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Saturday, December 28, 2013

BY A DIFFERENT LIGHT (photo art) & THE ONLY PATH (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


the two boys pursue revenge,
a verbal campaign of blaming

it's an easy one to silence
even as I bear the burden
of deep empathy with their
denied pain and loss

the smaller of the two boys
ultimately escapes my grasp,
jumping off the dock
into the murky lake

the taller squirms before me
dark hair shining and darker eyes
avoiding mine as I hold him
surely by his shoulders

"It doesn't help," I say softly
"no amount of blame, even
of yourself, will ease the pain,
you have to live it through"

I want to go on, telling him
of my mother's death
when I was young but he
backs away like a small
armored truck, wheels spinning
on a determined course of escape

my hands, wiser than my heart,
release him without a fuss,
my words to him echoing
in my ears with each footstep
as he stomps away

the late afternoon sun reflects
too brightly on the surface
of the lake, forcing my gaze
to the inner path,
the only one
that's mine to modify

[free verse poem on a dream of 12-27-13. Photo art "By A Different Light" (9-22-09 7090e) by Roswila]


But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

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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