Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE MADDING CROWD (photo) & THE FAT MAN (dreamku series) by Roswila


he’s the long standing
bane of her existence
this mean bald fat man

why does he follow
her from job to job, waiting
to threaten and make
surreptitious fun of her
in the rush hour crowds

anger takes over
and she stops trying to
understand why
she rounds on him yanking him
totally off balance

he crashes down
the victory turns to ashes
in her mouth
she's certain he’ll persist
and escalate his stalking

fighting a tide of nausea she knows:
it’s not over ‘til the fat man dies

[a dreamku and three tanka capped by a two-liner, on a dream of 12-19-12. I actually thought that last line as I was dreaming, though not as a line for a dreamku but as a verbalization of the feeling. And as I did, I caught that it’s framed like the expression “It’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings.” I’ll only add I had this dream very early in the evening. Subsequent dreams got less and less agonized. I think recall of those other dreams got largely rubbed out by the intensity of this first one. The last vague recall I have is of a light discussion with two other women about each of us trying out totally new hairstyles. This in itself is interesting, as I usually associate hair to thoughts. And this makes the fat man's baldness all the more pointed (i.e, the issue being thoughtlessness, mine or anyone else's). Photo “The Madding Crowd” 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 TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.


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