THORNY SITUATION (photo) & TRAPPED (free verse dream poem) by Roswila
she keeps subtly picking at me but for once
I don't react, not wanting to be blamed yet
again for starting a fight. And then it's just
too much and I give her what she wants
but never owns up to: an argument.
I escalate it, inch by cautious inch, after all
she doesn't give me much to grab on to
and I'm still hoping I'll regain full control
of my mouth. I even start to walk away
but suddenly find myself genuinely amused
enough to laugh out loud, saying I'm deeply
tickled by this old pattern we play out,
again and again, and what does she think?
It's a relief to have spoken up, yet as usual
when I've taken a chance she makes no
response at all, but just turns on her
heel, tossing off over her shoulder:
"I'll catch that mouse that's been raiding
our pantry, as I'm sure you noticed..."
no, I hadn't and I know she knows that...
ah well, I shrug and shake off the sticky
envy that it seems to work so well for her:
all this building of better mousetraps
[free verse poem on a dream of 12-5-13. Can we spell "shadow work," children? Also, "co-dependent"? And, lastly (at least for now) "projection"? Photo "Thorny Situation" (2-3-10 19347ev2) by Roswila]
Also please note that a dream poem or narrative is not intended as an interpretation of a dream, or even a complete and accurate rendering of one. It is my attempt to get down dream imagery/action that grabs me and, as I write about it, elicits my conscious written association and response. Nor do I believe that one has to remember dreams in order for them to do their work. In my understanding, we are much more than our conscious selves.
You may also note in any further reading on dreamku (the specific forms of dreamku, tanka, two-liners and monoku) you may do here, that in the beginning I stressed "showing, not telling." However, this has been changing for some time. I now tend to "show" (the dream story) and cap if off with a "tell" (some reaction and/or insight I've had to the dream as I was writing about it). This also pretty much applies to my free verse dream poems as well. As to what I have begun calling dream narratives, they are a different animal, probably most akin to prose poems.
For more in-depth exploration of the dreamku forms specifically and one post in which I also address my photo choices:
-- very brief comparison of dreamku and haiku: DREAMKU ARE NOT HAIKU
-- a brief post about both dreamku and my photos THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU & ACCOMPANYING DIGITAL PHOTOS.
-- detailed three-part post about dreamku: "A DREAMKU PRIMER: Writing Haiku-Like Poems About Your Night Dreams": PART ONE: Introduction & Writing Dreamku as Dream Work; PART TWO: Elements of the Haiku Form Used in Dreamku; and PART THREE: How to Write Dreamku (the second and third parts have some overlap).
-- a short up-dating post about the three-part "A DREAMKU PRIMER" -- Important Up-date to A DREAMKU PRIMER....".
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 connections & other blogs: Charter Member of the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS); ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT; and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.