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Thursday, December 11, 2014

STIRRING THE BREW (photomorph) & THE MEAT OF THE MATTER (dream tanka series w/2 two-liners) by Roswila


that annoying gal
stashes her food garbage behind
my file cabinet
I ask that at least she seal
it all up and she complies

before I make
the time to toss it out
the smell becomes rank
then I realize she'd not even
bothered to sort for recycling

just as I think "You want it done right? Do it
yourself," Obama* appears with a shopping cart

it's filled with steaks,
obviously expensive
sirloins and fillets --
he's buying meats for a state dinner
to be held this evening

we're both scandalized
that much of what he's selected
won't meet government
accounting office regulations
and therefore he'll have to foot the bill

the government,
it seems, will only pay if
something is hard
to obtain and prepare:
ease, that is, is costly

"D.Y.I." are the call letters of the day and
"Effort and Elbow Grease and Grit," the motto

[tanka series with two interspersed two-liners on a dream of 12-10-14. *President Barack Obama. This dream was a puzzlement all the way through the drafting of the poem. It did not open up for me at all until those last three lines at the end sort of fell out of my pen, circumventing my resistance. BTW, this is largely about getting back to fully embracing the hard, on-going work of improving my health/weight. Photomorph "Stirring the Brew" (11-4-14 026v7) 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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