Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

SEE ALSO: TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (photos, realistic to abstract)

Sunday, October 23, 2011



to let go of this:
first, stew it in the cauldron
of your mind’s hot eye
second, stir it briefly with
your agonizing thoughts

third, simply stop short
no matter how hard and painful
(no thoughts, just do it)
and pour this sticky concoction
into the darkling underside

if perchance this stew
reduces to clarity
it will shimmer through
another surprising blessing
if not, it’s compost for your soul

[three tanka on a dream of 10-20-11. Image “Rag and Bone Shop” by Roswila (title words for photo taken from the Poem “The Circus Animal’s Desertion” by Yeats).

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]

**** 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; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT; and OPENING TO THE LIGHT ****


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