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Sunday, February 09, 2014

PLAYING TO THE GALLERY (photo art) & AT THIS LAST MINUTE (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


why are you putting that young woman
at the top of my show? what don't you
understand about the word "my"?

you gave me the time slot to gather the talent,
choose which of their poems or songs or dances
they'll perform, and organize it around a theme
... and this all on my own shoe string
with no cost to you at all!

and here you go dropping that woman
on my show like a hobnail boot

what, you say? the young woman's just been
found by her mother after all these years
and sadly learned she can't abide the woman
who gave birth to her? that I should have sympathy,
and afford her some time for self expression?

well, then, why don't you simply give her
a separate time slot in which to produce her
own bargain basement show

instead of slapping her onto mine at this last minute,
like one of those garishly colored, impossible
to remove price stickers

[free verse poem on a dream of 2-8-14. This dream was more of a surprise than most. It showed me that I'm having quite a time of it accepting that some other aspect of my life/self has to take precedence, to be in the spotlight, if you will, right now. And given I think I know "who" "she" is, this will be true for the foreseeable future. "She" is also the "price I have to pay" if I really want what I say I do. As always, there's more but that's the most important aspect to this dream. Photo art "Playing to the Gallery" (9-23-13 003v2) 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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