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Monday, July 28, 2014

AT THE CROSSROADS (photo) & THIS NEWEST DOOR (dream tanka series) by Roswila


why does he now want
a Tarot reading from me?
it's been many years
since he dropped our friendship
with a reverberating thud

he's even started
shuffling the cards and, as always,
curiosity grabs me:
what will be revealed when I
lay out their opening faces

but he lays them out
himself, all higgledy-
piggledy, their black backs
facing blankly up, waiting for me
to go ahead and flip them

agitation rising
he stares at the dark unknowns
as I've not finished
making the final most important
card, the hinge for the reading

this can't be rushed
the paint on the emerging scene
dries as I cut out
the narrow black and white piece
to be pasted just off center

the last card's colors
dry, scintillating like trees
in windy sunlight,
the pasted on black and white strip
fitting in like an open door

he suddenly backs off
holding his hands as if they hurt:
if laying out cards
was too hard, how will he ever
walk through this newest door

[tanka series on a dream of 7-27-14. There's a lot that strikes me in this dream. To share just one of the strands I've already followed down: that expression "laying one's cards on the table" as in to be open or honest, or as in the current idiomatic use of the word "transparent." (BTW, there's a transparent Tarot. Seriously. I have it in my collection but it was not the deck I saw in the dream.) However, openness and honesty are only the beginning. One still must (to use another idiomatic expression vaguely implied at the end) "walk one's talk." And as ever I add the reminder that this dream speaks as much to me, as to that actual erstwhile friend. Oh, and Tarot cards are sometimes referred to as doors (also keys). Photo "At the Crossroads" (7-20-14 012v2) 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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