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Monday, October 07, 2013

FALL OUT (photo art) & ANOTHER DAY (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


the cult was actually willing to bomb us!
I'm stunned they'd go to such lengths
to keep us from disseminating
the truth about them

better I live to fight another day,
I say to myself with a brief wince
of guilt, as I flee the premises
leaving the tapes of evidence peeking
out of the shambles as I run

I pass by a church where one of the top
leaders of the bombers paces outside,
concerned as to where I am, mumbling:
did she get away with the tapes?

on seeing me he makes a nice public
recovery, claiming great relief I'm not going
to martyr myself, but he doesn't fool anyone

much less the former member of the bomb cult
whose joined us, her concern for my welfare
apparently quite real as the cult top cat rounds
on her, attacking her grammar as abysmal

she looks briefly taken aback and then amused,
retorting he's assuming she could care at all
while noting his criticism is totally
the pot calling the kettle black

I try to get her attention, after all she and I
need to be moving on, we are still deep
within the radiating blast range of the bomb

if they must, the cult top cat and she
can continue to lob insults at each other
in some safer place where debris
and chemical fumes don't rain down,
in fact, some place far from me altogether

I turn my back on them both, head held high,
at peace now that I did not even attempt
to retrieve the almost buried tapes
of evidence, and stride surely toward
the sunrise on the distant horizon

[free verse poem on a dream of 9-28-13. This was the first dream of the night. The last dream I've already posted in poem form here on September 29th, which was set aboard the Titanic. Two rather big disasters, which has certainly given me pause. It could be they are hyperbolic metaphors for my sudden big increase in joint pain (arthritic). But as I mentioned in September 29th's comment they may also reflect anxiety about what's been going on in our society and in the larger world. Photo art "Fall Out" (10-3-09) 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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