Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Sunday, July 08, 2012

SCRIPTORIUM (photo) & METAPHOR ON METAPHOR (dream tanka pair) by Roswila


“Writing love letters
in the sand” sings out each time
I wake, erasing
as surely as a wave the
current dream inscription

somehow, though, I know
no love letters have been lost
beneath consciousness
just more lonely scribbling
trying to pin down the tides

[two tanka on a night’s forgotten dreams, 6-28-12. Here’s a link to the full lyrics for Love Letters in the Sand. As I always do, the night of these lost dreams I woke up several times to move because my arthritic joints hurt. But that night each time I woke instead of going over what I’d been dreaming, I was singing these lines in my mind and immediately lost recall of any dream(s). When I got up in the morning with the song still stuck on replay in my mind, I realized what a pointed metaphor it is for dreaming. This may have been, at least in part, some slant day residue. I’d just finished a (mostly) intriguing book on metaphor, “I Is An Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We see the World” by James Geary. A last note: the song lyrics and memories of the years it evokes, also have had personal meaning to me, just like a dream. Photo “Scriptorium” 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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