Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

PRAISE SONG (photo) & EMPTY (dreamku series) by Roswila


“You light up my life…”
I laugh as I recall I’d heard
this song in my dreams

it’s a sardonic
laugh, especially given
the sentimental
lyrics that trailed right after:
“…you give me hope to carry on”

just who invaded
the echoing attic of my
sleeping mind last night,
stashing songs like chachkis
for a future garage sale

and just why did they
bring up that retro theme song
“…a man called Zorro” –
foxy my foot! more like a fox
casing an empty hen house

[a dreamku with three tanka on a dream of 3-11-13. Full lyrics to “You Light Up My Life.” Chachkis is a common spelling of the Yiddish word tzotchkes, which means a bunch of bric-a-brac, novelty items, stuffed animals, vases, any sort of over the top ornament, etc. (It can also be plural without the “s,” or at least I’ve seen it used that way.) And zorro is the Spanish word for fox. There’s an old T.V. show about Zorro on a retro-T.V. station here, and it was that theme song I heard in the dream. Photo “Praise Song” 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:

-- very brief comparison of dreamku and haiku: DREAMKU ARE NOT HAIKU

-- 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 short 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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