Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

INVASION (photo) & FISTS FULL OF MAYBES (dreamku series) by Roswila

(a science fiction dream)


as if crucified,
she hangs from a rod through the
flesh of her shoulders
and back, her skin pasty white
from constant blood loss

alien baby
after alien baby
falls from her worn-out womb
the reptilian invaders
having forced their seed upon her


the window sill of the
children’s library, usually
crowded with whispering kids,
fills silently with pale white
worm-like aliens

they writhe, awaiting
the children’s arrival,
and plan their attack


a pitiful few
humans escape the invaders
and head for the hills,
for the rare patches of wild
left on the abused Earth

maybe, if they live ...
maybe, if the aliens fail to survive ...
maybe then their
people can come out of hiding
to repopulate Gaia

with fists full of maybes
the last humans disappear
into the wilderness,
their only nourishment
their determined hearts

[dreamku series in three parts on only a portion of the first and very lengthy dream of 2-13-12. I may write on the rest of this dream, as well as on the other two subsequent dreams of the same night. The rest of this dream and next two dreams got progressively more personal and less dramatic. As if things were being owned up to and somewhat worked through. Photo "Invasion" by Roswila]

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, I mostly use the term "dreamku" to distinguish what I do from those traditional forms. Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION than follows below, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the basic (most haiku-like) dreamku form.

Also, 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.

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 in the sidebar.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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At 11:52 AM , Blogger Saj said...

Wow. What an amazing photo and dream poem. The photo is perfect for that poem. They're both a little sci-fi and scary. I appreciate your sharing such unusual imagery and language; kind of jars me awake.

At 12:56 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Thanks for your comment. This is the sort of dream/post about which I am very tempted to go into a lengthy explanation. But I'm sticking to my recent resolve to let my photos and dreamku speak for themselves, as they will and to whom they will. So I'm even more tickled these two spoke to you in some way. I will only re-emphasize what I said in my comment to this post. That the rest of this novella-length dream (:-D) and the two subsequent dreams of that night, got less dramatic and more personal. As I often find with a night's dream series, something was being worked out.


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