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Monday, June 02, 2014

THE (Taiga Tarot) EMPRESS CARD & UNHINGED (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


the wood door's not only large
but very heavy, between its size,
weight and the layers of slick
old varnish I can't keep a grip
on it long enough to angle it
back up on to its hinges

oh, well, maybe it's just as well,
with all the entrances and exits
around here recently all it did
before becoming unhinged
was to block the way or let out
all sorts of wild creaks and slams
as if upset it had to do its job

it would make much more sense
just to break this obstruction
completely down into splinters
for winter kindling

[free verse poem on a dream of 6-1-14. My immediate association to this door was to The Empress (III) -- the archetypal mother, among other things -- in the Tarot deck. In many decks, an Hebraic letter is corresponded to each of the Majors. III's is usually Daleth, which in noun form means door. I have personally understand this to say that birthing brings a soul not only into life but into death, i.e. birthing is a door that ultimately swings both ways. All that said, this dream is less about birthing/dying specifically, I'd say, than about changes, in the sense of moving from one space into a different one. And my personal yearning for smoother transitions. As to the connotation to "unhinged"? Yes, I have been feeling a bit unhinged these days. Image: "The Empress" in my Taiga Tarot, a deck in progress; III is often depicted as pregnant therefore that curving of the stars like Her belly; she also usually has stars in her crown, and often represents creative abundance -- 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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