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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

TWISTED (photo) & BY ANY NAME IT'S STILL BULL PUCKEY (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


the smell of human excrement much
less the sight of steaming piles simply
does her in especially when everyone
else denies they're dumps at all

so when she's arrested for a crime against
the social mileue she's totally befuddled

it seems even tip-toeing silently around
the piles of B.S. lining the subway platform
(while coping with nausea and bad knees,
no less) will not suffice with these deniers

one must openly welcome and praise these
dumps as if they were generous scoops
of ice cream after all they're from an oh-
so-popular and well-connected donor

[free verse poem based on a dream of 9-2-13. I hasten to add that this dream ultimately pointed me to my own B.S. Not a pleasant thought, to put it mildly. However dreams aren't about being nice and painting pretty pictures, but sometimes offering up the rather unpleasant truth. I also have to admit to being squeamish about posting this one. Not for what it was saying to me personally, but simply because it's image is scatalogical. Very few things give me pause when thinking of posting them to this public forum but this is one. However, the scatological image was valuable. The dream's deeper implications, i.e. my own bull puckey, might not have gotten my attention otherwise. Photo "Twisted" (7-3-13) 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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