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)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WAITING IN THE WINGS (photo art) & THE LAST WORD (dream tanka series) by Roswila


THE LAST WORD

the play's the thing
for sure, the only thing,
our costumes are pressed
and hung in shared dressing rooms
and our lines memorized

the star of the play,
a famous woman, arrives
to adulation
from other cast members as she
enters her private dressing room

she'll have a long wait
the opening's been put off
but my wait will be
longest of all as my minor
character doesn't speak 'til the end

but the bigger
problem, the one I ponder
as I pace backstage?
having the last word's no fun
at all if everything's scripted


[tanka series on a dream of 7-28-14. This one of those dreams that, as soon as I tugged at it, revealed many different strands. Some contrasting, even paradoxical. Yet all applicable, and a few simply asking questions. And that last may be the dream's most salient point: question what I learn, what I believe I know. Photo art "Waiting in the Wings" (7-20-14 020v8) 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....".

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‘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, July 28, 2014

AT THE CROSSROADS (photo) & THIS NEWEST DOOR (dream tanka series) by Roswila


THIS NEWEST DOOR

why does he now want
a Tarot reading from me?
it's been many years
since he dropped our friendship
with a reverberating thud

he's even started
shuffling the cards and, as always,
curiosity grabs me:
what will be revealed when I
lay out their opening faces

but he lays them out
himself, all higgledy-
piggledy, their black backs
facing blankly up, waiting for me
to go ahead and flip them

agitation rising
he stares at the dark unknowns
as I've not finished
making the final most important
card, the hinge for the reading

this can't be rushed
the paint on the emerging scene
dries as I cut out
the narrow black and white piece
to be pasted just off center

the last card's colors
dry, scintillating like trees
in windy sunlight,
the pasted on black and white strip
fitting in like an open door

he suddenly backs off
holding his hands as if they hurt:
if laying out cards
was too hard, how will he ever
walk through this newest door


[tanka series on a dream of 7-27-14. There's a lot that strikes me in this dream. To share just one of the strands I've already followed down: that expression "laying one's cards on the table" as in to be open or honest, or as in the current idiomatic use of the word "transparent." (BTW, there's a transparent Tarot. Seriously. I have it in my collection but it was not the deck I saw in the dream.) However, openness and honesty are only the beginning. One still must (to use another idiomatic expression vaguely implied at the end) "walk one's talk." And as ever I add the reminder that this dream speaks as much to me, as to that actual erstwhile friend. Oh, and Tarot cards are sometimes referred to as doors (also keys). Photo "At the Crossroads" (7-20-14 012v2) 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....".

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‘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, July 27, 2014

DROPLET (photo art) & AH... (dream tanka series) by Roswila


AH...

you can't stash bubbles
no matter how hard you try
in fact the more you
work at capturing their roundness
the faster they implode
the quicker they collapse
back into the ground of being
from which they floated
whether moments out of night dreams
or the walking dream of daily life
it's all bubbles
and their nature is to pop
to offer the beauty
of their reflective faces up
just long enough for your "Ah..."


[three tanka (run together) inspired by the dreams of 7-26-14. Once I'd given myself the OK to write tanka in a less strict syllable count form, I found myself wondering if I could get rid of the space between each tanka in a series when it seemed needful. I.e. until today I've always set the five lines of a tanka apart with a blank line. But as I was drafting "AH..." this morning I decided not to keep popping the bubble of the overall piece with the intrusion of a blank space. So the way it is now, at least for me, it doesn't pop until the "Ah..." BTW, the bubble image was not in any of the dreams (that I can recall) but came to me as I was pondering how even more ephemeral my dreams had seemed last night than usual. Photo art "Droplet" (8-23-09 5998v6d) 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....".

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‘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, July 26, 2014

SKY ROADS (photo art) & UNREACHABLE (dream tanka w/two 2-liners) by Roswila


UNREACHABLE

she lets it all out
at last, yelling and flailing
until they grab her
the old fashioned straight jacket
an odd relief once they tie it on

these ancient opposing titanic surges:
flooding expression and silencing control

a compromise unthinkable
the high road unreachable


[tanka with two 2-liners on a dream of 7-25-14. This is not as negative a dream as it may seem. That "high road" (as in the expression "to take the high road") at the end may be the foreshadowing of a new symbol to connect, even transcend these oppositions. Photo art "Sky Roads" (7-5-14 015v9) 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....".

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‘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, July 25, 2014

AT HEART (photo art) & ALIVE AND KICKING (dream tanka trio w/two-liner) by Roswila


ALIVE AND KICKING

he's still alive,
over there, do you see him?
no, he just never died
there's nothing miraculous here
just people's wont to gossip

to jump to the worst
of possible conclusions
and spread them around
thick and far with no regard
for impact much less the truth

but, hey, you know this,
yet bought that he's no longer
alive and kicking
so at the risk of some jumping
here's two questions to consider:

does his still beating heart ease your guilty feelings?
has anything outer ever truly changed your inner?


[three tanka (written in that new looser format I've started using) capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-23-14. That closing question can be read two ways and that's how it felt in the dream. The first way is in a psychological sense. I've been feeling very upset with how little I seem to have really changed for the better over the years. And hopeless as to what to do about it, if anything. But then there's that other sense. There is something essential about each of us -- beyond the psychological -- that is truly changeless in a positive sense, even eternal. Ah, I just realized the two questions themselves can be read to reflect these two senses. Photo art "At Heart" (4-19-14 005vd) 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....".

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‘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, July 24, 2014

WINDSHIELD (photo art) & "nigh on to ninety..." (non-dream haiku) by Roswila


nigh on to ninety
in the shade - cars on the highway
sparkle like gem stones


[non-dream haiku written 7-23-14. Photo art "Windshield" (6-26-14 005v6) 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,






[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, July 23, 2014

SURFING THE MEMORIES (photo art) & SOUL'S EASE (three dream tanka) by Roswila


SOUL'S EASE

all these dream images
throughout the years of homes
never lived in
nor even visited except
in the odd reflective moment

these impressions
of golden twilight and sea air
of dark wood walls
and screen doors opening
and closing around children

these sandy floored
places of time's pausing
and the soul's ease
of harbors so delicate
tears trail their fleet passage


[three tanka, dream based but not drawn from a specific dream, rather from a general type I've had many times over the years, written 7-21-14 in the looser tanka form I've begun using. Photo art "Surfing the Memories" (4-24-14 003v15) 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, July 22, 2014

ASWIM WITH STARS (photo art) & BY STARLIGHT (dream tanka series w/two-liner) by Roswila


BY STARLIGHT

already panicky
I wake in my third floor bedroom
yelling first for her
then for him but as usual
they're not here when I need them

also as usual
I don't give up and search the dark
apartment for them
panic ups a notch when I see
the glass terrace door's ajar

I rush to lock it
and startle the two of them as they
sit outside and schmooze
my anger's uncontainable
why didn't they respond to me

I tell them off
and turn abruptly away
no longer caring
whether they react or not
come back in or move out

starlight has stirred the depth of my vision
I neither want nor need these fair-weather folk


[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-21-14 (tanka written in a somewhat looser format, to be addressed in a future post). I had a hard time deciding which dream piece to post today as I have a few waiting in the wings. But decided to go with this newest one as I'm still dealing with some lingering anger. The dream is a condensation of many situations, past and present, that are hot for me right now. Maybe posting it will help me cool down by starlight, if you will. BTW, "starlight vision" is an expression I've seen used in Tarot studies to mean intuition, especially with reference to The Moon card. And listening to my (for some reason recently heightened) intuition is more than usually important in my life right now. Even if I can't really see where it might be going. Starlight vision is often like that. Urgently guiding without revealing very much. Photo art "Aswim With Stars" (7-20-14 020v20) 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....".

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‘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, July 21, 2014

VERGES (photo art) & "she chatters on..." (non-dream haiku) by Roswila


she chatters on --
in the corner of my eye
sparrows flutter off


[non-dream haiku written 7-7-14. The photo today is the result of having made the collage I'd said here a recent dream was urging on me. I don't think the collage is finished. However, I still took a photo of it and have been in hog heaven making various versions of the pic. Click here to see three more of them. Photo art "Verges" (7-19-14 001v20) 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, July 20, 2014

OUT OF THE ASHES (photo art) & A DAY'S BURNT OFFERING (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


A DAY’S BURNT OFFERING

each moment a bridge
braided of echoes and reflections
each landing on another shore
subsumed in the unknown


past the impetuous reach
of a wish, a white hot
dandelion fluff floats through
a bevy of dragon flies
and disappears over the sea

the sand briefly brilliant
as a lavender sky lies down
on a teal blue horizon,
and boulders shrug the heat
of the day off their backs

the sea trades in transformation
plying itself from here to there
from now to then     snake oil
and panacea     elixir and placebo
never and always a cooling fire

the gibbous moon hangs like a coin
caught in a game slot     I have not asked
my burning question of this arcade
oracle draped in starry skirts
and receive no answer

the only human afoot under
the night I head back to the Inn
murmuring feverishly to the moon
that I adore Her     a car hums by trailing
a coda like fairy dust from an open window:
“She’s putting
silver moonbeams
in her hair!”


[non-dream free verse poem written in May of 2012 and very slightly tweaked today. This is another poem drawn from notes made in the mid-to-late1980’s on one of the many day-long hikes I always took each summer on trips to Block Island, Rhode Island. (The other, also posted here, is "The Journey".) Photo art "Out of the Ashes" (7-19-14 001v7) 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, July 19, 2014

NO ESCAPING THE LIGHT (photo) & LYING IN AMBUSH (dream tanka w/two liner) by Roswila


LYING IN AMBUSH

all these silly dreams,
images and words punning
as they whiz on by,
and this last dream, of folk chased
around a bank by Keystone Cops

will even this silliness expose meaning
lying in ambush? you can bank on it


[tanka with two-liner on dreams of 7-18-14. And, for sure, meaning has surfaced as I drafted the above. In a way, I think the dreams were mostly trying to escape (or seek relief from?) the big disappointment I felt coming that landed painfully this morning on getting up and about. However, they were still fun. Another dream played with the "charger" for a cell phone and "charger" as in a medieval King's war horse. Oh, and just in case, here's a link to info on those endlessly manic and silly Keystone Cops of the silent film era. Photo "No Escaping the Light" (7-5-14 019v2) by Roswila; the detail in this one shows better in a larger view, so trying clicking on the image]

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, July 18, 2014

ROSY FLUSH (photo) & ONE FOR THE BOOKS (dream tanka pair w/two-liner) by Roswila


ONE FOR THE BOOKS

no matter how she
places the pieces in her
3-D construction
the shadows show up a soft
totally improper pink

not that this doesn't
please her wannabe artist's eye
but how can it be?
block light, dark's projected
not lovely pastel rose

this one's for the books (and art boxes
it seems): shadows may come in all colors


[a tanka pair capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-17-14. I read somewhere once that our psychological shadow (in the Jungian sense) does not always consist of repressed dark/negative aspects that we then project onto others. But that it can occasionally have light/positive aspects, especially in folk with low self-esteem. I'd not have given one red cent when I went to bed last night that I'd have a positive dream like this one. (And there was a dream before this one with the same theme, couched in different less interesting imagery.) Not only am I going to watch -- even more closely, if that's possible -- what I think about other people, but this dream has set a fire under me to do some collage work again. I've already begun to gather the materials for a first go at one in years, with the possible theme/name "Shadows Come in All Colors." Photo "Rosy Flush" (4-29-12 11812ev7) 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, July 17, 2014

SEEKING A NEW FORM (photo art) & DIPLOID DANCING (three dream tanka w/one two-liner) by Roswila


DIPLOID DANCING

... so now here's a dream
about word memes: on one side
human, and lined up
on the other, memes from Mars,
all anxious for the diploid dance

how easily each
meme splits in half, leaving their
other half behind,
to mate up with their foreign
yet fitting counterpart

strings of new copper
words curling themselves up on
a sheet of paper
the lines like a baroque
modern dance livening the sheet

the advent of a mixed art
meaning the afterbirth


[three tanka capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-16-14. This dream (at least as far as I relate to it right now) reflects three issues. One, how I keep trying to meld things together, like poetry (and its various forms) with dreams and/or Tarot and sometimes all of them at once. Oh, then there's connecting my photos to all this, as well. Two, my wish for a fresher language in my writing. A desire to breathe new life into it. And three, the wish I could get across to others that the question "What does it mean?" doesn't really matter all that much. A corollary to that being a wish for others to understand and/or believe it when I say that I do not come to the blank page knowing what I'm going to say and what it means. I find all that out later, after it's completely written. And sometimes not even then. This was also a fun dream visually. The part of it reflected in the third tanka involved the strings of word memes lining up and then re-aligning on the sheet of paper. Trying to find the most balanced and pleasing draping of lines. BTW, that they were copper colored may bring another element (if you'll pardon the pun) into this dream as copper is said to help with arthritis pain. Oy! And the title for the photo I've chosen to go with this dream poem may hint at even another element: my wish for a new body. (And that's only partly a joke.) Photo art "Seeking A New Form" (6-19-14 8399ev5) 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, July 16, 2014

BURNING THROUGH (photo art) & WHILE THE HOUSE BURNS (dream tanka series w/one two-liner) by Roswila


WHILE THE HOUSE BURNS

the fire spreads slowly
and steadily through her home
surely there's time
to gather a few things
like her small television

but where is it?
where'd the roommate who gave
it to her stash it?
as she searches she notes
the fire's moving more quickly

yet she continues
to hunt for the idiot box
while at the glass door
of the terrace teenagers
in a ferment try to get in

without thinking
she double locks the door ...
then the idea!
leave all these snags and invasions
to the accommodating fire,

head out for cool high ground
and stroll beneath the stars


[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-15-14. It seems this dream lit a fire under me as I was up and taking a walk earlier than usual this morning. And walking is a huge component of my present health program. One I've not been giving its due recently. Photo art "Burning Through" (6-24-14 005v8) 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.