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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND (photo) & SHILOH'S STILL IN TROUBLE (3 part dreamku) by Roswila



the shelves clearly need
a better lighting system
we empty them all
and start hanging large silver
halogen lamps off the sides

is this overkill will they even fit


the tires on the right side
of his car don’t have enough air
making the car lurch
no one seems to care
or even notice until I speak
out fearful we’ll flip over

his son takes over
driving but how’s this
supposed to help?
we’re riding the road edge and there’s
still not enough air in those tires


she’s behind me as
I walk to the garbage can at
the courtyard’s center
“Only one small can for all
of us,” I grumble, filling it

she agrees, adding
that the new owner of our
building complex might not be
any better than the old one,
that Shiloh’s still in trouble

[dreamku series on three different dreams of 3-20-12. *Shiloh -- On recalling that name from the dream I only remembered it was a terrible battle in our Civil War, which seems appropriate given how I’ve been feeling for so long. But on googling I discovered Shiloh was also a successful Ozark community back in the late 1800's, that became Springdale. And the name itself is said to mean “peaceful, tranquil.” So maybe the “new owner” will ultimately do better. Photo "Windmills of Your Mind" 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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