BEYOND REPAIR (photomorph) & GLASS WORK (dream tanka trio) by Roswila
he lifts the panel
of glass aside so we can all
get on the terrace
he places it thoughtlessly
leaving it to wobble badly
it's quite a stretch
but she manages to grab hold
of the large glass sheet
to keep it from hitting the tile floor
even as she yells out for help
no one responds
each looks away on passing by
and she's left again
holding the bag for an imminent
shattering they're blithely ignoring
[three tanka on a dream of 7-25-14. I've had this dream poem on the back burner for months, very unsure how I feel about it. Not the writing, but the content. It might be just a little too transparent (like that sheet of glass). I'm accustomed to a certain level of exposure in sharing my dream poems, but this one may go further. I certainly catch of whiff of self-pity wafting from it. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I thought I'd post it today. It's the season to let things go and look to fresh starts. (Halloween in the ancient Celtic tradition is New Year's.) Hm, I just noted that the photomorph of mine I've chosen to go with it is called "Beyond Repair" (4-7-12 11647v2c). Maybe the ultimate point of the dream was that what the glass represents is already broken/unfixable and to let it go.]
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....".
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.