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

Thursday, December 13, 2012

BY THE FIRE'S GLOW (photo) & GETTING HOSED (dreamku series) by Roswila


silhouetted against
a road's distant lights:
a man in a hat --
he sneaks up through the bushes
by the window she looks out

he quickly tosses
a bit of flame at the dry leaves
and is gone before she's
even fully formed her thoughts
around this danger

her new friend, he'll know!
she remembers the green hose --
yelling out to her
compadre for his sage advice
she makes a mad dash out back

not waiting for him
to show up she grabs the hose
is it long enough?

snaked across the grass
the hose pulls tight but holds
as water gushes ...
oy! her new friend's opened
the windows wide from inside

her amateur aim
immediately douses
the flaming bushes
along with the cottage's
carefully chosen furnishings

so? what's a little
water damage -- the cottage still
stands whole in the night

[old dreamku series on a dream of 12-7-11. No viable dream recall last night. Just fragments about tiny people dancing for a YouTube video, and an accidental object lesson on how to make papier mache. I’ve never been sure about this one from my draft folder, neither the dream nor the writing. But it caught my eye, given the hose image in the dreamku ("All Wet") posted here on December 11th. Both dream/kus have the idea of emotional intensity at their core, if from different situations/sources and with different (pardon the pun) aims. Photo "By the Fire's Glow" 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.

Further, haiku afficianado and translator David Gerard said in a recent post: “One of the most important aspects of haiku is that much is left ambiguous, unspoken, undefined. Ludmila Balabanova writes, ‘Haiku isn't a perception shared by the author, but an invitation to the reader to achieve his own enlightenment.’” To that I add that the same might be said of all the dreamku, and dream-based tanka, two-liners, and monoku on this blog.

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 TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.


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