Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

Dreamku/Tanka/Monoku with Digital Photos/Art; Other Poetry; more...

~ * "Wisdom begins in wonder." Socrates ~ *

SEE ALSO: ROSWILA'S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL (with The Found Tarot) and ROSWILA'S TAIGA TAROT (deck-in-progress) and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (Roswila's photos, from realism to abstract)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

RESPONSE TO "ONE SINGLE IMPRESSION" PROMPT of 1-29-12


LONG STRANGE TRIP

the aliens’ eyes
shine a gelid pale gold
their limbs, pseudopods

why did my family
trick me onto this spaceship
with cavernous halls
and why this email from Mother
that there’s nothing wrong at all


[a dreamku and a tanka on a dream of 7-11-11]

This week's prompt at "One Single Impression" is: WRONG. I haven't been taking on the delightful weekly prompt challenge from "One Single Impression" for quite some time. Therefore, I thought it was high time to do so. If you'd like to -- and I highly recommend that you do -- see other participants' creative and stimulating responses, just click here.

Both the poem and the photo above are by myself, Roswila (a/k/a Patricia Kelly). BTW, the vast majority of my writing is based on dreams, and I've become consumed with taking (and often fancifully editing) digital photos in the time since I last enjoyed regular participation in "One Single Impression."

PLEASE NOTE that I never have nor do I now lay claim to having been the first to suggest writing about our dreams in the haiku form. In fact, the haijin (Haiku Masters of centuries ago) sometimes wrote haiku on dreams. But even more importantly, what I have been developing for several years now on this blog is not even truly haiku or tanka or monoku. The ways in which I have been using and experimenting with these forms makes the results more akin to kissing cousins of these small Eastern poetry forms. Therefore, the term I mostly use of "dreamku" to distinguish what I do from those traditional forms.

Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Friday, January 27, 2012

CROSSROADS (photo) & THE FIELD OF NIGHT (dreamku) by Roswila


THE FIELD OF NIGHT

a field filled with staves
spreads far beyond her view
gathered in discrete
upright batches at least
as tall as she

she wanders through them
knocking over many
before she learns
the best way to squeeze between
their teepee like arrangements

this will not do!
she turns and bends to righting
those she’d toppled
close behind she senses another
bent to the same task

may this shadower be
more capable than she --
her own rebuilt piles
no where near as tall and strong
as they'd been before

she bends again to her work the broken field of night


[four tanka and a monoku on a dream of 12-24-11. Photo "Crossroads" by Roswila

PLEASE NOTE that I never have nor do I now lay claim to having been the first to suggest writing about our dreams in the haiku form. In fact, the haijin (Haiku Masters of centuries ago) sometimes wrote haiku on dreams. But even more importantly, what I have been developing for several years now on this blog is not even truly haiku or tanka or monoku. The ways in which I have been using and experimenting with these forms makes the results more akin to kissing cousins of these small Eastern poetry forms. Therefore, the term I mostly use of "dreamku" to distinguish what I do from those traditional forms.

Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WAITING FOR THE WIND (photo) & THE LEMNISCATE (dreamku) by Roswila


THE LEMNISCATE

the family camps
in a large countryside field
their tent formation
dotting the greening view
in a vague lemniscate

the left-hand loop formed
by a young boy and his mother
his father, only
recently returned, patiently
awaiting his son’s forgiveness

a forgiveness that
permeates the air like incense ...
I arrive in the
right-hand loop on my long
journey in search of healing

two American Indian
men step up to me as if
out of an old west
portrait, serious and gentle,
to hoist me on their shoulders

my fear vanishes
once balanced between them, and
awe rushes in, my
naked aging body blushing
faintly in the firelight


[five tanka on a dream of 1-24-12. Photo “Waiting for the Wind” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that I never have nor do I now lay claim to having been the first to suggest writing about our dreams in the haiku form. In fact, the haijin (Haiku Masters of centuries ago) sometimes wrote haiku on dreams. But even more importantly, what I have been developing for several years now on this blog is not even truly haiku or tanka or monoku. The ways in which I have been using and experimenting with these forms makes the results more akin to kissing cousins of these small Eastern poetry forms. Therefore, the term I mostly use of "dreamku" to distinguish what I do from those traditional forms.

Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Sunday, January 22, 2012

THE VIEW FROM BELOW (photo) & UNDER A WANING MOON (tanka series) by Roswila)


UNDER A WANING MOON

the apartment complex
calmly receives the night sky
we wander the grounds
enjoying the camaraderie
and feeling safe at last

but ‘twas ever thus:
our safety’s an illusion
dangled by the thin moon –
a man herds us underground
far from the bombs to come

“the deeper we go,
the better,” he proclaims,
following him through the dark
we run single file on the
narrow downward and rocky path

bringing up the rear
the slowest among us
a small long-haired woman,
is it the chilly air or fear
raising the hairs on her arms

a fear that cuts both
out of the past and into
the looming unknown,
like the barest slice of a
sickle moon before it's gone


-- five tanka on a dream of 1-21-12. Above photo "The View From Below" by Roswila. In honor of the Year of the Water Dragon
HAPPY
PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

INVOLUTION (non-dream poem, & photo by Roswila)


INVOLUTION

The red ball you chased across
the long green lawn of your youth
plunged each time off a cliff
and you blindly after it,
a heap of hieroglyphic bones.

They are knitted now, those bones.
Their fracture lines knotted
into finest filigree.

Their labyrinthine patterns
invade your dreams nightly,
tattoos breathing
on a sailor's impending chest.


[A non-dream based poem that's at least 30 years old; though not dream-based, it does bear witness to my interest in night dreams. Back in my New York city years when I was sharing this at poetry readings there was occasionally a discussion afterwards about "impending" modifying a sailor's chest in the last line. Back then, and many times since, I have reconsidered the use of impending. However, I just can't settle on another word that carries what I hear in this word, the feeling I'm trying to get across. I'd have to use many more words to say it any other way, and then it would become prosey. So I've let it stand all these years as a dream-like image in itself. However on posting this here today, I was a little tempted to get rid of the periods and capitals. But I've decided there's nothing wrong with a poem feeling a little "dated," which is how the periods and capitals effect me after all these years. Lastly, it's astounding to me how true this poem still is for me at that feeling/experiential level. In fact, how much truer it is than I ever imagined when I wrote it over 30 years ago. Of course, that green lawn I call youth has expanded to include a couple more decades of calamities. Photo by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

THE TAPESTRY (photo) & AWAITING THE HEIR (dreamku series) by Roswila)


AWAITING THE HEIR

the dark furred dog-wolf
insinuates itself
into the Estate grounds
sugar wouldn’t melt in its mouth
as it wanders and schemes

the dog-wolf’s target
will be arriving quite soon:
the Estate’s young heir

padding silently
to the front gate it’s followed
by a small white horse
they hide in bushes, the canine
blends in, the horse not so much

the horse-now-a-cat
more intrigued by the luggage
piled in the bushes
bats at a round white hat box
trying to hook it with its claws

just as it succeeds
a voice comes out of nowhere
saying “I...see...you...”
the cat spikes a four-point freak out
straight up into the air

it streaks off a white blur the bushes slowly settle


[a tanka, dreamku, three tanka, and a monoku on a dream of 1-17-12. Not very poetic but it sure was fun to write. As I’ve said before here, I really like how trying to stay within the various parameters of these small poetry forms helps winnow away considerable chaff from my dream recall. But what struck me even more while drafting this series was the issue of describing unusual things and events. Things and events that weren’t at all odd in the dream experience itself, but would be in waking life. Given that poetry -- including dream poetry -- is largely about experience, as opposed to understanding, I try to keep descriptive explanations brief. Otherwise the reader is dropped in and out of the feeling/ experiential tone of the dream/ poem. The first challenge here is that dog-wolf. To describe it even as much as that draws attention to it as “something strange.” A judgment that did not exist in the dream. But there’s nothing for it in this poem but to say it was a dog-wolf because that is what it was in the dream. Totally unremarkably so, but it was both. Second and bigger challenge is that horse-now-a-cat. It was clearly a small white horse at first. Then just as clearly, once in the bushes, a cat. No process of morphing one into the other. Just a horse there, a cat here; with no notice made in the dream that anything had changed. But to say anything more than “horse-now-a-cat” would draw way too much attention to this switch. A switch that went totally unnoticed in the dream itself. Of course, “bare bones” descriptions of strange dream contents like those I’ve chosen in this dreamku, may be no less confusing to a reader than lengthier ones. But at least a reader is immediately back in the dream scene, should they chose to continue reading. Hm, just trying to express this challenge that dreams present on occasion tells me about an underlying aim I’ve not been fully aware of when writing dreamku. More and more, it seems, I’m trying to get across at least some small portion of the dream as I well as I can recall experiencing it. With as little of my waking reactions or interpretations as possible. For me, there’s always been a complicated relationship between the dream content and the craft of writing. Between the dream feelings and experiences, and the requirements of the poetry forms and my own desire to seek meaning. Between the desire to simply “go with,” and the urge to shape and understand. I won’t even go into what happens when I seek metaphors as a way of getting across something about a dream experience. That’s like dreaming about a dream. Photo "Tapestry" by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Monday, January 16, 2012

THE UNBUILT TEMPLE (dreamku & a photo by Roswila)


THE UNBUILT TEMPLE

our teacher gives us
each a painting of our own myth,
our unique story,
the promise we embody
more and more fully

mine spreads before me
the sight stunning all breath
from my body:
on a mountain road thousands
make pilgrimage upward

two small boxed gifts left
behind in the far lower right
of this living view
one clearly labeled romance
the other, wealth

through the painting’s twilight
I see many pilgrims carry lit
torches up the path
no one soul owning a light but
passing it on to another

so many pilgrims
pack this purposeful path
they sway as if one
beneath mountains silhouetted
in sunlight’s fading edges

these souls, unknowing,
complete the very temple
they seek together,
the unbuilt temple shining
from every brush stroke


[six tanka on a dream of 1-15-12. Photo “Stairway to the Moon” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

THE FLOOD THIS TIME (a dreamku & photo by Roswila)


THE FLOOD THIS TIME

the flood this time
from the small backyard stream
covers a wide swath
a married man and I work
side by side shoveling out

we each express our
love of living by the water,
just knowing it’s there
feels healthy and comforting
despite the occasional flood

as I dig and clean
I describe the wall of water
as it fell downstream:
two stories tall and frothing
furiously like snarling mouths

“...but the sun feels good"
I add to my commentary,
“and there's peace in hard work" –
the man smiles, whether to himself
or in agreement I don’t know


[four tanka on a dream of 1-13-12. Photo “Breaching the Banks” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

EAT YOUR CARROTS, HONEY (photo) & BIG BABIES (dreamku)


BIG BABIES

nothing remarkable
the men’s pregnancies
develop apace
they expect all women’s help
and unquestioning support

as usual I’m
the only woman to rebel
ever hear of Self Help?


[a tanka and dreamku on a dream of 1-11-12. LOL! Clearly my own big baby got triggered by someone else’s (actually, several male someone elses). Photo “Eat Your Carrots, Honey” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Monday, January 09, 2012

LAST FIRE OF WINTER (photo) & EVEN THIS POISON (dreamku)


EVEN THIS POISON

she swallows poison
to kill the disease raging
through her hot body
a cure more deadly than
the destructive malady

all energy gone she
decides to curl up, right there
on her living room rug
her embrace of death more
gracious than of life

her embattled life
fought on all fronts at once
it’s time to give up

her hands and knees
barely reach the floor before
she realizes
“I need the bathroom, and now!”
laughter bubbles up

she rises like an
awkward and befuddled phoenix
from her would be grave
life’s imperative overcoming
even this poison


[two tanka, a dreamku, and two tanka on a dream of 1-8-12. Photo “Last Fire of Winter” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Sunday, January 08, 2012

ON THE EDGE (photo) & ABSTRACTED (dreamku) by Roswila)


ABSTRACTED

that which connects us
draws out thinner and thinner
an umbilicus
fed by my yearning and
refusal to let go

this abstracted cord
drapes across the years as
surely as an old
cable fallen from askew
and long abandoned poles

on my end puddles
of garish neon colors
flickering on and off –
on the other, a cooked egg
with a yolk of blue delftware

fully exposed
the yolk bares a convoluted
landscape of Holland
its tulips blooming only blue
against a crazed white sky


[four tanka on a dream of 1-7-12. Blue delftware is ceramic pottery made in the Netherlands; usually blue on white. I have clear childhood memories of being given various blue delft souvenirs – imitation, no doubt. Photo "On the Edge" by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Friday, January 06, 2012

WINTER DREAMING (photo) & GATHERING OF THE WEREWOLVES (dreamku) by Roswila)


GATHERING OF THE WEREWOLVES

we watch her fall
for an untrustworthy
charismatic male --
yet even for us the future’s
nature can’t truly be known

full moon light silvers our coats the womb of the dark


[a tanka and monoku on a dream of 1-5-12. Photo: “Winter Dreaming” by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Birthday Dreamku Post and photo by Roswila


coulda lived better
coulda lived a lot worse
life is in the "is"


[Re-posting of an old dreamku from March of 2008. Today's my 68th birthday and this old dreamku came to mind as being more true even than I realized back then. (Actually it's more an aphorism than a dreamku, but who's being picky? :-D) I also like it because it doesn't prod or question but simply accepts. One can go a lot of places with a life continually returning to the moment of "is." At least that's a recurring hope I have these days. Back to the dream: When I dreamed it in 2008, I was chanting those actual lines in my sleeping mind and may have been trying to write a song. The photo for today doesn't have any real relationship to this dreamku. Though I suppose if I sat with it long enough I'd find some thread connecting them. However, I'm not so inclined and am indulging myself by posting it anyway as I love to take and share pictures of this particular stand of canna leaves. (Oh, for a nickel for every time I've said that about these leaves, or something else that graces our grounds. :-D) This photo is called "Double Entendre."]

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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

Sunday, January 01, 2012

CHOICES (photo) & TAKING STEPS (two dreamku series) by Roswila)


TAKING STEPS
(two dreamku, two months apart)


CHOOSING

she carries her shoes
through the huge airy mall
a strangeness stalks her
first a cloud, then vaguely feline,
it settles on being a man

his anger at her
very nearly palpable as
they walk up wide stairs
it’s clear ignoring him won’t work
she rounds on him irately

yelling wordlessly
in his ear she gestures with her
ill-fitting shoes
he says almost gleefully
“So now I’ll be deaf on that side”

shaft of skylight sun she turns back to barefoot climbing


[three tanka and a monoku on a dream of 10-15-11]



THERE’S ALWAYS A CATCH

her foot catches
in a gap between the top
floorboard and the wall
she tumbles back down the stairs
grasping after the handrail

she comes to rest
head down, on her back, two steps
from the bottom
draped on the carpeted stairs
she wishes she could simply nap

her breath steadies whom to tell of this hidden danger


[two tanka and a monoku on a dream of 12-31-11]

Photo “Choices” by Roswila. HAPPY NEW YEAR! As I did some writing last night I realized my personal theme for this new year is “Choice."

PLEASE NOTE that in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, that 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. And 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, at the end of the sidebar.

Click here for a more in-depth INTRODUCTION, including links to my THREE PART PRIMER on the dreamku form.

* * * *

‘til next time, keep dreaming,






[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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