PROCLAMATION (photo) & THE PUN (free verse dream poem) by Roswila
TMI! I'll never get that image
scrubbed off my retinas!
why didn't those two
Valentines Day lovers
simply lock my office door?
I really didn't mind them sneaking
in there while I was at lunch,
especially not on this day for lovers,
but lock! dear co-workers, lock!
sigh, I'll never again look at them
without blushing, that flash of porn
burned as surely into memory
(and more lastingly) as those red hot
hearts someone snuck into a bowl
of sweets that still haven't let
go of my taste buds
maybe this is what I get
for ignoring Valentines day
for I've heard it said that if
you don't give a holiday its due
it'll do you in its own way
and I just got done
(if you'll pardon the pun)
[free verse poem on a dream of 2-14-14. Yup, dreamed on Valentines Day, which I did pretty much ignore. It's hard to totally ignore it, especially where I live, with all the heart decorations up in our public areas and on various residents' front doors. Not to mention all the T.V. ads and shows referencing it ... ahHAH! I was probably doing my best to ignore this holiday because of all the chocolate being pictured and talked about, and candy appears in the dream. So, here again is a dream that is largely about food issues. Or rather, appetites of all kinds.
On another subject altogether, someone mentioned surprise that I had not posted more here about my brother's recent death. And I was surprised in turn given the number of posts directly about him, and then all my comments below other posts indicating how his passing had influenced any given dream. What I'd like to point out, however, is that although I'm not going into detail any more about the mourning process and how it's reflected in my dreams, it is still going on and will for some time I'm sure. (E.g. he appeared as his younger self in one dream recently that I did not, for various reasons, write about.)
Photo "Proclamation" (10-13-10 10006e) 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.