Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

SEE ALSO: TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (photos, realistic to abstract)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

FLAMING OUT (photo art) & ESCAPE ARTIST (dreamku series) by Roswila


first, she tries leaving
on one of the regularly
scheduled free van trips
but its route doesn't go
far enough to meet her need

oh, the driver's sweet
and helpful but nice won't get her
where she burns to go

then she imagines
a large hot air balloon
and suddenly, there,
in the air above the city street
floats a passenger balloon

"Can I afford this,"
she thinks, just as an old man
floats by the balloon
tangling himself up in its ropes
and bringing it down in flames

"What now," she maunders,
"click my heels three times and be
whisked far away?"
no such luck nor magic here,
would thumbing for a ride work?

or maybe singing
for her supper, or fiddling
while all of Rome burns?

"Now I'm just getting
silly," she thinks, "those expressions
don't even apply"
better she try to buy her
girlfriend's help with a good book

intellect always
engaged her support in the past
but the only tome
she has to ply her friend with
weighs too much and just won't fly

and flying away
is what she's itching to do
as she did before,
despite now knowing that even
burning all bridges won't free her

and that's enough of playing with words, after all,
the escape they offer's at best just temporary

[several tanka with a couple dreamku interspersed, capped by a two-liner, on a dream of 2-3-14. Photo art "Flaming Out" (6-15-11 11127v3) by Roswila]


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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