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Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Since I’ve finally started the dreamku Yahoo group (DREAMJIN) that I’ve been threatening to, I’ve been even more focused on dreamku than usual. I’m learning from my fellow group members' work and from their comments, and enjoying it immensely. It all leads me to look at these ‘ku below with somewhat newer eyes. This is, hopefully, all to the good. But I then wonder what I can say about them without going on, ad nauseum. :-D Well, I can say my favorite is this one (actually the ending one of a series, but it can stand alone):

they snub the poor crone
she stands tall at my urging
scarred thin beautiful

I feel something in myself stand tall with that crone when I read it. May we all receive and offer encouragement when it is needed.

Image above: My Taiga Tarot design for the Six of Swords, based on the same dream that produced the ending pair of dreamku for this month (March 31).


March 1, 2008

fellow traveler
and welcome friend in my dream
reformed abuser

March 2, 2008

he flirts upside down
and clutches at his chest
nothing untoward

March 3, 2008

barefoot waitress
she finds her flip-flops
by her lover in the diner

March 4, 2008

its painted rump flakes
the black and white horse
is a strawberry roan

March 5, 2008


high building terrace
safety pinning my blouse front
we fall off again

long free-fall
I guide the desk we cling to
away from concrete

safe landing
she doesn't want to lend me
more safety pins

March 6, 2008

prideful mother
her baby’s white blonde hair
has very dark roots

March 7, 2008

office exchange
he says we have mail problems
I say hire females

March 8, 2008

he builds spiraling
chimes for me to play
a new scale to learn

March 9, 2008

I like him, but live with him? John McCain*

[*the actual presumed USA Republican presidential candidate; BTW haiku are sometimes written in one line, as are dreamku]

March 10, 2008


energized room
her large family waits
to hear her poetry

she sits before them
mumbling and looking down
puzzled listeners

risky business
I whisper "speak out and
hold your head high"

she sits silently,
safe for once in their regard
true desire

March 11, 2008


the mobster
leaps around from bed to bed
immoral acts

the Cardinal
rings the room from bed to bed
religious lessons

the shape shifter
falls for the Cardinal
no real surprise

March 12, 2008

she fools herself
that she fits his parameters
easy way out

March 13, 2008

the walls keep being moved around dry...wet...dry

[Both haiku and dreamku are occasionally written in one line of approximately 10 or 11 syllables, and retaining the usual "kireji" (break).]

March 14, 2008


though drawn to him
she rejects his advances
her friend's dark lover

to flee she changes
into a Goddess statue
broken open

tsunami's wake
we must wear sunscreen
in the hot spots

she embraces
his love at last
holocaust alliance

[The first dreamku in the series above was actually dreamed the night before the next three. As I recorded the last three I saw the first and knew it was the beginning.]

March 15, 2008


missed train
a steward leads us in cars
to a downtown stop

the only one
not left behind in the rush
my strange vehicle

packed train
seated by me he flings his
head and arms around

the past
from which he dangles
abusive childhood

March 16, 2008

a house unfolds from
the broken little car
road trip with Dad

March 17, 2008

coulda lived better
coulda lived a whole lot worse
life is in the “is”

[I was chanting these lines in a dream. After some discussion on DREAMJIN as to whether this is truly a dreamku, I have decided it is more appropriately called a little poem. Though there are those who might even disagree with this as it really is more an aphorism. In any case, it teaches too clearly and evokes too little to be a dreamku. Funny thing is, as I have sat more with the memory of the dream I think I was actually trying to write a song in that dream. :-D]

March 18, 2008


I walk directly
through the gathering of snobs
gossip rolls off

a fat spy woman
runs when I shoot at her feet
rich part of town

they snub the poor crone
she stands tall at my urging
scarred thin beautiful

March 19, 2008

he demands I use
greater magic than I know
comic book hero

March 20, 2008

Brad Pitt and I
yearn toward each other
full auditorium

March 21, 2008

grabbed suddenly
from behind in my sleep
amorous shadow

March 22, 2008


a past life's pull
our inappropriate kiss
on first meeting

I see how he cares
maybe I'll grow
to like him later

two long rows
of feathered white peace pipes
he bends to light one

pointing to the dome
hiding my heart
this teenage shaman

March 24, 2008


we differ on how
to perform the rescue
soap opera scene

I cover the window
in dripping mounds of fake snow
an actor grins through

my scene is down there
with the smiling young actress
snowed-in basement

March 25, 2008


I assure her
the loan will be okayed
stack of forms

her son's nephew dies
the obit
in her loan approval

March 26, 2008

slim floorboard gaps
expose the room below
guilt-ridden spying

March 27, 2008

alternating nights
of sex, death, sex, death
solitary days

March 28, 2008

William Shatner* and I
were once very good friends
Oh Captain, my Captain

[*William Shatner is the actor who played Captain Kirk in the classic Star Trek T.V. show. He has also been a recurring friendly visitor in my dreams over many years. The last line of the dreamku is a reference to the Walt Whitman poem of the same name. Though not in the dream, when writing the dreamku it surfaced as containing exactly the mourning tone of the dream.]

March 29, 2008


my ex embraces
then lifts me carefully
long subway stairs

desire stirs
he leaves me on my feet
on the city sidewalk

March 30, 2008


down escalator
my costume so good no one
recognizes me

blue, blue, blue suede shoes
even dressed as half-man
half-woman I'm lonely

March 31, 2008


re-mapping flight
I sit outside between the wings
they bend

I insist we turn back
as we're so far from home
mirror-bright lakes

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,


[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, and Yahoo DREAMJIN: Group for Dreamku – Haiku-Like Dream Poems.

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At 6:20 PM , Blogger VCW said...

There are so many great verses here; I wish I had time to comment on all. Instead I will mention only my very favorites. I have seen some in the Dreamkin Group, but was pleasantly surprised to see ones that have not been posted there. I appreciate being part of that group and I am enjoying and learning a lot.

The 'snubbed crone' is the greatest.' The sneezing elephant' is delightful; I can feel a floating stomach on the way down, and what's with that woman not wanting to give up the safety pins? Especially after you guided the desk to safety. The 'comic book hero' is awesome and 'too cleaver by half' is a brain stimulator. The opening image of your taiga '6S' is very nice. I love the shapes and the feather looking thingies. As always good work.

he builds spiraling
chimes for me to play
a new scale to learn

This one has such a pleasant sound and such a pleasant task for you also, Patricia.

At 8:46 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi vcw,

I so appreciate and enjoy this response. I know how busy you are so taking the time to do so really warms my heart.

You bring a lot to DREAMJIN. It's good to hear you like participating.

I was a little concerned that "TOO CLEVER BY A HALF" was far too clever. LOL! But from your comment it may be getting across just what I felt on recalling the dream. One can be too clever for one's own good.

At 6:48 PM , Blogger VCW said...

LOL. I thought that might be the message. I love pondering over the possible meanings of dreamku.

I appreciate all of your comments on my blog-- Patchwork Faces of the Moon. I really want to make any changes on the cards... before I print them, and your input is the best. I have responded to your ideas on my blog. Thanks.

At 8:09 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi vcw,

Glad my comments weren't overwhelming. Your cards are delight-filled. :-)


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