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, December 18, 2014

CHRISTMAS STAR (photomorph) & THE HEMATITE STAR (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


THE HEMATITE STAR

a gaggle of women trail out
of the bedroom, each displaying
the same slightly bowed
posture of intense search

they are leaving to seek help
for their very elderly lady friend
who rests beneath her comforter,
singing softly to herself

as their beloved friend
slips a tiny hematite star
beneath the white angora skullcap
gracing her small bald pate,
her singing fades away in wisps
and she falls into a deep drowse:

"If I'm not here when you return
don't worry, for in the care
of other arms I'll be ...
for in the care ...
of other arms ...
I'll be ..."


[free verse poem on a dream of 12-17-14. There was a dream-created melody to the song, as well. I sang it through several times as I woke and began crying. I can't recall the melody now, and am surprised I held on to those dream-created lyrics. Overall, I think this dream may reflect my worry (maybe an intuition) about a particular friend. And it definitely reflects my hope that dying is truly a going home. BTW, I actually have a small piece of shiny black hematite in the shape of a star. That star link is to my post about The Star card in the Tarot. Of all the cards in the Tarot it can be seen as the most hope-filled in its meaning(s). Photomorph "Christmas Star" (10-5-09 7369v6) 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 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, December 17, 2014

CHRISTMAS BELL (photomorph) & "morning's absconded..." (dream tanka) by Roswila


morning's absconded
with all my dreams, again
funny how that goes
like Santa came down the chimney
but forgot to leave the gifts


[tanka based on lack of dream recall for night of 12-16-14, though I was very aware I'd had many dreams. Photomorph "Christmas Bell" (12-7-14 019v6b) 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, December 16, 2014

HEAVEN & EARTH (photomorph) & THE EXHAUSTING CLIMB (dream tanka pair) by Roswila


THE EXHAUSTING CLIMB

the book jacket blurbs
followed by the first chapter
lay down her dream's path
but morphed from Scotland's highlands
into a stadium's sky-high bleachers

an underlying
only barely emergent theme
scintillates in both:
this exhausting climb, this game
of winners and losers


[two tanka on pre-sleep reading and the subsequent dream fragment of 12-15-14. BTW, I say "fragment" when I'm aware there was more to a dream but can't catch hold of the rest. Photomorph "Heaven & Earth" (12-2-14 028v6) by Roswila. If you click on the pic in I.E., then click the back button, you may wind up at yesterday's post; simply refresh the page; I.E.'s doing something funny with blogger posts ... again.]

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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

AUTUMN UNFURLS (photo) & "nigh on to noon ..." (non-dream haiku) by Roswila


nigh on to noon
an orange canna lily
against the white wall


[non-dream haiku written 8-7-14. Photo "Autumn Unfurls" (1-9-10 18891v2) 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 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, December 14, 2014

Three of Swords card (from the Manga Tarot) & "swords earthed..." (non-dream monoku by Roswila)


swords earthed ... the cold rain passes


[non-dream monoku based on The Three of Swords card in the Manga Tarot, written and posted in 2007 to my Tarot Journal & Gallery when I was still living in New York City. This old one-liner of mine was brought to mind by the recent huge rain storm here in California. Image: Three of Swords in The Manga Tarot. Monoku 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 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, December 13, 2014

TWISTED THINKING (photomorph) & THE BLACK & WHITE CAT (dream tanka series w/2-liner) by Roswila


THE BLACK & WHITE CAT

the black and white cat
given into her care and arms
just will not hold still,
will not stop struggling
intensely for its freedom

it's not yet bitten
or scratched her as it wriggles
but there's no saying
it won't, if only because
of its escalating panic

then she just lets go
she's had it with the struggle,
maybe the cat will
recall that the last time she'd cared
for it had worked out quite well

but it leaps from her
no longer containing arms
like a gunshot
she hopes it will know to come
back to her if it meets with trouble

and if it doesn't, that she'll be able
to forgive herself for letting go


[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 12-11-14. This is one with two very different levels. One about knowing when to let go and also accepting that one cannot/should not try to control everything. The other -- and more difficult one to deal with -- is about my struggle with black and white thinking. Yeah, the cat is out of this old bag on that one. Old rigid thinking patterns are running wild right now. But at least part of me is able to observe and not totally identify with them. Or maybe I'll just blame it all on Seasonal Affect Disorder (and that's only partly a joke). Photomorph "Twisted Thinking" (11-26-14 001v7a) 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, December 12, 2014

Ace of Swords in Roswila's Taiga Tarot & "this wild speech ..." (non-dream tanka w/2-liner) by Roswila


this wild speech rising
out of your mouth is not yours
but his, reaching out
from beyond the last door
as he dared not when living

don't fear this bright shadow's words
but welcome their mystery


[tanka with two-liner based on a Tarot reading of 12-9-14. I'd been thinking a great deal about my brother who died just a year ago. Almost feeling haunted by him. So I did a Tarot reading to see if I could understand what he was saying to me. And what I was saying to myself about myself based on our sad and ultimately estranged relationship. I did not accomplish any of this, but the reading did help me to become comfortable with not knowing. This quote by the poet Rilke (in Letters to a Young Poet, 1903) says it all much better than I:

"…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

And even should no answers come, that will be like so much else I live with. Secret ingredients in the elixir of life, if you will.

Image with tanka: the Ace of Swords, from my deck in (glacially slow) progress, The Taiga Tarot (tanka: "we fly or homestead/swim deep or burn/the midnight oil/what connects/is what pierces"), & Poem 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 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, December 11, 2014

STIRRING THE BREW (photomorph) & THE MEAT OF THE MATTER (dream tanka series w/2 two-liners) by Roswila


THE MEAT OF THE MATTER

that annoying gal
stashes her food garbage behind
my file cabinet
I ask that at least she seal
it all up and she complies

before I make
the time to toss it out
the smell becomes rank
then I realize she'd not even
bothered to sort for recycling

just as I think "You want it done right? Do it
yourself," Obama* appears with a shopping cart

it's filled with steaks,
obviously expensive
sirloins and fillets --
he's buying meats for a state dinner
to be held this evening

we're both scandalized
that much of what he's selected
won't meet government
accounting office regulations
and therefore he'll have to foot the bill

the government,
it seems, will only pay if
something is hard
to obtain and prepare:
ease, that is, is costly

"D.Y.I." are the call letters of the day and
"Effort and Elbow Grease and Grit," the motto


[tanka series with two interspersed two-liners on a dream of 12-10-14. *President Barack Obama. This dream was a puzzlement all the way through the drafting of the poem. It did not open up for me at all until those last three lines at the end sort of fell out of my pen, circumventing my resistance. BTW, this is largely about getting back to fully embracing the hard, on-going work of improving my health/weight. Photomorph "Stirring the Brew" (11-4-14 026v7) 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, December 10, 2014

IN THE DARK (photomorph) & SHE (dream tanka series w/2-liner) by Roswila


SHE

he demands a work
self-evaluation,
I'm new to the job
and though I don't like his
imperious tone, I give it

it's easier
to speak in the third person,
being compliant
stings less that way: "she's quite sharp
but tends to go a bit slow"

and my honesty's
tempered by that sharpness,
as I know better
than to point out that having had no
proper training "she" must go slow

I bite back a sardonic kicker that
maybe someday "she'll" learn to read minds


[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 12-9-14. Photomorph "In the Dark" (11-26-14 009v6a) 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, December 09, 2014

RAIN DANCE (photomorph) & DISEXISTESSENTIALISM (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


DISEXISTESSENTIALISM*

she denies writing
the letter criticizing
the photo art style
"Disexistessentialism,"
though I saw her typing it

more disturbing than her denial, her intense
scorn for my interest in the art form

I seek the safety
of my room and find that odd man
staring at my stuff,
I'd left it spread on the bed
forgetting he'd be sleeping there

he'd invited himself, not hearing my "no,"
acting as if he were a prince of the blood

sigh, I'd do better
to pay attention to what's
at hand to be done:
shunting that rain leaking in my
window, to the outside runoff

when an inside need
of the moment conflicts
with an outside one
a flood of denial prevents
many a dreaded drought


[tanka series with two interspersed two-liners on a dream of 12-8-14 (posted 12-9-14). *A word from the dream, said: DIS-ex-IST-e-SSEN-tialism." Given the meanings of the two words in it and their prefix, I think of it now as meaning psychological denial. Though in the dream it was simply the name of an art style, the pronunciation of which I kept forgetting. In a way, psychological denial is an art form. Its meaning comes from how it's applied and then viewed. Photomorph "Rain Dance" (12-7-14 005v4) & Poem by Patricia Kelly (C) 2014]

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.

Monday, December 08, 2014

THE LIDS ARE BLOWN (photomorph) & I SPY WITH MY LITTLE DREAM I ... (dream narrative) by Roswila


I SPY WITH MY LITTLE DREAM I ...

panic in the ground level dining room!

what the frack? thinks the dream I
there's no way to understand this ruckus
other than as a cry for help

at least this fast food room isn't crowded
yet with diners, as the workers rush out
to the sidewalk in a tumult

then the dream I notes the considerable
staff of the fancy lower level
dining room boiling up the stairs

ah, they must have heard the fuss
even way below in their carpeted,
wood-paneled room, and are rising
en masse to assist the ground level workers

though there's no sign of what's caused
the panic still clearly roiling among
the ground level dining room staff,
the arrival of concerned folk
who do the same sort of work as they
begins to calm them down

there's a chance, whispers a still trembling
waitress as calmly as she can to a crying
young bus boy, that we'll now
not only be listened to, but understood


[narrative on a dream of 12-6-14. This is the second recent dream (see yesterday's post) in which being in the position of an observer was important. There's much more to both dreams than that, but it is an important aspect. I'm hoping it's presence indicates a move toward creating a helpful distance between me and my troublesome emotions/thoughts. A further "disidentification" with them, if you will. Photomorph "The Lids Are Blown" (11-26-14 009v7) 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 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, December 07, 2014

TRAPPED (photomorph) & SOMETHING'S CHANGED (dream tanka series) by Roswila


SOMETHING'S CHANGED

Bill's* in a dream...again
and I'm happy to see him,
especially as
he's leaving the hospital
after only a brief stay

it's quite obvious
he's in fine fettle as he's
flirting with women,
hugging those who'll let him
and smiling boyishly at all

something's changed, yet I
can't put my finger on what:
there's an odd distance
between us, as if I were
now only an observer

this does not feel wrong
just sad though in a way
liberating, as if
some net I'd been unknowingly
tangled up in has vanished


[tanka series on a dream of 12-5-14. *Former President Bill Clinton, a familiar and friendly dream visitor of mine. This was one of those vaguely lucid dreams (knowing one is dreaming, as one is dreaming). Which can account for that sense of being an observer. However, I think observing has further significance that I'll address in tomorrow's post of a dream I had the following night. Photomorph "Trapped" (8-23-09 5966ev3) 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.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

NO WAY OUT (photo) & ON THE LINE (dream narrative) by Roswila


ON THE LINE

everyone's up in my business!
don't they get that if they just
leave me and this young bank teller be
I'll be off the line and out of their ways
that much faster?

I've already taken responsibility
for leaving my checks where they
could be pilfered and I won't bore anyone
with the tale of what I went through with
that sugar-won't-melt-in-her-mouth thief
(I never did get all the checks back)

and that mullet-wearing guy
toward the back of the line?
sure he's obstreperous, obnoxious even,
but everyone trying to convince him
(no matter how charmingly) to give up that
old-fashioned hair style won't cut short
his endless nonsensical defense

and this bank guard? he's the worst
of the lot! Mr. Understanding, explaining
endlessly how he used to have a mullet,
too, and that cutting it changed his life,
especially how his family viewed him

Ack! what business is it of any of these folk
how I and anyone else manage
our affairs and, quite frankly,
I've always liked long hair on men
(in fashion or not) but I don't go around
obstructing progress, expressing my opinion
in a saccharin stage whisper and tedious detail

hey, things are complicated enough for me
a little patience, not to mention quiet,
as I work through all that I have on the line
right now, would be very helpful

however I know I'm only spitting
into the wind with that wish

there are just too many different ways
any one situation is perceived by folk
(much less understood) and each generates
its peculiar imperative


[narrative on a dream of 12-4-14. Yes, this is about objective busybodies. However, more importantly, it's about my own way too busy, endlessly opinionated mind. I'm brought back to that expression "Don't believe everything you think." Photo "No Way Out" (12-2-14 007v4) 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 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, December 05, 2014

IN THE SWIM (photo) & "gnarled tree roots..." (non-dream haiku) by Roswila


gnarled tree roots
arch like backs from rain soaked earth
sounding whales


[non-dream haiku written 12-4-14. Photo "In the Swim" (12-5-14 001v5) by Roswila. I rarely illustrate a poem with a pic -- usually just echo it in some small, often very indirect way. But I decided to take this pic on my morning walk today because it was regret, in a way, that inspired this haiku yesterday. A twinge of regret that I had not tried to get a shot of these roots. Well, no regret now but also no great satisfaction from the effort. And I can't get other possibly better angles on the roots (and that dang wall) due to where they are and my arthritic limbs. Oy! No more complaints. At least I think I've fussed enough with the pic to bring out what I saw in the roots.]

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 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.