ALL THAT GLITTERS (photo) & GOLDEN (dream tanka) by Roswila
he gives our patient
a non-prescription medicine
a golden elixir
for his intractable cough
I agree silence is wise
[dream tanka on a dream from early January 2009. No decent dream recall from last night, so I'm posting this previously unposted, really old dream tanka that tugs at me. My immediate association to this dream now (and back then) is to the expression "silence is golden." Which certainly fits how I've been telling myself recently, and often too late, not to say anything. Also, back when I had the dream I googled "golden elixir" out of curiosity and got this: "Human beings receive this Golden Elixir from Heaven ... Golden Elixir is another name for one's fundamental nature, formed out of primeval inchoateness. There is no other Golden Elixir outside one's fundamental nature. Every human being has this Golden Elixir complete in himself: it is entirely realized in everybody. It is neither more in a sage, nor less in an ordinary person. It is the seed of Immortals and Buddhas, and the root of worthies and sages. Liu Yiming, Wuzhen zhizhi, chapter 1, Chinese Alchemy." Much to chew over, I'd say; or to be consistent with the dream's image, a lot to swallow. Photo "All That Glitters" by Roswila]
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.
‘til next time, keep dreaming,
[aka: Patricia Kelly]
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