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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

THE LIGHTHOUSE (photo art) & TWO REASONS WHY NOT (free verse dream poem) by Roswila

(two separate dreams from one night)


a little young, maybe, to be the father
of this delightful tow-headed boy,
and younger yet to be a King
but here he is, this tall handsome man,
and more surprising, the fiery friction
between us as we embrace -- the heat
continues to rise as he whispers
in my ear "This would be so much more
if I needn't watch over my son right now"


he drives through the high water
flooding the beachside parking lot
and stops, struggling to open his door
against the engulfing water that briefly
backs off in fractious waves
what's this old King doing here?
he's easy on the eyes and his stand
by his water swamped car not only assured
but compelling, yet somehow it's clear
he's not here for any one of us women
so acutely drawn to him, but more
like a storm-weathered lighthouse
to warn us where not to go

[free verse dream poem on two separate dreams of 11-6-13. Yet more Tarot dreams; I'm delighted given, as I've said before here, there's been a dearth of Tarot images in my dreams over the years. Although in these dreams they were not explicitly Tarot cards, it was definitely so implied. Especially when I noted on waking that they each brought an element (fire in the first and water in the second) with them. Making the first the King of Wands:

And the second the King of Cups:

BTW, I don't relate to these dreams as necessarily being about male relationships that I have or had or lack or even want in my life. But more as aspects of my animus -- in Jungian psychology a woman's male within that, among other functions, can act as a spiritual guide. I read somewhere, too, that it is often represented by multiple male figures. Which certainly has been reflected in my dreams over the years. Photo art "The Lighthouse" (10-1-11) 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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