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Monday, December 30, 2013

LOOKING BACK (photo) & AN INTERESTING FIX (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


well, what an interesting fix
this is! for a change, instead of losing
my purse in a dream it's filled with money,
old, faded, and heavily wrinkled bills!

I want to count it ... seriously, it must be
a considerable amount, each batch of
several I pull out is a mix of singles,
fives, twenties and even the occasional
fifty dollar bill, the faces on each
staring at me expectantly

the layers of green on my lap grow,
threatening to slide every which way,
as I worry about what others will think
if they see me smoothing and organizing,
counting and wondering over this
mountain of found cash

though I suppose this will mean no more
to them than any of the many other printed
pictures and words I pull out of odd places

ah well, as I've heard it said too often,
one person's trash is another's treasure

[free verse poem on a dream of 12-29-13. First, a sad follow up to my post of 12-17-13 about my brother's illness: he passed away late Saturday afternoon, December 28th. I spent some time last night trying to figure out a special memorial post but right now don't have the heart to make one. Maybe sometime in the future I'll share a few more photos of him from when he was little (I don't have any of him as an adult). I also haven't got the energy to go into this dream poem here. Though I will say it's not unrelated to the grief and other fall out from my brother's death. Oh, and yes, the dream was mildly lucid but only in the very beginning when I recalled dreams of losing my purse. Photo "Looking Back" (9-23-13 007v2) 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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