CAST-OFF (photo art) & THE VISITOR (dreamku series) by Roswila
visits our new not even
at least she's of the ripe age
my roommate and I have reached
pup this one, she's mature
and nicely seasoned
her reputation as a
fine artist preceding her
but my unslaked thirst
for a sharing of feelings
and thoughts about art
is frustrated yet again
when she talks about her son
"He put down a full
chocolate floor in my kitchen"
she proudly declares
"It's a military
honor and tradition,"
as if long used to being
doubted: "Real chocolate"
then mumbling "I had it pulled
up, it was messy to clean."
do I care about
her pride that became too sticky
not when I'm left with a craving
for artistic connection,
even as the image of a chocolate floor melts
leaving behind stains of a less healthy hunger
[several tanka capped by a two-liner on a dream of 9-27-13. Photo "Cast-Off" (1-14-11) 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.