Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SEEDS OF MEMORY (photomorph) & CHASING AFTER (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


more chasing after
a passel of forgotten dreams --
can one hold on to
the woman by the scent she trails?
the man by his after shave?

but maybe I don't want to recall or the dreams
themselves simply took their shot at freedom

who wants to be pinned down
a butterfly in amber

[a tanka, with two two-liners on the lack of dream recall for the night of 12-26-14. Photomorph "Seeds of Memory" (2-19-10 19955ev4) 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 12:40 PM , Blogger LGD said...

Every part of this has something to admire-- a dream as intangible as scent. At the end, the amber metaphor. But dreams escaping us to gain their freedom. What a wonderful way to trigger thinking about the phenomenon of the unconscious mind.

At 3:28 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

I'm delighted you like it. I work on all that I post here very thoroughly and at great length. (Even stand alone haiku get puzzled over for some time.) Once in a while a piece (short or lengthy) will fall "trippingly off" my pen, leaving me to doubt its worth even more than most I write. Such was the case here. I guess I've got worth confused with a lot of hard work. Not that they aren't often related ... :-)


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