EXPLORING THE EDGES (photo art) & SPY WORK (free verse dream poem) by Roswila
I tell him the methods he's ordered
me to use do qualify as scientific
it's the area to which I'm applying them
that he may find questionable, even
outside the pale
the master spy hugs me even closer
whispering warmly in my ear
"That's just fine as long as your
conclusions will catch and hold
our superstitious prey"
I continue my calculations keeping
my own counsel about the relative
reality of the scientific and the fringes
of possibility, for it's actually
the fringes that I find compelling
and the scientific that I mistrust
[free verse poem based on a dream of 10-11-13. And I actually find the issues of spying and that rather seductive boss's interest in results only, more compelling inquiries than the relative reality of fringes and the scientific. The latter is really the "same old same old" difference I've been seeing in dreams for some time now. In fact, the ending feels like an attempt to get away from other issues raised by the dream. A red herring some part of me tossed up. Photo art "Exploring the Edges" (3-9-11) 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.