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Saturday, February 25, 2012

IT'S A LONG STORY (photo) & "DEJA VU, ALL OVER AGAIN" (dreamku) by Roswila


he’s teaching someone
how to play the didjeridu
anxious to impress
I start playing one of my own though
the mouthpiece is way too big

the drone I produce
wavers thinly but at least
it doesn’t break
for a good long time, showing
I know how to circular breathe

he’s unimpressed ...
my didj’s mouthpiece radiates
heat, as if blushing

[two tanka and a dreamku on a dream of 2-22-12. The title is one of the many unintentionally funny statements made by the baseball great Yogi Berra. For more information on the didjeridu wind instrument (more commonly spelled “didjeridoo”) you can read my old post about my experiences learning to play it and collecting several here. (Briefly put, a didj is an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument made usually from a branch -- sometimes small trunk -- of a eucalyptus tree.) In the post, I also explain about circular breathing (a breathing method used to produce an uninterrupted sound in some types of wind instruments), which I did eventually learn. I’ve been having the occasional didj dream very similar to this one for years. I’d rather let this dream/ku speak for itself, but I will say I’ve finally heard the underlying message. However, what I will share now is that I also hear the advice it’s offering: Breathe, Patricia, breathe. Photo “It’s A Long Story” 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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