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)

Monday, April 30, 2007

DREAMKU: Response to One Deep Breath Prompt of 4/30/07



the whirling seal
from beneath the frozen sea
joy or insanity

The above is what I am now terming a "dreamku." I.e., a haiku-inspired form about night dreams. This is a very old dream that I wrote a lengthy poem about years ago and just recently tried revising, to no good result. When I saw today's One Deep Breath prompt to create something on a "sea" theme I immedately saw the seal in the sea of this old dream.

You can visit One Deep Breath to read the entire prompt, and to enjoy the variety of others' responses.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

ANOTHER WAY TO DEAL WITH DREAMS (Dream-Based Poem)

[The Fool card in The World Tree Tarot]


ANOTHER WAY TO DEAL WITH DREAMS
(or “An Odd Sort of Blessing On the Joyous Occasion
of Stephanie & Jay’s Wedding of 4/28/07")



I

the night before her wedding I dream

of hoping to catch that man’s attention as I fall slowly
down a cliff side toward shallow water

of landing in the flooded kitchen where two
small ovens stand side-by-side

of instructions for use bleeding across drowned pages

of the man from the cliff stepping out of his book,
a shadow from another century

of saying it’s a well-written story, especially for a romance

of the slick, pale green triptych we fold and open,
fold and open, but cannot read

of the author who demands my copy of his book

of every one of my painstaking notes falling out
to dissolve like salt in water

of the island woman reading her poems about death
and abuse, loss and sadness

of her rage briefly reflecting like the bright eyes
of a jaguar in the night

of the retired policeman’s poetry, cryptic and dark, one
word or fragment stacked above the other

of struggling to feel a way through his braided poems
as if they were brailled


II

I wake, my lips dry from kissing up to these ancient icons

Basta! I say out loud and Basta! again then burst out
in a spontaneous sing-song blessing, both reminder
and celebration of my friend’s wedding

Today, I will seek no reassurance, nor petition
for answers, but let the past toddle away
like last night’s dreams, naked and laughing,
a small child refusing to get dressed for the day


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Resource: Eternal Guild/Dream Art, and yet another way of dealing with our night dreams: some intriguing, brightly colored, dream-inspired paintings.

‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

THE FUTURE OF DREAMS (Five Scifaiku)

Death (XIII), a Tarot card,


I've recently started organizing my haiku and other small poetry forms files. Although I've always kept paper copies of all my poems, with various computer crashes and the piles of unorganized paper copies, they have been in rather a mess for some time. Many don't have any date on them at all or any mention of where they may have been published, and too many aren't even on my current computer. It's quite an undertaking but I feel up to it.

The poems below of mine are scifaiku, a haiku based form with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes. I unearthed these as I began this big organizing project. They were all written back when I first discovered the form, probably all in 1998 or '99, and I've edited a couple slightly where I thought I could improve them. I've selected them because they all reference dreams.



THE FUTURE OF DREAMS
(Five Scifaiku)

refugees
they ride starships
we, dreams

invaded by bodies
the dream ship fades
lost in space

centuries
of frozen dreams
haunted cryo-ship

strange dreams, these
the elders say they are of earth
genetic flotsam

seventh generation
dreams of earth burn away
under the constant sun

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

SCIFAIKU: Response to One Deep Breath Prompt for 4/23/07



an unopened
braille book by the crater
memories of earthrise


One Deep Breath's prompt this week is to consider Earth Day. The piece above is a scifaiku, a haiku inspired form with science fiction/fantasy/horror themes. In the case of this scifaiku it may not be one for much longer. Humans have stood on the moon and looked at earthrise. However, I don't believe a blind person has yet had the joy of remembering earthrise from beside a moon-crater. :-) May we all remember our earth's many beauties and joys, and treat Her accordingly.

The photo is from Liquid Sculpture and is used by permission. You can visit One Deep Breath (link above) to read the wide variety of others' responses to the prompt.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

REVIEW OF "WHAT I WANTED TO SAY," poems by Iris Litt

Shivastan Publishing*


Years back when I first heard Iris Litt read her poetry in New York City, I was quite struck by her open and honest work. I eventually took one of the inspiring poetry workshops she offers occasionally in the Woodstock, New York area of the Catskills. So it was with great pleasure that I awaited receipt of her newest collection of poems. I now keep “What I Wanted To Say” next to my easy chair for quick access when something reminds me of an image or observation in one of her poems and I wish to re-savor the gem within its full setting.

Litt’s work is not only enjoyable and admirable for its original and often very moving images and observations, but for its easy flow of language. I find myself at home with her words, even as she travels to Italy and the tropics, or speaks to the realities of heartfelt relationships and painful losses, or wonders and remembers. Her subjects range from the very personal to the more societal in scope. Two poems on recycling both make their points with humor, and those about the theft of her purse while traveling demonstrate her awareness of the probable child thief’s need.

I could go on, citing examples of the honesty, humor and insight that inform her poetry. But I’ll simply close with the last two stanzas of one of my favorites in this new collection, that I feel speak more clearly than I can:

[from HABITS]

....I try to use our magic
like a pail of lime
which they say dissolves
all things including rage

so I can get to the clear
rippleless surface
of the love that lives
beneath these waves
like a fathomless pond.”


Litt’s work offers many unique, fascinating and illuminating reflections on that pond, in which we lovers of poetry can take great delight.

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* Available directly from the author:
Iris Litt, 21 Cedar Way, Woodstock, New York 12498
$13.35 per copy ($12.00 + $1.35 postage).
Also availabe through
Amazon.com and
at St. Marks Books on Third Avenue & Ninth Street,
Manhattan, New York, NY



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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD... (Cartoon)

["For cryin' out loud, let go of the stick!"]


I don't even remember how old this cartoon is. This is an umpteenth generation xerox of it, the original clipped cartoon long since having crumbled to dust. It's been on my refrigerator in this apartment for many years. Recently I've been noticing it a lot and laughing, as it's how I've been feeling even more than ever. That is, what good is all my awareness (extra-sensory and otherwise) when all I do with it is cling to it? When is it time to let go and do something with what I know? But dare I let go as what unknown might I now be dangling above? Maybe posting this cartoon will help end the suspense. LOL!

For those not familiar with dowsing, which is what this cartoon is poking fun at, its an "Occult practice used for finding water, minerals, or other hidden substances. A dowser generally uses a Y-shaped piece of hazel, rowan, or willow wood (also called a dowser or a divining rod). The dowser grasps the rod by its two prongs and appears, while walking, to be receiving transmissions from beneath the earth. If the rod quivers violently or points downward, some buried substance has been located. First practiced in Europe during the Middle Ages, dowsing is most often used to find water but may also be employed to locate precious metals, buried treasure, archaeological remains, or even dead bodies." Source: Britannica Concise Encyclopedia online.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

TANKA: Response to One Deep Breath Prompt of 4/16/07

knees weakened
by the horrendous news
of the massacre:
the instinct
to pray


One Deep Breath's prompt this week is to think about the potential energy (or lack thereof) around/in us. The horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech University early this Monday morning is much with me, as it is with us all. When I heard the news report, I could barely stand before my T.V., weak and stunned. My prayers are with all those effected by this terrible tragedy.

P.S. A few hours after posting the above I began to wonder why the reports of deaths in Iraq do not impact me in quite the same way. Not that I am not deeply saddened by them. I am. But is it the level of awful familiarity that buffers those statistics? I have no answer. Only the painful question.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

A DREAMKU, & A PROBLEM WITH ENDINGS (Poem)

Mandala courtesy of Zodiac Arts



[dreamku]

rocky cove
the red sails on an anchored
sea-faring ship




A PROBLEM WITH ENDINGS

She tried again to explain her problem with
my poem’s ending, “Too pointed,” she said.

Years later a friend takes a different tack
“Let the opening image have its head,”
gently making that point I’d come to dread.

Today I see what they were saying as
I sail through poems by many others,
wincing when the occasional pointed
ending nails a vital image to the pier.

Here, hop on and release that mooring line....


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The dreamku and the dream it's based on are several weeks old. The poem I wrote a couple days ago. I was not thinking at all about the dream/dreamku when drafting the poem. But once completed, the poem opened the dream a bit more for me. Unfortunately, my mood today has me "nailed to the pier." Maybe it's that NorEaster that's on the way. Yes, I'll blame it on the weather. :-)

Resource: Free E-Poetry Books on PoemHunter.com (pdf format).

‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

IN THE MIRROR and THE FONTANEL (Poems)

["Wild Leaf," copyright Superstock, Inc., Webshots.com]


IN THE MIRROR

part sister, part demon
you visit nightly
draped in sleep,
a child playing dress-up
before her mother's mirror

you take on facets
that beg reflection,
friend or traitor,
whimsical or sad

as each in turn
finds full embrace
in the moon-like silver
of the mirror


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I've been reading a great deal of poetry by other people, even more than usual, which often precipitates writing of my own. This new poem above popped up late last night, pestering me until I got it down on paper. Funny thing is, I don't remember very much at all of my dreams last night. Maybe writing the poem served as that function for the night. And I'm only partly joking....

P.S. After posting the above I went off-line and another poem promptly asserted itself. I know from years of experience that my poems take a while to "settle," so both of these poems may wind up being slightly "tweaked." But I do believe they are essentially complete.


THE FONTANEL

it aches deeply today
this soft spot
I’ll always hold for you

old failures and pointed
questions with no answers prod
until it blooms bluer
than any bruise

but better the pulsing ache
of this unclosed fontanel
than a hardness like graveyard
bones piled over you


P.P.S. A third poem has since wiggled its way through, but I probably won't post that one til it's had a chance to "settle." I'm rather tickled that three appeared in barely 24 hours, as I really don't write "regular" poems much at all these days. I'm too absorbed in various haiku forms.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

ONE-LINE HAIKU: Response to One Deep Breath Prompt of 4/9/07



across what bridge .... this inspiration


This week's prompt is to think about "bridges." I was reminded that I've always wondered how my inspiration and ideas come to me (to anyone), from where, and how they get here, which resulted in the above one-liner. I then thought of The Hierophant in The Tarot as an appropriate illustration for it. Older names for this card are The Pope, or The Pontif, which means "bridge." And that accurately gets across (:-D) one aspect of The Hierophant: a channel for inner inspiration.

The wonderful card above is a very non-traditional version of The Hierophant and was done by Fulgour (using cut paper) for the Fourth Aeclectic Community Tarot Project.

Please visit One Deep Breath to read the full prompt and to view others' creative responses to it.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

A ZERO G GARDEN (A Scifi Renku)

Zen Garden, by Ciro Marchetti

You may have noted my fondness for small poetry forms. Today’s post is a renku, with a science fiction theme. It was written by Oino and myself in comments to my Daily Dreamku (prompted there by Oino, and posted here with his permission).

Renku are usually written by two or more people, though sometimes by one person. A renku consists of alternating three- and two-line stanzas and is often considerably longer than ours below. The starting three-line verse of a renku is what evolved into the haiku form. The most important features of a renku are linking and shifting. "Linking," very simply put, is responding in some way to the previous lines. The fun (and skill) is in making the link very subtle or unusual. "Shifting" is taking the theme or subject or setting off in a different direction.

I’ve identified the authors below each contribution, and the two of mine that were Daily Dreamku. (For non-scifi fans, the letters "FTL" stand for "faster than light," and "Dorsai" refers to a military scifi book series by Dickson.) I share this renku mostly to share the form itself, but also to remember how much fun it is to await a response and then savor it. :-)


A ZERO G GARDEN

suprisingly
it's the hope of the future
space dragon's hatchling
pk [dreamku]

imprints on an astronaut
at last we'll go FTL
oino

holistic farming
the evidence of old wounds
is more intriguing
pk [dreamku]

entombed in his armor
a soldier of Dorsai
oino

ours to do and die
at the galactic wormhole
no turning back
oino

backs to the stars
we repair the warp drive
pk

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Resource: Haiku Society of America’s definitions, you can read a much more detailed description of renku here.

‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

SOME OF MY STAR TREK MEMORABILIA



OK, OK, this first one above is not Star Trek, but it is certainly in the genre. It's an old card a friend of mine sent me, knowing my love of science fiction (and fantasy). I particularly like that well-armed beauty on the left. No damsel in distress in need of rescue by Captain Kirk, thank you very much!

Before I go on I should say I was a trekker (not trekkie, no, not ever trekkie!) from the start. I attended the first Star Trek convention ever held here in New York City in 1973 (I hear there was one earlier in New Jersey, I believe it was). The dealers' room got so crowded at one time as to be a bit scary. My friend and I were bleary eyed by the time they finally chased us hearty hangers-on out of the filming rooms of the hotel in the wee hours, and told us "That's all folks!" Below is the back outside cover of the photo-packed program from the 1974 convention. (The front cover is a color photo of Mr. Spock with his serious Vulcan expression.)



From inside the 1974 program, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock:



From that same program, Uhuru, with what looks to be Mr. Spock in the background. From the style of his uniform, I'd guess this is from either the first pilot ("The Cage"), or the episode ("The Menagerie") it was later made in to:



Also from that program, here's Majel Barrett (wife of Gene Roddenberry, the originator of Star Trek). For the life of me, I can't recall the name of this character, but she was a nurse (Nurse Chapel?) and in love with Spock:



In a subsequent convention, I entered the costume contest and tied for third place. I went as that tall, pregnant Queen Eleen, of the "Friday's Child" episode (played by Julie Newmar). I taped a slightly deflated child's plastic football to my stomach, and as I'm 5'9" wearing platform heels gave me really good height. The highlight for me of that convention was not tying for third but having Isaac Isamov pat my "pregnant" belly and say "I didn't do it, but I wish I had!"

The below is from my wall. It's actually a bumper sticker, but I've never peeled the back, and have kept it taped to a wall in whatever apartment I've lived in since I got it many years ago. It still gives me a chuckle when I need one:



This is a postcard. I've always imagined it was taken after a long day of shooting when they were plain silly with exhaustion:



This last is not classic Star Trek, but certainly in that universe. It's of the only other Captain to ever equal Captain Kirk, in my estimation, Captain Jean Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And he's with a horse, to boot!



I have lots of other memorabilia, but this is a decent sampling of that which can be scanned. In the category of unscannable are a small lapel pin of the Star Trek badge, a larger badge that makes communication noises when pressed, a small model of The Enterprise, and a large very old and now very fragile cartoon poster of Kirk and Spock in the old "Keep on Truckin' " style, that says "Keep on Trekin'."

Live Long and Prosper!

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Resource: Memory Alpha, is a collaborative project to create the most definitive, accurate, and accessible encyclopedia and reference for everything related to Star Trek.

‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

ALL DAILY DREAMKU POSTED IN MARCH 2007

Horse Head 2, by Patricia Kelly (a/k/a Roswila)


Last month I said I had a hard time discerning any theme for the dreamku for that month. I'd have to say a theme for this month isn't readily apparent either, though I do note a lot of animals, especially horses. That I would be choosing horse-themed dreamku to post makes sense. The horse is one of my power animals and I always think of it as representing my body. This is highly appropriate as I've been taking very good care of my poor, beleaguered and aging body (even losing weight again) for about a month and a half. These two dreamku struck me as clearly addressing this process:

drawing it out
the horse radiates light
from its belly

an elephant trumpets
the man says he works now
only with horses


That the month's selections end with a difficult "steep descent" also makes sense. I've been through a harrowing few days emotionally and have finally surfaced with some very helpful and motivating insights.



ALL DAILY DREAMKU POSTED IN MARCH 2007


March 1, 2007

dead folk from Atlantis
hooked up as batteries
this is not good



March 2, 2007

written in the air:
the blood must be returned
to the fire



March 3, 2007

the ancient tree
takes root within her
an essence of pine



March 4, 2007

drawing it out
the horse radiates light
from its belly



March 5, 2007

TINY PAW PRINTS
(based on 4 separate dreams, 10/06 to 3/07)

I leave them to it
their annoying little dog
follows me

we rush to dig up
the living puppy again
brief relief

baseboard
the mini-dachshund
drives a land-boat

the tiny dog leaps
over large dogs lying down
unflagging guard



March 6, 2007

an elephant trumpets
the man says he works now
only with horses



March 7, 2007

TWO FOR THE ROAD
(from one recent dream)

a spying camel
we halt our horseback escape
into the desert

the escaped camel
wants freedom as much as we
desert night riders



March 8, 2007

I dismount
the lion lies down to rest
should I?



March 9, 2007

the girl sketches dragons
in bright blue-green ink
speaking true



March 10, 2007

FIVE DUSTY SHARDS
(based on dreams of 12/21/06)

he admits to
inappropriate longings
time trip

bed-time story
the young girl threatens
to call the police

the famous man
signs his photo for the girl
seduction

I track the lost girl
by her noisy shoes
dark tunnel

the girl rounds on me
with a knife in each hand
listen closely!



March 11, 2007

rocky cove
the red sails on an anchored
sea-faring ship



March 12, 2007

I announce he’ll need
a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
vampire outing



March 13, 2007

for a living
he steals horses and sells them
seedy side of town



March 14, 2007

muddy rebirth
a woman and child hauled up
with the pasta strands



March 15, 2007

A CHANGE OF OUTLOOK
(dreams of 12/06 and 1/07)

detour
I drag my feet towards
my old family home

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she leads the way back
to my wood frame house
moonlit grass and trees



March 16, 2007

FOUNDATIONAL
(from one dream of 3/13/07)

I guess it's a
fridge we're hooking up
basement work

more basement fix-up
we connect eight
telephone lines

and more basement chores
we bail overflowing suds
from the clothes washer



March 17, 2007

starvation wages
for spinning all this thread
the source of all yarns



March 18, 2007

one swears to save her
the other threatens rape
the priest needs funding



March 19, 2007

she wants to steal
the exquisite rose brooch
so do I



March 20, 2007

girl challenger
mature Queen On’Sa quickly
wins the wrestling match

[I both heard and saw the name “On’Sa” in the dream]



March 21, 2007

city souvenir
the bamboo staff becomes
my pogo stick



March 22, 2007

she’s the least fierce
of my personalities
just wait



March 23, 2007

he rises up
the church’s hierarchy
haunting ambition



March 24, 2007

surprisingly
it’s the hope of the future
space dragon’s hatchling



March 25, 2007

holistic farming
the evidence of old wounds
is more intriguing



March 26, 2007

carriage launch
the small baby jumps
onto the larger



March 27, 2007

upstairs beckons
the escalator speeds me
to Detroit



March 28, 2007

day’s end
the tireless chihuahua
jumps over large dogs



March 29, 2007

the car is gone
the garage floor sunk
pre-emption



March 30, 2007

my silver beaked mask
he still fears they’ll know
he’s with me



March 31, 2007

steep descent
..........razor sharp
..............stair railing


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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

Roswila

[aka: 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”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT.

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