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Thursday, November 28, 2013

GRAVID (photo art) & MASQUERADING (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


my long-deceased friend Brenda,
though I barely note this
resurrection, waddles toward me
her smooth young face carefully bland
and apparently massively pregnant

but I know she's not expectant
and it's clear to me she wants
to pull my leg for some obscure
pleasure of her own by letting
me think so: it doesn't work

she stops short and gets right up
in my face, belly wobbling between
us then settling down, I say
"Is it a side effect of all your

I can tell by a look that flits across
her muted face that once again
I know what's true and what's not,
and that she'd forgotten I read
micro-expressions even better
than masquerading bellies

[free verse poem on a dream of 11-27-13. "Micro-expressions" are said to last from 1/25th to 1/15th of a second, revealing what a person would rather hide (from themselves and/or another person) and can be voluntary or involuntary. I've often thought it might be these I used to read when I was doing Tarot readings professionally and surprising people with my insights on occasion. I know I am still rather aware of micro-expressions. Though I sometimes forget this is probably how I've come to a particular response to someone without any overt expression from them. However, I'd like to stress that this dream is more a message that I have successfully "unmasked" a recent inner emotional masquerade of my own. BTW, Brenda was an actual friend of mine who died many years ago. (I took care of her in the apartment we shared until three months before she died of cancer.) She shows up in dreams every so often and is always welcome, even faking a pregnancy. Photo art "Gravid" (3-10-10, 10046v7) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS): The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- 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 or narrative 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. I now tend to "show" (the dream story) 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 also pretty much applies to my free verse dream poems as well. As to what I have begun calling dream narratives, they are a different animal, probably most akin to prose poems.

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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