Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

CHOICES (photo) & TAKING STEPS (two dreamku series) by Roswila)

(two dreamku, two months apart)


she carries her shoes
through the huge airy mall
a strangeness stalks her
first a cloud, then vaguely feline,
it settles on being a man

his anger at her
very nearly palpable as
they walk up wide stairs
it’s clear ignoring him won’t work
she rounds on him irately

yelling wordlessly
in his ear she gestures with her
ill-fitting shoes
he says almost gleefully
“So now I’ll be deaf on that side”

shaft of skylight sun she turns back to barefoot climbing

[three tanka and a monoku on a dream of 10-15-11]


her foot catches
in a gap between the top
floorboard and the wall
she tumbles back down the stairs
grasping after the handrail

she comes to rest
head down, on her back, two steps
from the bottom
draped on the carpeted stairs
she wishes she could simply nap

her breath steadies whom to tell of this hidden danger

[two tanka and a monoku on a dream of 12-31-11]

Photo “Choices” by Roswila. HAPPY NEW YEAR! As I did some writing last night I realized my personal theme for this new year is “Choice."

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 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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