Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Sunday, January 29, 2012



the aliens’ eyes
shine a gelid pale gold
their limbs, pseudopods

why did my family
trick me onto this spaceship
with cavernous halls
and why this email from Mother
that there’s nothing wrong at all

[a dreamku and a tanka on a dream of 7-11-11]

This week's prompt at "One Single Impression" is: WRONG. I haven't been taking on the delightful weekly prompt challenge from "One Single Impression" for quite some time. Therefore, I thought it was high time to do so. If you'd like to -- and I highly recommend that you do -- see other participants' creative and stimulating responses, just click here.

Both the poem and the photo above are by myself, Roswila (a/k/a Patricia Kelly). BTW, the vast majority of my writing is based on dreams, and I've become consumed with taking (and often fancifully editing) digital photos in the time since I last enjoyed regular participation in "One Single Impression."

PLEASE NOTE that I never have nor do I now lay claim to having been the first to suggest writing about our dreams in the haiku form. In fact, the haijin (Haiku Masters of centuries ago) sometimes wrote haiku on dreams. But even more importantly, what I have been developing for several years now on this blog is not even truly haiku or tanka or monoku. The ways in which I have been using and experimenting with these forms makes the results more akin to kissing cousins of these small Eastern poetry forms. Therefore, the term I mostly use of "dreamku" to distinguish what I do from those traditional forms.

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 a tendency to 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.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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At 9:15 PM , Blogger Harshad mehta said...

A beautiful picture.

Well, I too email my daughter often saying nothing is wrong and she just needs to see the bigger picture!

Just different point of views, I suppose!

At 10:20 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Exactly what I felt the dream was telling me. :-)

I had fun changing the colors of the photo and it looks just like a tentacled alien to me. So goes right with the little dream poem.

At 6:03 PM , Blogger The Write Girl said...

I find it fascinating that you write poetry based on your dreams. I usually cannot remember mine. You capture the essence of being alien very nicely.

At 10:39 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Thanks for visiting. Glad you enjoyed the "space trip." :-)

At 3:25 PM , Blogger Patti said...

What a cool post- both pic and poem! I enjoyed reading your explanation of the dreamku. I had never heard of that and am now glad I did- I may do a little experimenting and delving of my own... thank you!

At 6:10 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Patti,

Thanks, from someone who was a Patty in her long ago childhood :-D, for visiting. I'd love to hear how your own experimenting with dreamku goes. Love that pic with your comment; puts me in mind of the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.


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