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Thursday, October 09, 2014

VIEW FROM THE EDGE (photomorph) & NO BRAKES (dream tanka series w/2-liner) by Roswila


no hand brakes on the bike!
not broken or ripped off, mind you,
just not designed with them
how could I not have noticed
when I rented this lemon

how ever will I stop?
dropping and dragging a foot's
no option at this speed,
and old fashioned back pedaling
only whizzes my feet backwards

and there's also no horn!
I can't warn other bikers as
I pick up speed down
this beautiful mountain road
in the bright morning sunlight

I'd never have imagined the prayer drying
on my lips: for an uphill turn to slow me down

[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 10-8-14. This one seems mostly to be playing around with the expression "Going down hill fast." :-) Time flies by faster and faster at this end of life (I'll be 71 in January). And there's seemingly no slowing down the progression of my arthritis, nor it's development in other joints, too. (Not even having lost 74 lbs., and continuing to lose.) Yet this was not really a "negative" dream. I was aware of the beautiful day and scenery, even as I concentrated on the considerable challenges of staying on the road and not crashing into other bikers. Oh my, that last phrase "staying on the road and not crashing into other bikers" pretty much encapsulates my approach to life these days. Photomorph "View From the Edge" (4-10-13 12431v4) 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 9:55 PM , Blogger LGD said...

So instead of a horror story, this is a comedy. That's a relief :)

At 12:52 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

What a nice surprise to find you've visited, LGD! I'm seriously considering making "Just stay on the road and don't crash into other bikers" my catch phrase from now on. Something to mutter to myself as I hobble along. :-)


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