Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

ON COSTUMES AND CLOAKS (dreamku series with photo by Roswila)


the wharf’s wooden planks
warm my bare feet as I walk
Halloween’s coming
what simple costume can I make
maybe Lady Godiva

my chuckle becomes
a gasp as I reach wharf’s end
and see the harbor
my house is under water
flooded along with others

... and oh no, please no!
where’s my roommate and her young son
not down there I pray

I go from person
to person seeking news
panic held at bay
no one knows more than I do;
where can I go from here

first things first, I think,
buy a pair of cheap flip-flops
to tide me over

who knows how long
if ever for this flood
to fully recede
I watch sunlight whet designs
on the cloaking sea

[four tanka and two dreamku on a dream of 10-23-11. PLEASE NOTE: I'm not happy with limiting myself to a weekly posting here. Neither am I happy with committing to a daily one. So, I'm going to try posting when I feel like it, which when I think on it is the obvious choice. :-D Especially as I've been writing regular (non-dream based) poems, too, that I'd like to share here. In any case, I chose this dreamku series to post today because of the Halloween reference. Photo "Tempering the Blade" by Roswila]

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 or non-dream based 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 (i.e. dream based poems) 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 when writing about my dreams? 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 (and with any non-dream based poems I post here, as well).

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. As I no longer post dreamku (or non-dream based poems) strictly daily, each post will appear below and then in the archives by the day on which it was 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.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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