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Monday, October 21, 2013

DARK ANGEL (photo art) & JUDGMENT (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


my long estranged friend-cum-coworker
lambastes me for doing personal work
on my lunch break, "What a fine
how-do-you-do!" I say, further
retorting that she's got her family's
bills spread all over her desk right now
like wind blown fall leaves

next thing I know she's hovering over me
as I struggle to get a slew of mail
out of my box, the lock to which
I'd forgotten had been changed

I can only figure it's her intense
nosiness that's keeping her mouth locked
as surely as the box, being as anxious
to see what's come to me as I
and if history repeats, not to share
surprise or sorrow, or even relief
or edification, but to judge and mock,
or to ask questions that insinuate doubt
like an ever so fine and chilly fog

as I pull letters, bills, and one huge
squishy gift package at last from the box
I find her renewed nattering over my left
shoulder almost acceptable, like a dark
angel trumpeting brassy echoes
of my own capacity for judgment

[free verse poem on a dream of 10-20-13. As that image of a dark angel emerged in the writing process I immediately thought of the JUDGMENT card in the Tarot. Here it is in the Steampunk Tarot:
The most pointed aspect to this dream is another way of reading the Judgment card in the Tarot, in my opinion. (Here's a link to a recent post I made about the Judgment card on my Tarot blog. Be forewarned, it's rather lengthy.) Photo "Dark Angel" (4-27-11) 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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