Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Friday, July 06, 2012

DARK MATTER RISING (photo) & BETTER (dreamku series)


don’t remember where
I’ve been and gone but know
it’s better than here

I’ve only a faint
picture (was that something small
slipping along)
in a mind flinching away
from full wakefulness

and yearning to return
to sleep, to slide shapelessly
into an unknown
universe, not this stale one
filled with the same edgy demands

don’t recall where I
wandered all through the night
only that it’s better

[dreamku series on a night of unremembered dreams, 6-26-12. By the way, where I live all through the night is always better than here (except for the extremely rare true nightmare). So much so, that recently I’m finding it harder and harder to get up and not go back to sleep. I sleep too much as it is. That line at the end, of course, reminded me of the lullaby by the same title. So I googled it just to see what the lyrics might add to my understanding of this dream/ku. The first hit was for a Cindi Lauper song by the same name that I don’t recall hearing. These lines really struck me:

All through the night
Stray cat is crying so stray cat sings back
All through the night
They have forgotten what by day they lack

Synchronistically, I received the following in a daily haiku email on the day I wrote the above dreamku and notes. It was written two centuries ago by the haiku master Issa –

stray cat
all the long night is this your job?
yowling nearby

Photo “Dark Matter Rising” by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS): The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, and monoku -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to understand or interpret any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not.

For more in-depth exploration:

-- a brief post about both dreamku and my photos THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU & ACCOMPANYING DIGITAL PHOTOS.

-- detailed three-part post about dreamku: "A DREAMKU PRIMER: Writing Haiku-Like Poems About Your Night Dreams": PART ONE: Introduction & Writing Dreamku as Dream Work; PART TWO: Elements of the Haiku Form Used in Dreamku; and PART THREE: How to Write Dreamku (the second and third parts have some overlap).

-- a brief up-dating post about the three-part "A DREAMKU PRIMER" -- Important Up-date to A DREAMKU PRIMER....".

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's other blogs: ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT; and OPENING TO THE LIGHT.


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