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SEE ALSO: TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (photos, realistic to abstract)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

THE CONVERSATION (photo) & THE FACE-OFF (dream tanka capped by a dreamku) by Roswila


in the crowded aisle
of the new supermarket
she spies hoards of ghosts:
soap opera characters
ensouled by sugary shades

she forces a grin
and clings to her empty box
food aisle face-off

[tanka capped by a dreamku; dreamed, written, and posted in May of 2008. I've revised this for re-posting today. What drew me to it is how like Halloween it is. And, of course, how my haunts these days are still occasionally those of food. Especially during Halloween week with all the candy lying around! On the other hand, I almost decided not to post it. Not wanting to risk stimulating those old cravings. (Did I mention? I've now lost 76 lbs. at last weigh in almost a month ago. So it's most probably a couple pounds more than that by now.) Photo "The Conversation" (10-15-14 005v3) 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.


At 7:54 AM , Blogger LGD said...

Congratulations on the continued victory over calories :) I don't mind having ghosts all around me all the time, so long as I don't see them. Same with spiders and insects, I suppose :)

At 12:05 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

What a lovely Halloween surprise, another comment from you. Thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean about ghosts. I don't mind sensing them (I even chat with them mentally). It's when I think I see them that I get startled. (No joking there.) Spiders? Well, that's another whole kettle of fish. I had one huge one take up residence in my bedroom, always up high where it might fall on me in my sleep. I kept knocking it down gently (I respect their right to live). But the dang thing took weeks to get the message it might do better to build a web somewhere else! BTW, wish me luck resisting the ice cream they'll have at our costume party tonight. (I'm going as The Witch of Purple Prose ... I got a beautiful big decorated purple pointed hat.)

At 2:44 PM , Blogger LGD said...

I'd like to see a photo of you and that hat!

At 1:54 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

You got it! Just click on the link to my "Trying To Hold a Box of Light" photo blog at the bottom of any of my dreams & poetry blot posts. And view the post there dated November 2, 2014.

And please be kind to this almost 71 year old witch. :-)


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