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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CROSSING OVER (photomorph) & GUARDING THE BORDER (dream tanka series) by Roswila


the border crossing
from the turbulent night world
into organized day
hums even more than usual
with efficient activity

the guards quietly
accomplish their crucial work
what might mislead
or be unhelpful they change,
or mute, or return to the dark

like this traveler's
black baseball cap, a sure sign
of chemotherapy
and her consequent baldness
that it both warms and covers

the guards "disappear"
her cap, leaving the woman
to cross into day
her bald head glimmering golden
with a hint of new growth

[tanka series on a dream of 11-17-14. In my dream vocabulary hair most often represents thoughts. I find the night/day contrast multi-leveled. E.g., dreams/waking, right brain/left brain, past/present, or unconscious/conscious, and even non-existence/existence. But most of all I see my struggle to develop some "guards at the border," or mental filters if you will. Not to believe everything I think. And that there might be some signs of success. An aside -- the guards also put me in mind of a brain function I read about somewhere called the "left brain interpreter." Its sole function is to balance all the new information with which our brain is flooded, in light of past information. (BTW, as I mentioned here before, maybe the jumble of activity our brains go through in sleep is organized by the left brain interpreter into what we experience as our dreams. I hasten to add that this suggestion is not meant to limit dreams solely to that function.) Photomorph "Crossing Over" (11-6-14 003v6) 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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