent change I've been "trying on for size" in how I am in my life. I actually wrote a poem about that change before sleep last night (and may post it tomorrow). Photo "Moving On" (7-10-16 004v2a) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Friday, July 08, 2016

A NEW SUNSET (photomorph) & THE DOG AND THE MONKEY (dream narrative) by Roswila


THE DOG AND THE MONKEY

it's the filming of a foreign movie and happening
in real life simultaneously (you know, the way emotional
life has its distinct reality within the manifest world)

the usual Felini-like characters populate it: charming
and dark, clowns and innocents, with a less usual string
of vibrant children and one small dog (well "small"
depending on how you think of it, as it's large
for a chihuahua)

two children currently being filmed bring the movie
smack dab into the reality of now when they get lost
and then found, and sent to take the classes
they'd almost lost out on by going missing;
however, the star here's the dog: how to train
it to a leash without breaking its joyful energetic
spirit that still radiates despite the wounds
its many tattoo-like scars attest to

the final scene of the movie is at the beach, the dog
just having learned to accept a lead when needed
but happy to have been set free for now, to leap
around the small dunes, trailing puffs of sand
in its wake, its shy new monkey companion
gamboling along at a little distance

when they reach the water the monkey clambers
onto the dog's back, embracing it belly down
with its long arms and legs, then loosening
its grip just enough to slide around and under
the dog to hang there, its own back lightly splashed
by the surf's retreating froth, as the dog ambles along
the sea's edge in the sunset's waning glow

the video camera frame holds this all in its eye,
maybe a still will eventually be made of the best
second of it as it cannot last, but maybe not,
for to freeze even the most minute portion
is to desert life's creative flow as it rises
and ebbs, rises and ebbs

and now is as good a time as ever to leave off
the telling of this story, and join the endless flux
from which it's drawn, leashed and free, movie and reality


[narrative on a dream of 7-5-16. BTW, I'm a monkey in chinese astrology, and I recently posted a poem called "I Hate Men" in which I compare them to dogs. Hm... Photomorph "A New Sunset" (10-1-09 7249v3b) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post); TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

HIVE DANCE (photomorph) & EYES SHUT (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


EYES SHUT

the world around without sight muting
its profusion: more alive than a hive of bees,
with a sweet aromatic sting and abuzz
with mysterious purpose, while she,
the lazy queen bee in the center of it all,
not quite napping, nor quite awake,
opens wider and wider to a dream of a huge
honey pot, hers only for the asking
to dive right into and let her tattered iridescent
wings for once stay softly furled against
her achingly proud back, soothed at last
by this silken slide into a golden pot of honey


[free verse poem based on a 7-6-16 dream during a doze I slipped into as I sat overlooking our community's pool on a gorgeous sunny afternoon. Photomorph "Hive Dance" (7-6-09 3376ev6) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,





[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)
; TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.