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Thursday, May 08, 2014

CAUGHT IN THE ACT (photo art) & ALLEY OF ROSES (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


the shining tow-headed brother
of their long ago shared youth,
struggles quickly free of kidnappers,
to run pell-mell down the sunny alley
lined on both sides with climbing roses

as she watches from the relative safety
of her dream observer stance, her heart lifts
in joy at his surprising escape,
his flight all the more impressive
as he has to avoid the grip
of the wildly growing roses

she turns briefly away from the thrilling
scene to comment on it to the shadowy
figures watching along with her,
as she wants to share the delight
of this rare winning run with others

when she looks back again ... oh no!
he's turned around, back toward
his captors' dark nest at the head
of the alley and now he's riding his bike

why ever would he do this?! even as she
thinks this he wobbles, getting caught
up in the heavily thorned roses
crowding the alley fence,
his struggle to get free hanging
him upside down and more firmly
entangling him

why did he choose to turn back,
and how could he forget that these
suffocatingly sweet, thick as thieves roses
also bear huge thorns

[free verse poem on a dream of 5-7-14. My immediate association to my brother hanging in the roses was to The Hanged Man of the Tarot (Rider/Waite/Smith version here):
I should point out that The Hanged Man in the Tarot is not a death card. For instance, here's two of the many comments I've made about this card on my Tarot blog: "Try suspending your own feelings/thoughts on this matter. It could make room for higher wisdom." And "You need to shake your viewpoint up. It is your perception that needs changing, not the situation." BTW, I'd been thinking yesterday about my brother and his death several months ago, wondering when he might show up again directly in a dream. (He's been implied in many dreams since his death, just not overtly present.) I'm also struck that there was a bicycle image in yesterday's posted dream/poem. My overall association to that dream was to The Wheel of Fortune in the Tarot. Using these two cards as a mini-reading (very simply put): I need to develop a new perspective on life's constant changes. Photo art "Caught in the Act" (4-15-14 003v6) by Roswila]


PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,

[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** 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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