Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

Dreamku/Tanka/Monoku with Digital Photos/Art; Other Poetry; more...

~ * "Wisdom begins in wonder." Socrates ~ *

SEE ALSO: ROSWILA'S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL (with The Found Tarot) and ROSWILA'S TAIGA TAROT (deck-in-progress) and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (Roswila's photos, from realism to abstract)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MASQUE EMERGENT (photo art) & THE PARTY (dream tanka w/2 two-liners) by Roswila


THE PARTY

everyone's wearing
costumes under their street clothes
the party bogs down
the serious scaring the shy
who scatter to dark corners

a small child tugs at her mom's askew old sweater
urging her to doff it, to show off her fun guise

suddenly the room's full of brightly costumed folk
being playful, and why not? there's no way out


[a tanka capped by a pair of two-liners on a dream of 4-16-14. Photo "Masque Emergent" (4-6-14 001v2) by Roswila]
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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....".

* * * *
‘til next time, keep dreaming,






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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IN STAGES (photo art) & ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE... (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE ...*

it's called a storybook in the vernacular
though to my eyes all we're pasting up
is a scrapbook of addresses, each on
a separate page, in numeric order,
then adding a photo of a person
to the left of each, highlighting
a life lived largely in that place

I note a big gap in the numbered pages,
then realize that's where the bridge
across Sheepshead Bay** extends,
from 40th Street, on the northwest,
to 41st on its other southeast end

the remnants of my calligraphy skill
come in handy (you should pardon
the pun) when I letter a scintillating
name above each address
and picture pair, both for a touch
of art and for ease
of future reference

our director then gently shuts the large
flat book and brushing it almost
affectionately with the palm of one hand
murmurs "It's ready for use now,
for without the stories there'd be no show"


[free verse poem (or maybe this is one of those that is more like a narrative) on a dream of 4-15-14. *From the Shakespeare soliloquy that starts: "All the world's a stage, // And all the men and women merely players. // They have their exits and their entrances, ..." I don't recall exactly where I heard those opening words of the title, but they were in the dream. **Sheepshead Bay: an actual bay between Brooklyn, New York City and Coney Island NYC, with a great deal of teenage memories of mine attached to it. Those street numbers, though, I associate to when I was 40 years old (numbers in dreams for me often reference ages). One of the most painful and ultimately most transformative years of my life. That bridge also represents other transition times, but it's too much to go into here. BTW, there's a clear association overall of the "storybook" to this blog and to the binders I keep of printouts of its posts. As well as to the binders of pix I'll be showing in an exhibit/sale I'm having on April 27th. However, it's in other details of this dream that its deeper "meanings" are touched upon. Photo art "In Stages" (4-12-14 002v9) 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,






[aka: 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 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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An old Block Island photo & SMOKE (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


SMOKE

it's a relaxing ride along the sunny
coast highway, my father and I
comfortably silent, he at the wheel
as I gaze out the front side window

different hungers hit us both,
I fumble in my purse for the last
little bit of my smoked nuts
and gobble them down, my father,
hankering for a cigarette, drives off
on to the roadside, at least
he won't endanger others
by driving while smoking, I think

many off road paths appear before us,
haphazardly paved with stones
and overgrown with grass and moss,
winding over sloping spring green
hills, I think of photos of Ireland
I've seen, regretting I've never
visited that ancestral home

as I wonder where my father will stop
for a cigarette, two small rusty white
cars rise over one of the hilltop
paths in the distance, both smoking
from their undercarriages as if on
these rough roads way too long

the two cars rumble past us fading
from view and I go back to my gazing,
now noting these gentle hills remind
me of beautiful Block Island*
as a pang of wishing I were there
mimics hunger in my stomach

my father continues driving these
stony rolling paths, still not settling
on where to stop for his smoke,
clearly caught up
in his own remembering

all this nostalgia,
no more nourishing
or lasting than smoke


[free verse poem on a dream of 4-14-14. *Block Island is a tiny, gorgeous island off Rhode Island. There are stretches of it that resemble photos I've seen of Ireland. I used to take vacations on B.I. many years back and have recently been sadly wishing I could again. Photo: a scan of a pic I took on Block Island back in the late 1980's (one of the few pix I ever took before moving here to CA in 2008), slightly fussed with via computer today]

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,






[aka: 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 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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

COSMIC DOUMBEK (photo art) & "paradiddling..." (dream tanka) by Roswila


paradiddling*
with an old knitting needle
and a steak knife,
I try various office
surfaces for the best sound


[a tanka, dreamed & written in January of 2009 and slightly revised today. *Paradiddling is a rudimentary drumming exercise. When I ran across this old dream tanka today I was struck by how the more things change, the more they stay the same. The dream pointed out feelings I wasn't fully aware of and even used an image -- needle -- that the person I was feeling drummed down by used (the day after the dream). The word steak here can also be read as stake -- as in "stake to the heart." The office image woke me then to how I hadn't felt that way since my last full time job, years back. Altogether, a "wake up and do something about all this" dream; to stop playing victim. Then there was the flip side. I love drum music and I love to drum, though I'm a rank amateur. I also enjoy crocheting and knitting, and I'd been craving good protein (steak) as I'd been eating too many carbs. So on the other side of the coin was the message to get on with my life, with the things that I love and want to pursue, and to attend better to my health again. That this was my work (that office image). Photo art "Cosmic Doumbek" (3-26-14 002v4) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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....".

* * * *
‘til next time, keep dreaming,






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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DRAINING (photo art) & IN A DRY TIME (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


IN A DRY TIME

the rock star with a white blonde
buzz cut crowds my bathroom sink
as if it were bathtub

she's been lounging in it
and bathing for a very long time
with the water running all the while

I know she's aware there's a drought
emergency, who wouldn't be?
it's been flooding the T.V. news
and other media for months

enough's way more than enough!
I shut the water faucet down
with a loud slap

she looks up startled through a mound
of sliding bubbles ... Okay ...
I relent and give her a few more
seconds of running water to rinse
with, then shut the water down
again, and turn away to get on
with my day:

I have much more interesting
(if less important) things to do
than to monitor this spoiled
rock star's use of water


[free verse poem on a dream of 4-12-14. As mentioned in a previous post, California is in a drought emergency. This is the first direct reference to it in my dreams. It was largely precipitated by my plan to wash my very long (white) hair this morning. Although I've developed ways of greatly conserving on the amount of water I use when doing so, I still feel a bit guilty every time I wash it. Not only that, but I was spoiled by a life time of the soft water in New York City which rinses things clean much more quickly than California's hard water. BTW, that "rock star with a ... buzz cut" is a good example of how dreams sometimes have symbols that are the exact opposite of the things they're about. Photo art "Draining" (3-26-14 021v9) 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,






[aka: 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 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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

INCUBATION (photo art) & THE GIVER (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


THE GIVER

he sits by his basket of jelly beans
like a mother hen by her eggs
but gives his away
one sweet dollop at a time

at first he seems genuine
in his gifting, his smile
as bright as any of his beans
but, look again,
note that wrinkle, that tiny
shadow of a downturn
at each corner of his mouth?

a thank you will never suffice
and his mind requires reading,
for payment must match
his tight lipped expectation


[free verse poem on a dream of 4-11-14. Photo art "Incubation" (4-6-14 009v3) 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,







[aka: 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 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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

MORPHING MASKS (photo art) & THE VOLE (dream tanka trio) by Roswila


THE VOLE

what are you doing,
vole, poking your pointed nose
where it's not wanted?
hell, what are you doing here
in our apartment at all?

so what if you're sleek
and a glossy mahogany,
you're not a pet,
no proper housemate like
a cat or dog, but wild life

and so what if you
calmly let me pick you up
and put you outside?
cuteness can't change your genes
you are what you are, vole!


[three tanka on a dream of 4-10-14. Voles are sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice, and the images on Wikipedia looked to my eye just like mice. My dream vole, however, was more like a small weasel or mole. Not surprising to have an image like this in a dream these days. I've been getting warning feelings off a certain waking situation that is, on the surface, just fine. It's the vole's resemblance to a weasel or mole that bothers me (the expression "weaseling out," and "mole" meaning a long hidden spy). Although I can also hear some warnings about self-sabotage and/or paranoaic thinking, this is one of those rare dreams of mine that seems more to be addressing an objective situation. Photo art "Morphing Masks" (3-26-14 002v10) by Roswila]
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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....".

* * * *
‘til next time, keep dreaming,






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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE CHARIOT (Tarot card from a deck) & DREAM CHARIOTEER (non-dream tanka) by Roswila


DREAM CHARIOTEER

dream charioteer
vulnerable to star winds
trusting in your steeds
gather your fleeting harvest
and lay it at dawn's gold feet


[non-dream tanka written 4-9-14 about The Chariot card in The Golden Tarot of Klimt, which is the image above. Unfortunately, the highlighting lovely gold stamping on this card (and all the deck's cards) cannot show in the scan. This deck is the newest in my collection. It has always intriguing and sometimes challenging illustrations.]

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,






[aka: 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 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.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

HEADING HOME (photo) & THE VISIT (dream tanka/2-liner/monoku) by Roswila


THE VISIT

it's his first visit
since moving out of this house
we had so long shared,
not being able to bear
the death of the boy we'd raised

he wanders this home
I'm still living in, deeply
preoccupied,
then asks "Does the sadness
ever really go away?"

"No," I say softly
"but it has thinned out a lot,
memories of him
no longer hanging heavy
like perfume choking the air"

I feel he doesn't quite believe me,
but also sense his liveliness returning

I trail him from room to room the old floorboards creak


[three tanka capped by a two-liner and monoku on a dream of 4-8-14. Photo "Heading Home" (3-24-14 006v2) by Roswila]


BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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....".

* * * *
‘til next time, keep dreaming,






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.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

DOWN THE DRAIN (photo art) & AT FIRST (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


AT FIRST

... it seems to be a swirling hole
or more mundanely a matter
of advancing cataracts

but no it's something as logical
as a nest in these bud heavy
embracing branches

at least that's what pleases
the mind to think and ends
all the casting about for focus

unclarity serves survival anyway

arriving's such a delicate thing
a clear line of sight
from observing eyes might hook
and flip it all off track

to be whipped
into a froth of nothingness
down a swirling hole


[non-dream poem written in March 2014. I wrote this specifically in response to the prompt for a spring 2015 issue of WATERWAYS Magazine. It has been accepted for publication and is posted here today with the publisher's permission. Photo art "Down the Drain" (4-6-14 001v4) 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,







[aka: 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 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.

Monday, April 07, 2014

BRANCHING OUT (photo) & "palm frond shadows..." (non-dream tanka) by Roswila


palm frond shadows
on the aqua pool water
waving waving
my camera tucked away
no capturing these moments


[non-dream tanka written 4-7-14. To my amusement I note though I may have resisted the urge to get out my camera, I did not resist writing a poem. I've drafted haiku and tanka overlooking the pool often enough that almost as soon as I sit down my brain starts percolating one. Photo "Branching Out" (4-3-14 005v3) 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,






[aka: 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 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.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

INTO THE LIGHT (photo) & "only enough..." (non-dream haiku) by Roswila


only enough for spring's
outpouring of blossoms
time of drought


[non-dream haiku, written 4-6-14. I wrote this in response to two haiku posted to a haiku writing group online. (The group is not open anymore or I'd post a link to it here.) The subject of rain, and of discovering "the poetic even in the most mundane" inspired the first haiku, then another person posted a second one, and I added this one above. This is often what happens in this sort of writing group, it's called a "string" and can go on at length and be rather an intriguing and creative process. Especially as any responding haiku need not stick strictly to the "subject" but have an indirect way of connecting/responding to the previous 'ku (that process is called "linking"). The drought here in California was more on my mind than usual this morning as I had to use quite a bit of water this morning to clean up a mess. Can't believe how guilty that made me feel! Which echoed how I was feeling yesterday, happily snapping pix of all the gorgeous spring flowers in yet another sunny day. BTW, we did have a huge rainstorm in the beginning of March which is what has helped things blossom so far. But of course it barely made a dent in the overall drought. Photo "Into the Light" (4-2-14 032v3) 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,






[aka: 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 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.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

SHADOW WORK (photo art) & WHAT'S COOKIN'? (dream tanka series w/two-liner) by Roswila


WHAT'S COOKIN'?

"What's cookin'? Nothing new,"
I think, "not when my long time
enemy's here, too,"
then wonder if anyone
notices that we don't talk

but ultimately
it doesn't matter, as we
make our separate searches
through piles of old recipes
and lists of ingredients

before I know it
I'm happily by myself
in the living room,
attempting to organize
these mounds of rumpled paper

what concerns me now
more than finding that old deep
dish beef recipe
is a rational system
and accurate records

should everything
be strictly alphabetized?
or maybe I'll make
a simple IN and OUT box
titled Meal Preparation

making some sort of order out of all this chaos
will be more pleasing any day than what I could cook up


[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 4-4-14. I got a giggle out of that pun on "beef" -- as in holding a grudge -- given the enemy appearing in the start of the dream. It seems rather than "cook up a grudge" these days, the "I" in this dream would prefer to file the incident away. May it be so! In a way, this dream is also a metaphor for my daily dream poems and for the memory work dreams themselves do. Layers on layers. Photo art "Shadow Work" (4-3-14 003v2) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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....".

* * * *
‘til next time, keep dreaming,






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.

Friday, April 04, 2014

PROFILE (photo art) & "Nefertiti's face..." (dreamku) by Roswila


Nefertiti’s face
Queen or not, she's in cloisonne
on a slave bracelet


[very old dreamku written in January of 2009, though the source dream is I believe older than that. I remember feeling sort of sad about this little dream, way back then. But today when I came across it in my files I found it rather more multi-layered and even mildly amusing. Who knows whether its other implications were there back then and I missed them. It could be that some images stretch over time to accommodate life changes. A fancy way of saying I may now be projecting things not initially inherent in it, onto the symbol of this dream. All's fair in love and dreamwork! Photo art "Profile" (10-3-09 7273v3) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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....".

* * * *
‘til next time, keep dreaming,






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.