Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

CENTRICAL (photo) & FORENSIC NEXUS (dreamku series) by Roswila



each bite into the flesh
of her arms hands face by his teeth
leaves a sickle-shaped wound
her blood so copious and dark
that they can barely be seen

her rescuers aghast
at her ripped flesh still refuse to
see this as an attack
especially once she tells them
who the perpetrator is

On The Road

they stumble across
the truck in which her wounded body
and the biter’s were buried
they don’t even examine
where this old evidence points

instead they start shoving
the retro-fitted ice cream truck
with bodies on board
off the highway overpass –
pushing it towards oblivion

as they do they warn
the still breathing boy with the teeth
to jump out of it
if he wants to avoid
a plummet to the tarmac

The Epilogue

I know this place too well
all the roads around my childhood
home still converge here

the crescent moon scars
on my arms hands face pull tight
I sigh and turn away

[dreamku series on a dream of 3-23-12. The setting of this dream was the actual place where various streets, a boulevard, a service road with over-passes, and two main highways all converged/crossed around the housing complex I lived in between 8 and 12 years old. This dream is another example of what in my dream world I’ve begun calling the hyperbole of a nightmare. That is, the images are overly dramatic, but the emotions beneath them are not. In fact, the drama of my nightmares seem to be there precisely to call my attention to the underlying emotions. As if that is the only way my psyche can get me to pay attention. And I had not been paying attention in my waking life when I had this dream. Understandably, as I thought what was going on was good for me. On a rather surface level it was. But not deeper where I really live. Note on nightmares: As I've commented before many of the dreams I post here some folk call nightmares, but I do not. I only call a nightmare a dream from which I find myself struggling to wake up because it's so intolerable. And it's a rare dream in which that happens. In the above dream I struggled to reject the "Prologue" section, after that it was a "regular" dream. Photo “Centrical” 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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