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Friday, August 16, 2013

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND (photo) & AT OCEAN'S EDGE (concrete dream poem) by Roswila


the adolescent girl says
that we'd made a ring on my
previous visit here while she talks
it appears on my right hand manifesting
layer by layer it's cut from paper that's shot
through with iridescent colors lovely by any
standards but rather more fragile than one might
wish this slim blonde soon-to-be woman seems very
sweet and gullible wanting only to reconnect with me
sadly I don't remember her or the ring but there's
something familiar in them both then I recall I'd
volunteered with a Girl Scout troupe that
summer not her camp group another
ring created with the scouts
suddenly appears
on my left hand sturdier
but similar in its coloring when
the girl her counselor and friends realize
I'd been with the Girl Scouts they're obscurely
scandalized and turn away their ring on my right
hand disappears as if it had never been and I can no
longer find the sturdy ring that so briefly graced
my left now how do I spend the rest of this
time at ocean's edge when I'm not feeling
even vaguely welcome watch the
endless Academy Awards
from the beach lost
among the mesmerized and
adoring crowd I don't think so
I came to this place just for the ocean
I suppose I'll have to tolerate the hordes of
celebrity fans as I wend my way through
and around them until I find a quiet
perch at the edge of the endless
sea past the fickle reach
of any ring

[free verse dream poem on a dream of 8-14-13. What can I say? I got caught up in the various rings and repetitions I saw in this dream. When a poem's shape echoes its content it's called concrete poetry. Which I find a little amusing given this "concrete" poem is about an ephemeral dream. (If the triple round shape of this poem has scattered uneven line fragments disrupting it, try viewing it with text size medium or small.) Photo "What Goes Around Comes Around" 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 connections & other blogs: Charter Member of the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS); ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT; and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.


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