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Thursday, May 30, 2013

DANCE CLASS (photo) & SURPRISES (mixed dreamku series) Roswila


although I'm involved in the preparations
it's to be my surprise birthday party

they ask me to make
phone calls to remind folk
of arrival time
one small surprise is how awkward
my friends seem to be on the phone

then a big surprise
comes when I readily strip
nude like everyone
it's not the most relaxed way
for me to party but I cope

a Capoeira*
class gets quickly organized
and as quickly taught
the men gather on the dance floor
for an end-of-class contest:

"Who's Learned the Most" -- I don't hesitate to join them

I love the strident
drum beats and do my best faux
Capoeira moves
few of the men focus enough
but some seen rather good

the biggest surprise
wanders slowly among us:
a female judge,
I'd not known women ever
became expert in this form

the winner's announced
and to my inexpert eye
appears well chosen
there's a second place winner
but he's out of the room

another man
says he'll accept the award
on his behalf
the judge says, "No, we'll just wait,
he'll return to the party,

there's a time for everything,
and now's the time to wait"

[a mix of tanka, one two liner, and a monoku on a dream of 5-29-13. *Capoeira = Brazilian in origins, it combines elements of martial arts, dance, and music. Wikipedia says it incorporates a lot of sweeping leg movements, which got my attention given my legs are what I most need to strengthen. (Using the staircase these weeks that our elevator's been out is a good beginning, arthritis and all.) There's a lot more in this dream but I'll leave it at the suggestion I hear that it might be good to start attending our Pilates classes again. Though not right now. As the dream says at the end I need to wait a bit. Photo "Dance Class" 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 relate to 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.

Also please note that a dreamku is not intended as an interpretation of a dream, or even a complete and accurate rendering of one. A dreamku is my attempt to get down dream imagery/action that grabs me and, as I write about it, elicits my conscious written association and response. Nor do I believe that one has to remember dreams in order for them to do their work. In my understanding, we are much more than our conscious selves.

You may also note in any further reading on dreamku you may do, that in the beginning I stressed "showing, not telling." However, that has been changing for some time now. I now tend to "show" (the dream narrative) and cap if off with a "tell" (some reaction and/or insight I've had to the dream as I was writing about it).

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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