Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"danger pursues us..." A DREAMKU WITH PHOTO by Roswila

danger pursues us
my male companion helps our
wounded friend walk
he must go faster, I think,
they’ll catch up any minute

my cold bare feet burn
will the weight of pain and fear
bend this hollow space
so that shoes and socks roll
into a handy orbit

[two tanka on a dream of 11-2-11. What a goof ball of a dream. There was a definite sense of fear and intense urgency, but when I woke all I could do was laugh. The dreamku is so clearly heavily influenced by a PBS program I watched last night, “What Is Space?” I.e., the physics of empty space, which it is being said though "not there" still has foundational effects on everything in it. From galaxies to the stuff bubbling into and out of constant existence in the huge spaces between atoms. An aside here: I nearly fell off my recliner (just try to do that!) when that bubbling image was spoken of in the program. I’d had exactly the same image spontaneously just before sleep the other night, when wondering about origins of matter and life, etc. Anyway, empty space is said to have properties. Like gravity. I’d read of this before but the show refreshed it. Heavy stuff bends empty space (like a big ball on a rubber sheet) and any smaller stuff around then rolls into orbit around that heavier stuff. The obvious source of the final image in the above dreamku. Speed of light stuff undergirds that first tanka. This is so hard to think much less talk about and just when I believe I have it down, I trip over something else about it flapping around loose. No wonder I turn to poetry, awake or asleep. The program set off tons of other speculation about many different things. I had to rein in my imagination so that my poor belabored intellect could keep trying to get a grip on new and even more slippery concepts. Photo "Black Hole" 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 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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