WHAT A STEW! (photomorph) & THE PAINTING-PHOTO-COLLAGE (dream tanka series w/2-liner) by Roswila
yes, that's the word to describe
the way she's working,
having hooked her like a fish
well, more like a whale
but that's beside any point
to all this fussing
then the title comes to her:
Life As A Hardboiled Egg
she flips off a laugh
and continues moving things
around in the frame
her art isn't finished, no where
near fully cooked, if you will
as she lift corners
and flaps she sees older layers
she'd plumb forgotten
shapes and shadows suggesting
the past and some a future
an unknown future
that she hopes isn't as hot as
the bed she wakes in
time to get up and remove
the blanket or turn off the heat
back to bed and dreams
in which this art's retitled
More Global Warming --
seems there's no escaping
the world, not even in sleep
even here harsh portents boil up
from beneath the shifting fragments
[tanka series capped by a two-liner of a dream of 3-4-15. The titles in this dream were clearly influenced by how actually hot my body/rooms had gotten. However, my dreaming mind's choices of images to represent that, have much resonance beyond the prodromal (info from one's body in a dream). Photomorph "What A Stew!" (9-1-09 6368ev5) by Roswila]
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.