Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Sunday, June 16, 2013

OUT OF THE VOID (photo), & ON LION WASHING & SPARKLE (dreamku series) by Roswila


"Oh my heavens!"
I gush, "I had the same theme
in my dream last night" --
the handsome star's not intrigued
but I go on anyway:

"I was told to wash
the lion's head in sea water,
that salt would heal it"

his wife interrupts
pointing out the endless array
of flora in the park
I realize I've been over-
looking this abundance

I walk to a small
wood bridge and gaze downstream
she comes up behind
asking if I like all this
pre-planned manicuring

blushing, I admit
that I do, how I even find
joy in a houseplant
"It's the smell of nurturing earth
and the sight of life unfurling"

silently adding:
all of it buds from mystery
asparkle with maybes

[several tanka with two dreamku on a dream of 6-14-13. Photo "Out of the Void" by Roswila. But it's no mystery that today is Father's Day, my best wishes to all Dad's. With special gratitude to my own father who taught me about a certain creative bent of mind just by watching him.]

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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