Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Monday, January 16, 2012

THE UNBUILT TEMPLE (dreamku & a photo by Roswila)


our teacher gives us
each a painting of our own myth,
our unique story,
the promise we embody
more and more fully

mine spreads before me
the sight stunning all breath
from my body:
on a mountain road thousands
make pilgrimage upward

two small boxed gifts left
behind in the far lower right
of this living view
one clearly labeled romance
the other, wealth

through the painting’s twilight
I see many pilgrims carry lit
torches up the path
no one soul owning a light but
passing it on to another

so many pilgrims
pack this purposeful path
they sway as if one
beneath mountains silhouetted
in sunlight’s fading edges

these souls, unknowing,
complete the very temple
they seek together,
the unbuilt temple shining
from every brush stroke

[six tanka on a dream of 1-15-12. Photo “Stairway to the Moon” 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 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]

**** 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 ****


At 6:28 PM , Anonymous Anne Higgins said...

Thank you for this blog, which I came upon a few weeks ago and decided to follow. I really appreciated this latest poem/photo/narrative about dream poetry. I am going to try to write some.

Best wishes from Anne

At 10:03 AM , Anonymous Roswila (a/k/a Patricia Kelly) said...

You're most welcome, Anne. I very briefly visited your blog and will be putting up a link to it soon.

It would be lovely to know (and see?) how writing dream poems and/or dreamku goes for you. :-) I've found how I'm writing about and presenting my dreams keeps evolving.

Thanks for stopping by!


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