THE WHOLE BALL OF WAX (photo) & UNCAPTURED (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila
the young dark-haired girl
wants no photos at all
to be taken of her
she starts to panic when I aim
my camera in her direction
I quickly explain
I'm focused above her head
on that blue collage
but she stays very upset
as her father will be furious
he's warned her, time and again,
to avoid being photographed
he doesn't want
anyone making money on pix
of her just because
their family's not only
famous but wealthy
this last clues me in
to the real unexpressed reason
he's laid down this ban
so heavily that he's scared
his sweet wide-eyed daughter:
he himself is deeply fearful that would-be
kidnappers will learn what she looks like
I don't say anything about my sudden
insight to this agitated girl before me,
but pack my camera safely away
and carefully put an arm around her
she hides her face in my loose embrace,
grateful it seems to remain uncaptured
[mixed format poem on one part of a lengthy, convoluted dream of 10-14-14. This is the rare dream poem that even after writing and letting it sit a few days, I still don't relate to in a deep, "AhHAH!" sort of way. Probably because it was actually only the start of a long dream. The rest of which I chose not to write on (talk about too much!) and forgot about. Hm, I can, however, now see some old father issues touched on in this portion of the dream. That's the string I'll pull on in this knotted ball, in a Tarot reading later. Photo "The Whole Ball of Wax" (4-2-11 10698ev5) 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.