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Saturday, September 07, 2013

HOT TIDE (photo) & THROUGH A STEAMPUNK SPY GLASS (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


another night of x-rated dreams!
perhaps I should let the experimenter
whose hijacking my pen these days
have her way and leave the bulk
of nattering narrative to the netherworld,
glimpses through a steampunk spy glass
should be in keeping with the tone, methinks:

-- dream one --
tall, slim, not dark nor handsome,
he wears his pride in being a successful
comedian a bit too obviously, like his
shiny stove pipe hat, but his body's
still warm and delightfully
insistent against hers

-- dream two --
at first he's determined to rescue
her by air balloon from the foundering
pirate galleon and ravish her
on firmer ground, but sometimes
it's better to go down
with the ship

-- dream three --
she almost kicks the dark gong
peeking out from under the lacey
comforter as they fall upon the bed,
it's good she missed,
who wants a wake up call just as he
buries his devilish grin in her lush
and fully freed bosoms

[free verse poem on a series dreams of 9-6-13. No comment, except that it was a fun night after the previous night's series of intense dreams. I have one more dream poem to post from that previous night, but wanted to share this one first. I'm clearly still experimenting with how I present the dream material in writing. Basically, letting the piece (whatever it may be called, prose or poetry or some other creature) tell me how to format it on the page as the drafting proceeds. F.Y.I. = "Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan 'What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.'" And let me add that there are always a lot of clever and odd machines and devices abounding (often worn by people). When I googled for a decent definition of steampunk, that quote I underlined really struck me as applying to this night of dreams. (And that's all the detail you'll get out of me. LOL.) BTW, I have and greatly enjoy "The Steampunk Tarot," the one by B. Moore & A. Fell. Photo "Hot Tide" (9-7-13) by Roswila]

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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