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Friday, February 14, 2014

A Found Tarot Temperance Card (photo art) & FORMLESS (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


again, the Temperance card,
lying there quietly yet magnetic,
implying what needs to be done

but, hell (you should pardon
that ironic oath), I'm no angel
neither by inborn nature
nor even by careful artifice

and why should I keep trying
to shape the formless fire
of mind, much less to quench
and quench it again, hoping
against all hope to temper it

I thought the burning need to forge
and temper this fractious mind
like a sword well past (or at least
a good way behind on this long road),
have I read this bright angel wrong?

I focus on the water moving
from vessel to vessel between
the angel's hands, down
or maybe up, or even both
ways at once ... and is it
even being poured or flowing
of its own volition,
as the winged one holds
the space, gently framing
the moment, perched lightly
between earth and sky

[free verse poem on a dream of 2-13-14. Photo art (2-8-14a 10026ev2) by Roswila, a possible Temperance card in my Found Tarot deck (to view additional "Found Tarot" cards use the search function in upper left of blog). And here's a more traditional Temperance card from the Rider/Waite/Smith deck, which is pretty much what I saw in the dream: 


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. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

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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