EN GLACE (photo) & THE FROZEN ROSE (free verse dream poem) by Roswila
THE FROZEN ROSE
it's her turn to wait in the conference
room at the glossy wood table
nearly filling the cold empty space
as he did with each of the other women
before her, a man sits also, a well-
trained and seasoned soldier in casual
civilian garb that disguises his mission
as a personal protector
and like each previous woman she
endures her wait in nauseating fear
that the serial assaulter will return
to finish his attack
an observer might well wonder
at her guard's relaxed pose --
doesn't he know she, too, is armed?
a knife secreted up a tattered sleeve
and her mental balance teetering
evidence of both knife and her fragility
carved by her in the highly polished
table top between them:
a fist sized spiral seeming to spin in,
then out, then in again, glistening
like a rose frozen in time
[free verse poem on a dream of 8-21-13. Photo "En Glace" (8-2-10) by Roswila]
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....".
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.