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Thursday, July 27, 2017

RIDING THE WIND (photomorph) & BREEZY KISSES (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


BREEZY KISSES

something in me pipes up in a small,
steady voice: yes, it's safe to close
your eyes here, in this now,
in this place; even as the tree above
agrees, shushing softly in the wind
like a loving mother letting her
young daughter know that the danger
has passed at last, while she kisses
her child's tears away with little
breezy kisses


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-26-17. Photomorph "Riding the Wind" (10-4-14 008v5f) 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), 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 26, 2017

A STUDY IN ROYAL BLUE (photomorph) & "blue mood seeking ..." (non-dream monoku) by Roswila


blue mood seeking my heart in the sky


[non-dream monoku (one line haiku) written 2-27-17. I was looking for something to post this morning -- anything new I have still needs too much work and I'm a bit rushed -- and was surprised to find I'd not used this one yet. I think maybe it just got visually lost in the clutter of three line haiku in my Haiku Master file (:-D). Photomorph "Study in Royal Blue" (6-4-17 024v2) 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), 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 25, 2017

GOING WITH THE FLOW (photomorph) & WITH-IT (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


WITH-IT

I can't resist pacing the rhythm
of my walker-aided hobbling
to the compelling bass line
of the hip-hop song blaring
from their speakers

do any of these handsome
young men notice this old woman,
much less catch the irony?

hey, even a broken clock
is with-it
two times a day!


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-23-17. Photomorph "Going With the Flow" (6-4-17 039v3b) 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), 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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

RIDING IT OUT (photo) & HURTS SO GOOD (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


HURTS SO GOOD

sometimes it hurts so good
to bear the sear of yearning
for what I cannot have, to feel that burning
flash of electric constriction in my breast,
that cattle prod shock of pain, or to ride
that manic roller coaster of sobbing
under the hot eye of the sun, clinging
to my own sides hoping when I'm thrown
out this time it will be free of any collision,
any lasting damage, even as that familiar
stitch in my heaving ribs begins
to knot the brokenness
together again

and though you'll probably think I'm crazy
I'll still take all this any day and appreciate
the aliveness salting the mix,
rather than return to that arctic cold
of decades ago, to those years of pacing
a dark and solitary prison cell
of unyielding bone, those years
of being dead and buried,
without ever having died


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-23-17. Photo "Riding It Out" (4-3-17 019v4) 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), 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 23, 2017

"BOTH SIDES NOW" (photo) & EPHEMERAL MOMENTS (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


EPHEMERAL MOMENTS

sigh ... I knew I should have made notes
for that poem; now, all I can recall is the willow's
leafy shadows covering my forearms and the
backs of my hands like living, breathing tattoos
and how I could almost feel them brushing
my skin, ephemeral moments that no
poem can ultimately pin down


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-17-17. Photo "Both Sides Now" (1-14-11 10357v3) 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), 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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DANCE OF THE PAPER TREE (photo) & THE OLD PAPER TREE (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila]


THE OLD PAPER TREE*

old paper tree, don't stop writing your stories
against the sky, curled and bent twigs
and branches marking invisible trails
for me to follow and fill in with my own knotted
tales of going on despite little to none of what I
most needed and wanted; I've heard if you give
a chimp a typewriter and let it bang away
for an infinite amount of time it will
eventually produce all of Shakespeare's work;
help me, old tree, to keep writing away until
my stories no longer smack of this emptiness,
this long past painful, self-centered yearning,
and simply dance against the powder
blue sky the way your branches do today
in an unselfconscious tarantella


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-19-17. *The tree was probably actually a eucalyptus, but someone I know refers to this type as a "paper tree," which also has peeling bark. And I like the term paper tree for use in a poem about writing. Though how much longer paper will be all that related to writing is questionable given how electronicized everything's becoming. Photo "Dance of the Paper Tree" (7-23-09 4122ev2), a eucalyptus tree trunk, 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), 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 21, 2017

A CHANGE OF SEASON (photomorph) & ON CHANGING (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


ON CHANGING

as I wheel my walker
around the market, song lyrics
I've never heard before
sung in a youthful male voice
declare sadly: "I'm most frightened
of what I've become ..."

I respond under my breath, hoping no one
will hear and think this old lady's losing it:
"I'm more frightened to have learned
I'm still who I always was"


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-10-17. Photomorph "A Change of Season" (6-28-09 2988v4f) 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), 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 20, 2017

FENCED IN (photomorph) & "the sweet smelling rose..." (non-dream tanka) by Roswila


the sweet smelling rose
in shadow on a chain link fence,
behind, in sunlight,
bird after tiny bird taking
a furious morning dust bath

[non-dream tanka written 7-17-17. Photomorph "Fenced In" (6-27-09 2904v2d) 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), 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 19, 2017

NIGHT OF THE KRAKEN (photomorph) & SAD TO SEE (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


SAD TO SEE

I've been dancing with the devil
my entire life and did not know it,
doing the fastest mazurka ever
in order to escape his taloned grip,
sad to see from the forced vantage
of this hobbling slow down into even
older age, that he's the only partner
this aging fool has ever had
and most likely ever will


[free verse poem written 7-12-17. It might add an additional level to this little (so-so) poem) to know that one of my "family" of cards in the Tarot is The Devil. Each card can be attributed to an astrology sign. And The Devil's is Capricorn, which is my astrology sun sign. Cards can also be considered related to a reader via their numbers (in numerology) or to the decan they rule in the astrology chart, and so on. So one winds up with several cards with particular significance. Significance that can evolve even as we do. In this case, though, I was feeling stuck in the unevolved takes on The Devil card and in my life. Though I have to admit I do doubt there ever will be another partner for me to dance with (even if I could now, what with my arthritic knees -- Big Wry Laugh). BTW, there's a little stretch of a pun in the title, as the Hebrew letter often attributed to The Devil is "Ayin," which, in noun form, means "eye." (The 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot often have a Hebrew letter assigned to each of them. In learning them, of course, I learned the Hebrew alphabet by heart. And writing this little poem set me off trying to re-memorize those forgotten letters, and their noun form meanings and cards. Good exercise for the old brain, I should think!) Photomorph "Night of the Kraken" (5-27-17 024v3) 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), 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 18, 2017

WASHING THE SKY (photo) & THE OLD WILLOW (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


THE OLD WILLOW

fill me up completely, old willow, with your
endless display of dark branches; even as you
crowd every nook and cranny in this sky
clouded with distant wild fire smoke, leave no
room in me, no room at all for the hot haunts
of my life who wring tears out of me until
my agony runs dry and cracks wide open again;
so, quick, fill me up as you do the sky, gnarly,
beautiful old tree, for my attention's already
losing its grip on you


[non-dream free verse poem written 7-17-17. Photo "Into the Wild Blue Yonder" (3-25-17 009v4a) 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), 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 17, 2017

GRACE AT SUNDOWN (photo) & "willow branches droop..." (non-dream haiku) by Roswila


willow branches droop
gracefully: I obscure them beneath
poetic metaphor


[haiku written 7-17-17. Photo "Grace at Sundown" (4-3-17 008v2b) 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), 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 16, 2017

WITHOUT A PADDLE (photomorph) & YEARNING FOR HOME (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


YEARNING FOR HOME

my envy of her, laced with self-pity,
turns the observing dream bitter:

how does she do it?
always land someplace where she's
liked and respected,
a home ground she basically trusts
and in which she has a place

I've never known
what that feels like, having
to furiously
dog paddle as I do just to stay
afloat wherever life drops me

another skill
to add to the list of those
I've never had:
how to find, or even to build
a safe home for one's self


[a two liner and three tanka on a dream of 7-15-17. Photomorph "Without A Paddle" (10-27-15 011v4f) 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), 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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

BEGGARED BY THE MOON (photo) & THE BETTER QUESTION (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


THE BETTER QUESTION

she falls asleep asking her dreams
for help: what's with this on-going
and intense increase in her old lady
crankiness? living in constant fear
of biting off someone's head just
won't do! feeling so vulnerable
that defensive anger she must
choke back is her go-to
response to almost any
situation ... no, this will
not do, not do at all ...

... the dream is sweet and intimate,
(and oh-so-welcome!) his body
and hers entwined in a long yearned
for rise to night-lighting heat ...


... sheesh! she wakes enough as she
turns over to note the answer
she'd received: why not tell her
she needs to take an energizing
long stroll sans her walker, across
the space dust on the surface
of the full moon, or why not Mars?
either would be more obtainable

maybe the better question to ask
her dreams would be: how can one
learn to live in a principled way
with what can't be changed


[free verse poem on a dream of 7-14-17. What I did by asking my dreams for something just before falling asleep is called "incubating a dream." I almost always get a dream response. Photo "Beggared by the Moon" (10-27-15 002v6) 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), 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 14, 2017

WHAT CAN BE MADE OF THIS? (photomorph) & SCULPTING (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


SCULPTING

yes, I know, I know, she says,
it's an awfully weighty mix
with which to sculpt a life,
as she molds the wet mass
between her still strong
and agile fingers,
slapping it heavily
down with each change
of perspective she tries

he smiles, amused, as if
indulging a favorite child:
OK, OK, but that's only
because you're not folding
any air into it at all


[free verse poem on a dream of 7-13-17. Would not have given that famous red cent I'd have a dream like this last night. I went to bed in one of the worst states of mind I've been in in ages, and that's saying something. So, once again, I'm grateful to the dream world. Photomorph "What Can Be Made of This?" (10-27-15 028v2b) 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), 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.