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Friday, July 31, 2009


Oh my goodness! Made it through another month, this one jam packed with all sorts of both external and internal activity. Digital photography is filling more and more of my time. Not the taking of the pictures (though one day I did take 183 ... yes, that’s not a typo ... 183 pix), but the editing of them. And then the upkeep of the picture files. Weeding out those I really don’t see being salvageable, so that my computer won’t have a stroke.... I have taken just about 1,500 pix since late March. Then, dealing with the evolution of my various little jobs and volunteer responsibilities in the retirement community I live in, and so on. Not to mention keeping up with my three blogs, doing some creative writing, and getting regular exercise. Fortunately, exercise dovetails with taking photos – I take very long walks. Oh, and then there’s cleaning my room, doing laundry, having a social life such as going to a movie with a friend or to see the “Butterflies Alive!” exhibit in the S.B. Museum of Natural History.

I think the dreamku below reflect this new life and it’s challenges fairly well. And I hope the addition of a digital photo to each post adds something interesting. I’ve certainly had great fun selecting a photo for each post. I mostly choose them in the tradition of haiga – illustrated haiku. That is, rather than attempting to directly illustrate the accompanying poetry, I select them based on a small and even sometimes very slant or punning aspect of the words that I see reflected in the photo.


July 1, 2009


I’m in hot pursuit
of the guilty Asian guy
shopping mall chase

caught and grounded
I let him inch toward the beach
observing woman

“He’s a war criminal,”
I tell her in my defense
the young woman nods

she leaves to locate
the nearest police station
I hold him down

[dreamku series on a dream of 6-30-09; Image: by Roswila]

July 2, 2009


I slowly welcome
his romantic advances

we wander a dirt
country road together
a blonde man appears

his ghostly male mate
also approaches us
we’ve all met before

the blonde tells a story
we had heard over dinner:
Hollywood welcomes
the charismatic Buddhist,
youthful and enthusiastic
he becomes their new darling

he soon realizes
he’s becoming a sham, too
he leaves Cher’s home

the men on the road
ask me what is most important
respect surprises

I answer
hesitantly: compassion
they wanted more
something new or poetic
but can’t deny this deathless truth

[dreamku & two dream tanka on a dream of 6-30-09; Image: digital photo by Roswila]

July 3, 2009

a new way to look
through the curtainless window
how to protect this

[dreamku on a dream of 7-2-09; Image by Roswila]

July 4, 2009


we start gathering
in a large conference room
a circle of seekers
the leader organizes us
into pairs of A & D

my partner
assigns me the D half
I acquiesce

she takes the film star
I get a dark-haired bearded
man to study

[a dream tanka and two dreamku on a dream of 7-3-09; Image: "Footsies" by Roswila]

July 5, 2009


why does she claim to
when she doesn't care for me
another false friend

where are the black shoes
I left behind in her home
would they fit me now

[dreamku pair on a dream of 7-4-09; Image by Roswila]

July 6, 2009

my deceased stepmom
wafts vaguely through a dream
a too brief comfort

{dreamku on a dream of 7-5-09; Image by Roswila]

July 7, 2009

a computer screen
lights and fills the night landscape
earth’s new defense

[dreamku on a dream of 3/28/09; Image: by Roswila]

July 8, 2009


society bans
female sexuality
men dress in drag

a fringe night club
lets women be women
modern speak easy

[two dreamku on a dream of 7-7-09; Image by Roswila]

July 9, 2009

my lover tells me
to take the call from his mistress
I feel obligated

[dreamku on a dream of 7/8/09; Image: "Off Our Backs" by Roswila]

July 10, 2009


picked as I’m unknown
President Obama leads
me on a house tour
he says as we start: a thing
in each home gives it spirit

I listen to learn
what object here is special
we head for the roof

as he prepares
for a swim I realize
and quickly state: it’s
living things that give each home
its unique spirit

[two dream tanka, with a dreamku between, on a dream of 7-9-09; one of those dreams that seemed profound in the dreaming and not so much on recalling it. :-D Image by Roswila]

July 11, 2009

he slides his hand
gently across my belly
even softer retreat

[dreamku on a dream of 7-8-09; Image by Roswila]

July 12, 2009

I hide the small
albino worm under my bed
a bigger one stirs

[dreamku on a dream of 4/3/08; worms are one of my visceral dislikes and although an old dream/ku it does carry some current relevance; Image: "Wormhole to Another Galaxy" by Roswila]

July 13, 2009


she demonstrates how
to use the camouflaged locks
soap opera lawyer

soap opera couple
in the show they leave town
to work as spies

[dreamku on a dream of 4/25/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image: by Roswila]

July 14, 2009

I fly sans plane
and muse about being late
temporary job

{dreamku on a dream of 6/27/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image "Wings" by Roswila]

July 15, 2009


we see them fishing
at the turbulent surf’s edge
wading into the froth
I watch her black and white
kestrel dive for a small fish

larger fish
glide darkly through the water
the goal of the hooks

the strong undertow
yanks at my ankles
should I back off

I still want to fish
but am pulled way out to sea
fear of drowning

[dream tanka & 3 dreamku on a dream of 7-14-09; Image by Roswila]

July 16, 2009

arrogance or fear
she assigns the young man
to a child's bunk bed

[dreamku on a dream of 11/08/07; old dream/ku with current relevance; Image: "Holding Up the Sky" by Roswila]

July 17, 2009


I keep using
a strong stare to back him off
dark haired young man

he escalates
our confrontation
friends hold their breaths

get out! get out!
my voice shrill as I yell
again and again

he backs off at last
it was just my struggle
for breathing space

[dreamku series on a dream of 7-16-09; Image by Roswila]

July 18, 2009

food list touting sex as
a woman's cure all

[dreamku on a dream of 3/18/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image "Marzipan Dreaming" by Roswila]

July 19, 2009


I can't even see
the road in this dark wood
she says I will

it's touch and go
I kill the attacking rat
she says I shouldn't

[two dreamku on a dream of 4/24/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image: by Roswila]

July 20, 2009


food binge urge
I recall I can borrow
from petty cash

to end the call I
have to squash the damp sandwich
no off-switch

[two dreamku on a dream of 3/06/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image: "Up A Tree" by Roswila]

July 21, 2009


Kid's Shoes on Sale
some adult sizes mixed in
but none I like

a woman finds sandals
but they're a size too small
what did she expect

[two dreamku on a dream of 4/2/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image by Roswila]

July 22, 2009


a father I know
throws his baby like a rag doll
this must be OK

my friend, the mother,
leaves the baby in a tin
can he breathe in there

the baby speaks
from inside the sealed tin can
happy precocity

[dreamku series on a dream of 7-22-09; Image by Roswila]

July 23, 2009


we get in the line
for the new year’s concert
city sidewalk

folk in front of us
are only heads and shoulders
they move on wheeled pallets

no one
finds this notable
amused dream “I’

[dreamku series on a dream of 7-22-09; Image: “Showgirls” by Roswila]

July 24, 2009

a friend’s mother
acts like a Dutch Uncle
my brooding silence

[dreamku on a dream of 4/2/08; old dream/ku, current relevance; Image: "Subrosa" by Roswila]

July 25, 2009


a huge slab of rock
thrusts from the mountainside
sunburnt shelf

it starts to melt
hot boulders drip off
toward our town below

I point at them
in agitated silence
am I Henny Penny

[dreamku series on a dream of 7-24-2009; Image “Orange Crush” by Roswila]

July 26, 2009


white see-through dress
once used as my wedding gown
she’s scandalized

I start sewing
what would she think of this
sexy fuchsia dress

[two dreamku on a dream of 7-25-09; Image by Roswila]

July 27, 2009


the actor claims it’s
who he portrays that I love
what does this matter

I can’t get him
into a sexual clinch
it was worth a shot

[dreamku pair on a dream of 7-25-09; Image by Roswila]

July 28, 2009


exploring my large
new apartment share alone
knock at the entrance

the door is ajar
I yank quicky to lock it
who’s there I demand

no answer
I relax and head for
the airy bathroom

the slatted ceiling
lets in clear daylight
can neighbors see in

the person who’d knocked
appears out of nowhere
who are you I yell

she doesn’t answer
I say tell me who you are
or I’ll call the cops

Annabeth she says
Annabeth Kleini she says
I’m mollified

[dreamku series on a dream of 7-25-09; Image by Roswila]

July 29, 2009

dead cell phone
what did I do
that turned it off

[dreamku on a dream of 5/28/08; old dream/ku with current relevance; Image by Roswila]

July 30, 2009

by summer morning
he was only a dream

[dreamku on a years old dream with current relevance; Image by Roswila]

July 31, 2009

Tiger Tide Bus ride
at the exit stairs my small
dog curls on my chest

[dreamku on a dream of 7-25-09; Image by Roswila]

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‘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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