Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Sunday, October 16, 2011


(Photo: "Music at Sunset" by Roswila)

(two separate dreamku series on dreams from two different nights)


“What’s been deleted”
she asks crankily
“from this lengthy list,
I need to see what’s not going
to ever appear again.”

revealed in response,
an emerging phoenix –
she comprehends, then
finds seeing other deletions
no longer so desirable

it’s enough to know:
this one repeated burning hurt
will not be born again

[two tanka and a dreamku on a dream of 10-13-11]

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echoing up three
flights of stairs under sunset
bamboo flute music

I yearn to join their
impromptu gathering
playing softly along
but I dare not attempt to
navigate the steep stairs

listening will suffice
night and notes fall lightly
wistful fairy dust

[a dreamku, tanka, and dreamku on a dream of 10-12-11]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that the photo accompanying a daily dream poem is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the dream verse -- similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku). I've also recently realized that although the dreamku posted here tend not to have metaphor or simile, the accompanying photos almost always act as such. And to write a metaphor or simile into a dream scenario is something I rarely do. It can be confusing: did it really look like a hand, say, in the dream, or am I just being poetic to make my conscious point? As these dreamku act as a dream journal, my over-riding tendency is to try to stay close to the actual dream scenario itself. Admittedly making for less "poetic" dreamku. Then why pay attention to any haiku, tanka, or monoku parameters at all? Because I find in even attempting to adhere to them I'm making choices that relieve my dream recall of a great deal of chatter so that I can get down to some important dream aspects. Here's a link to THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU & ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS in which I go into some of the basic parameters for dreamku and the photos chosen to go with them.

If you comment about a specific dreamku, tanka, monoku, series or photo please identify it somehow in your comment or email, as this post changes weekly and I sometimes can't tell what is being referred to. Thanks!

The archives in the sidebar hold years of the daily dreamku, tanka, monoku and photo posts I've made, grouped in one post by month. The weekly posts I'm now making appear below and then in the archives by the day on which they were posted.

There are many other sorts of posts here, not all dream-based. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non-dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers than myself), 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.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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At 9:11 AM , Blogger Alao said...

Your Idea's about writing dreams down in Haiku form is simple yet revolutionary. I found your post because I had a Buddhist dream and found your post on The World Dream Bank.

At 11:05 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Alao,

I'm delighted you visited. Isn't The World Dream Bank a treasure?

Although I'd love to take credit for the idea of writing dreams down in haiku, it's not really a new idea. E.g., the classic Japanese writers who developed the haiku form centuries ago sometimes wrote about dreams in haiku.

I also have to add that the form I use here, dreamku, is not fully haiku. It's more like haiku's kissing cousin. If you'd like to know more about how it is both like and different from haiku, there are links in the INTRODUCTION here to my three part DREAMKU PRIMER. Or for a shorter exploration, try my THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU AND ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS.

Again, thanks for stopping by. I must get over to The World Dream Bank. I'm sure he's added a whole lot of wonderful dream data since I last visited.

At 3:44 PM , Blogger jorgewiurnos said...

It is wonderful!!!

At 12:41 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jorge.

I wish I spoke your language, as your "reflexiones" looks very interesting. All that wonderful art. And I am able at least to gather your blog may have a psychological bent, which I'm sure I'd also find intriguing.

At 2:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time I comment on your site, but I've been keeping up with your work for about a few months. I admire the passion with which you write the articles and dream that someday I can do the same. Love

At 12:16 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Well, Anonymous, thanks for commenting. It's always so good to see that folk are actually occasionally reading this endless posting about the "navel gazing" that I do. :-)

The way to manifesting a dream about writing? May I encourage you to write about it?


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