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Thursday, November 20, 2014

BLUE EYES IN THE RAIN (photomorph) & WASHED AWAY ... (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila

(or: A Visit with Bill Clinton)

it's been a long time
since I've seen Bill, except
in the media
and I hadn't realized
how much I'd been missing him

we sit together
just us in the room, he looking
through the window
at the city below, neither
of us feeling the need to talk

he seems healthy
and I wonder -- surprisingly
for the first time --
how someone survives an office
such as the one he held

and I'm overwhelmed
by a flood of empathy:
the impossible
weight of decisions, and of
endless opinions and conflicts

however did he
do the everyday things
during those times
such as enjoy a true laugh
or go readily to sleep

he becomes aware
of my tears and embraces
them with a soft smile
we continue to sit without
speaking but deeply communing

our habitual and casual way of relating
washed away by this new level to our connection

[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 11-19-14. I occasionally dream about presidents. Former President Clinton has been one of those recurrent dream visitors, though usually in a more flirtatious interaction. I've tended to relate to President dreams as being about my animus. Very simply put the animus is "an inner masculine part of the female personality in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung." It's also said to be part of the collective -- as opposed to individual -- unconscious. So a President would fill that bill (if you'll pardon the pun). Photomorph "Blue Eyes in the Rain" (11-14-14 034v12) 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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