LAYING IT ON THICK (photo art) & BUT THAT'S JUST IT (free verse dream poem) by Roswila
BUT THAT'S JUST IT
... but that's just it, it's not an "it,"
not a single, solitary issue to be dealt with,
it's a layering of many transparent sticky issues
like an onion, and like a raw stink apple
when it's cut to the core brings tears,
and when swallowed smells out loud
(or am I the only one to catch the drift
of bad breath as the layers digest?)
so here's the point, all my co-workers
would have me believe they want me to stay
on this job, even those who clearly
could not care less and those who don't
even know what's going on and are just
going along with the crowd,
(and those are just their surfaces)
and do I even trust my perceptions
of their disingenuousness,
as here's where I fall down:
even rub me the wrong way
and I raise a stink,
and layers, well,
as many as I see in others
(that and many more) cling tenaciously
like ghostly ectoplasm to my thoughts,
each emitting a clashing imperative
but I'd rather peel a raw onion,
layer by layer any day
than go through
even one more exorcism
my co-workers stress again
they really want me
to stay on this job
I start peeling
[free verse poem based on a dream of 2-7-14. Way too much to even try to go into, even briefly. Suffice it to say this is a rather positive dream. If only that the ultimate focus is more outward for a change. Photo art "Laying It On Thick" (2-8-14 013v2) 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....".
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.