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Sunday, September 15, 2013

FALL CANVASS (photo) & WILD HUNT (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


my new woman friend's
long hair and heavily tattooed
upper left arm drew me to her
to begin with -- the first a comfort,
the second teasing at images
of a crime novel heroine --
a magnetic mix

but too soon she ignores me
as if we'd never met, never
connected over the designs
that swirl on her arm -- dragons,
fairies, the occasional bloody
sword -- or discussed new hair
styles for each of us

she strides right by staring
at something ahead I cannot see
her long dark hair whipping
in a sudden autumn wind
as the turbulent figures on her arm
careen like a mythic Wild Hunt

[free verse dream poem on a dream of 9-11-13. See re: Wild Hunt. I hope this is predicting that the often wild ride I'm taken on by the waxing gibbous moon phase will pass me by this time. There's a full moon due on the 19th and I have been almost holding my breath. (Things get better, BTW, once the full moon's here.) Photo "Fall Canvass" (9-12-13) by Roswila; to see the "texture" in this photo click on it.]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS): The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, etc. -- 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 dream poem is not intended as an interpretation of a dream, or even a complete and accurate rendering of one. It 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 (the specific forms of dreamku, tanka, two-liners and monoku) you may do here, that in the beginning I stressed "showing, not telling." However, this 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). This pretty much applies to free verse dream poems as well.

For more in-depth exploration of the dreamku forms specifically (and one post in which I also address my photo choices):

-- 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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