LOST IN THE WOODS (photo art) & BABE IN THE WOODS (free verse dream poem) by Roswila
BABE IN THE WOODS
so, since you've been working here
a great many years maybe you can
tell me what I should do about this:
I'm still so wet around the ears
my earrings could slide right off,
and up comes this handsome guy
and starts instructing me
to organize a luncheon conference
now, I think, is this my supervisor?
I've not even yet been filled in on who's
who and what's what, just tossed into
this new job to sink or swim
well now, I think, do I ask him who he is
and risk being seen as ignorant or (gasp!)
as uncooperative? or do I bite this unknown
bullet and let him be the boss of me
I take a shot and let him have his way
he goes on and on as if I were a tape
recorder and could capture every syllable
no questions asked, and even, I tell you,
if I were a recorder I still needed to ask
questions, to fill in the gaps where sense
and order got run over
but, nothing doing, no matter my attempts
to "hit the pause button" he still rambles on,
thoroughly expecting a noon luncheon
conference to appear, clearly accustomed
to having his wishes manifested
without hesitation or hitch
so, this is what I want to ask you now:
do you know who our CEO is,
the person to seek clarification from,
and failing that, do you know
if there's a procedure manual for this new
endlessly complicated position I find myself in,
like a babe abandoned in a tangled wood?
[free verse poem on a dream of 10-18-13. Photo art "Lost in the Woods" (9-23-13) 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.