Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ASWIM WITH STARS (photo art) & BY STARLIGHT (dream tanka series w/two-liner) by Roswila


already panicky
I wake in my third floor bedroom
yelling first for her
then for him but as usual
they're not here when I need them

also as usual
I don't give up and search the dark
apartment for them
panic ups a notch when I see
the glass terrace door's ajar

I rush to lock it
and startle the two of them as they
sit outside and schmooze
my anger's uncontainable
why didn't they respond to me

I tell them off
and turn abruptly away
no longer caring
whether they react or not
come back in or move out

starlight has stirred the depth of my vision
I neither want nor need these fair-weather folk

[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-21-14 (tanka written in a somewhat looser format, to be addressed in a future post). I had a hard time deciding which dream piece to post today as I have a few waiting in the wings. But decided to go with this newest one as I'm still dealing with some lingering anger. The dream is a condensation of many situations, past and present, that are hot for me right now. Maybe posting it will help me cool down by starlight, if you will. BTW, "starlight vision" is an expression I've seen used in Tarot studies to mean intuition, especially with reference to The Moon card. And listening to my (for some reason recently heightened) intuition is more than usually important in my life right now. Even if I can't really see where it might be going. Starlight vision is often like that. Urgently guiding without revealing very much. Photo art "Aswim With Stars" (7-20-14 020v20) 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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