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)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

HAIKU: Response to One Single Impression Prompt of 4-27-08


star-shaped succulents
reach from the fish’s mouth
wind blown shadows


The prompt this week at ONE SINGLE IMPRESSION is "flowering." (You can visit One Single Impression to read the full prompt and enjoy others' responses to it.)

The scene of this haiku is one of the first things I savor each time I walk out of my building into the courtyard. Sometimes it's in bright sunlight, sometimes in shadow, but it always catches my appreciative eye. The delightful woman who has the studio next to mine tends this particular beautiful garden of the many gorgeous gardens on the grounds. After many years of careful planting and tending, she can no longer do the work herself as she's too physically frail, but she does supervise the work lovingly.

May 4, 2008: At the request of Storyteller (see comments) I'm posting a photo that is somewhat similar to the succulent plant referenced in my above haiku. Though the one in the garden here is more star- than roseatte-like, and has longer "stems."



I could probably have found an image of the succulent in the garden planter here, but I don't know the exact name, so had to search gazillions of google results for "succulents" to find even this similar one. :-)

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

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

PREHISTORIC FLASH: Dreamku Series by Vera Charline Wareham



PREHISTORIC FLASH

I shrink to bird size
lizards and fowls small as fleas
beneath cypress roots

dinosaurs were huge
compared to us now
we were larger then

now we are to birds
as we were to dinosaurs
largest predators

calcium layers
lie as man's prehistoric bones
earth strata

our skeletons
mix with our banquet of prey
proof too big to see


Charline has been writing dreamku for some time and has joined the DREAMJIN (for dreamku) Yahoo group I recently started. She posted this wonderful series a few days ago and I share it here with her permission.

Charline has posted two of her other dreamku series to her blog, Patchwork Faces of the Moon. There is also a colorful variety of modern haiga using her own photos and writing, that you might enjoy commenting on.

The above image is the April 15, 2008 Daily Mandala by Henry Reed, and is used by permission. I suggest visiting and checking out the wide variety of stunning mandalas on his blog.

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

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

SAYING GOOD-BYE, a dream-based poem by Patricia Kelly


SAYING GOOD-BYE

To keep my hospitalized mother company
I sculpted a brown clay horsehead
out of my love with my determined
ten year-old fingers, then sent it with my father
on his daily visit to her distant room

I next made a daffodil, one of her favorite flowers
cut out of oak tag, with petals laboriously colored
in layers of yellow crayon, and a stem
of twined pipe cleaners, then sent it also
in my father’s care

He said on coming home that night,
weary and clearly wearing a “good face,”
that she’d happily stuck the daffodil
at a jaunty angle in the top of the clay horsehead
and placed them close by on her bedside table

A few short days later the call came, that somehow
I had known was coming: Mama had gone home,
but not to ours, not to her husband, son, daughter,
and with no chance for good-byes

Years of unfelt mourning passed
followed by many more of letting go
and then the gift of a dream:
her small, tender kiss on the crown of my head,
good-bye’s bittersweet piercing

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The late March 2008 dream on which SAYING GOOD-BYE is based was actually only that closing image of my long deceased mother kissing me on the crown of my head. I was initially going to write a dreamku on it, but decided I wanted to get some background down. Then as I began to write I was caught by that memory of the daffodil horse. (Horse image above by Roswila.)

I've noticed there's a type of poem I write, like the one above, in which the entire body of the poem is a rather prosey "set up" for a single closing poetic image. (Others I've posted here like this: FRIENDS and THE EMBEDDED COUCH.) I'm not certain if this then means they should more properly be called prose-poems or not. But I do know they put me in mind of the writing form called haibun. In which (very briefly put) a prose paragraph is capped by a haiku. A haibun can also be a series of prose paragraphs, with haiku interspersed. You can read a dream haibun of mine in the post directly below this one, and for a variety of modern haibun check out CONTEMPORARY HAIBUN ONLINE.

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

Saturday, April 12, 2008

NEFERTITI NEEDS NO GOWN: Dream Haibun by Patricia Kelly



NEFERTITI NEEDS NO GOWN

The Queen's garment arrives from the cleaners. Before I hand it over I tell her I've written her title for it on the white paper covering the hanger, so it won't be forgotten.

"Nefertiti
Needs No Gown"
long gold lame pleats


A wide dirt road spirals around the inside wall of the archeological dig. A dusty commotion begins at the rim.

Nefertiti
knows we murdered her back then
reincarnation


The swaying open curtained pallet on which she's enthroned confronts us. Her regal beauty more contemporary than I would have imagined.

Nefertiti
leads a slow parade down
ancient artifacts


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A haibun is a poetic prose paragraph completed by a haiku (it can also be a series of such). This one is from a dream I had the evening of April 3, 2008. (The image is public domain, and I have altered it a little.)

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

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

JIM--LAST SPRING & BEGINNINGS: Poems by Virginia Wells



JIM -- LAST SPRING

All the time I worked on the computer,
He was sorting the mail.
someone to joke with or ask for help --
A man/boy with dark brooding look
Who carried himself lightly
Yet seemed grounded in grief.

One day we went to town
To take the uncollected mail.
We snitched time for the ice cream, too.

He told me he had been in Vietnam,
That he lived alone in the hills
On the other side of the river
In a small house with a bit of land,
And that he raised chickens.

I raised chickens once,
Carefully fattening them in their cages
To make prime eating and fetch a good price --
He said he did it to give away the eggs.
People seemed to like having something given to them.

This spring, I heard, he died.
They said his heart failed him.


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BEGINNINGS

Sitting all day long
On your second-floor balcony
We watch the magnolias unfold.
It takes hours,
But we are patient.
The sun is warm.
It is your birthday.


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Virginia ("Ginny") is a new friend I am having the delight of getting to know, here in my new home in California. It's been a wonderful journey of discovery to read her poetry, that ranges from the metaphysical through to the personal. Her love of nature shines particularly in the collection the above two poems are from: "Changing Landscapes." If you would be interested in obtaining a copy of this chapbook (or any of her others), just email me at maryschild44@yahoo.com and Ginny or I will email you all the information. I'll be posting more of her poems here in the future.

[Poems used by permission; image above: public domain.]

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

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Monday, April 07, 2008

DREAMKU: Response to One Single Impression Prompt of 4/7/08


the pawned figurine
of a woman and kestrel
shelved soul


The prompt this week at ONE SINGLE IMPRESSION is "stranded." I’ve sometimes thought there’s nothing more stranded-looking than items gathering dust on a pawn shop shelf. You can visit One Single Impression to read others' responses to this prompt (that I found a bit challenging, which is always enjoyable).

The above is a dreamku, a haiku-like poetry form for writing about our night dreams. The image above was painted by Katy Kianush, Copyright © 2003, Art Arena and the bird is a kestrel (small hawk, often used by ladies in "olden times" when hunting).

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

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

ALL DAILY DREAMKU POSTED IN MARCH 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).


ALL DAILY DREAMKU POSTED IN MARCH 2008



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

SNEEZING AT AN ELEPHANT

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

WHAT SHE WANTS

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

DEED, OR DOER

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

MEGAPHOR

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

WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP....

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

A NIGHT OUT

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

WE MEET AGAIN

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

ACTING OUT

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

BORROWING TROUBLE

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

IN PASSING

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

TOO CLEVER BY A HALF

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

THE LAY OF THE LAND

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


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

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