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Thursday, December 26, 2013

ON THE PATH TO OZ (photo art) & THE SECRET TURNING (dialogue/poem) by Roswila

(a play for two voices)

"Yes, m'Lord," the varlet bows whispering,
"we tried to turn her but much to our surprise
she's already a vampire"

the young untried King whispers back
"This news is both delightful as it fits
right in with my plan to hold ultimate power,
and puzzling for who other than we are turning
my courtiers into creatures of delicious evil?"

"...and more puzzling yet," the King mutters,
"why hasn't that Good Witch Glinda interfered
in her sappy high-toned way?"

the varlet bows again, then leans close
to the King "That's not Good's way ... She
lets humans first do everything they possibly
can to take care of themselves, then makes
a last minute rescue ..."

"Of course," the varlet adds in a snarky whisper
"that means Good often arrives only once
the human's pleas boil over and too late at that"

the King snorts derisively, then looks around
to be sure they're not being overheard,
"Ah, then, we must allow and aid whatever
hidden turning is going on until the needed
critical mass is reached ..."

bowing even deeper the varlet responds, "Our
biggest chore for now will not be aiding
and abetting the secret turning of the court
into vampires, but to curb the tendency
of those thus darkly empowered to boast"

[free verse dialogue/poem on a dream of 12-25-13. It did feel much like part of a play, set in a vaguely English medieval court. None of the dialogue above is verbatim from the dream (as far as I know). But the concepts and the relationship between the King and vassal are accurately recorded (again, as closely as I remember). Vampires do show up in my dreams occasionally, but not in scary ways. Nor am I disturbed by the dreams on waking recall. Just curious as to what the image of the vampire represents in any particular dream, as it does vary from dream to dream. E.g., among many sorts of "meanings," it can reference seduction in one and social pressure in another. BTW, Glinda is the Good Witch (of the North, if I remember correctly) in the story/movie "The Wizard of Oz" and was referenced in the dream. Photo art "On the Path to Oz" (3-10-10 10046 ev2) 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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