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Saturday, July 12, 2014

FUCHSIA FUMBLE (photo) & BLEEDING HEARTS (tanka series w/a two-liner & monoku) by Roswila


BLEEDING HEARTS

they're a lovely fuchsia
and look like ballerinas
it's also clear why
they call them "bleeding hearts,"
though I don't like that label

such pretty blossoms
deserve a more upbeat name,
and why did I give
them to this taxi driver
who I never could abide

they hang between us
almost obscuring her I.D.,
gracing the window
between front and back seats
as they dance to the cab's roll

I enjoy their show
if not her head turning
intrusiveness
as she drives -- she always
messes in others' business

besides, I don't even know why I'm bound
for the florist to buy more bleeding hearts

a sudden silence
fills with radio music:
"It's the same old song
but with a different
meaning since you've been gone..."

we turn a corner the song goes on


[tanka series with a two-liner and monoku on a dream of 7-11-14. Those lyrics quoted are from the old song made famous by the Four Tops. I heard them in the dream and they've been an earworm since getting up. Of course, drafting this now has just thoroughly reinforced their musical presence. My mind could be stuck on worse things, I suppose. :-) And maybe I have "turned a corner" of some sort. Though I'd like it better if I were in the driver's seat. Yeah, some aspect of me is, but it's not the same as being consciously there. Hm, maybe that's the point, though. Some aspect I've had little to no respect for is taking me someplace a bit better. Photo "Fuchsia Fumble" (6-19-14 10019v8) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

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.

Friday, July 11, 2014

BELL TOWER (photo art) & THE CHURCH (tanka series w/1 monoku & two-liner) by Roswila


THE CHURCH

the renovations
on the church out of her past
are quite extensive
the slate floor's been replaced with
light golden brown patterned wood

it shines warmly a welcoming support

no pews are in yet
and the altar area's
empty of everything
everything but the glorious
late afternoon sunlight

but most surprising?
how hugely spacious it is
room for each prayer
for every hopeless hurt
for all cynical thoughts

was it always so?
accommodating but hidden
by all the trappings,
the weighty furniture, bells,
candles, and snuffers of tradition?

her query rises and fades like incense
leaving an awed and reverent silence


[several tanka, with one monoku and a two-liner on a dream of 7-9-14. This was dreamed the same evening as THE GLASS ZIPPER, posted here yesterday. I sleepily scribbled a first draft of THE GLASS ZIPPER in the night's wee hours, then dreamed what would become THE CHURCH. Repairs and renovations. May they be successful. Photo art "Bell Tower" (7-8-14 001v15) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

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.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ACROSS THE DIVIDE (photo) & THE GLASS ZIPPER (dream tanka series w/two-liner) by Roswila


THE GLASS ZIPPER

she carefully sews
the sides of the shapeless garment
back to the zipper
it's slow going, as was
finding the way to do it

but it's all coming
back together, stitch by stitch,
breath by anxious breath
her need to know what happened
to this glass zipper on hold

a soft over voice
she somehow deeply trusts
confirms her patience,
that understanding must wait
till it's all of a piece again,

till she can put on
the dark flowing garment
and make her escape ...
she barely brushes the glass
as she carefully sews onward

what a wonder that something so fragile
can bring together opposing sides


[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-9-14. Photo "Across the Divide" (6-24-14 003v3) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

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.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

SHUFFLING ALONG (photo art) & THE YELLOW SUNGLASSES (dream tanka series) by Roswila


THE YELLOW SUNGLASSES

her yellow sunglasses
(frames and lens) glint wildly
as she talks me up
"Look, here's the crossword puzzle
I made of today's player list"

how does she do it?
how do any of them do it:
play day after day
volleying that dang ball
back and forth, up and down

and with rousing good cheer
no less! they even manage
to be inclusive
a wheelchair at the net
or poor eyesight? no problem

and I can't even
let myself feel excluded,
get up a good pout,
there's plenty of blank spaces
in the puzzle for my name

her hot yellow gaze
makes me uncomfortable
I turn and go home
no guts for convoluted games
to lose again at solitaire


[tanka series on a dream of 7-8-14. Photo art "Shuffling Along" (7-7-14 001v16) by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

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....".

* * * *
‘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.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

NIGHT MARES (photo art out of a sketch) & PRELUDE (dream tanka pair) by Roswila


PRELUDE

Knight after Knight
briefly parts the dark curtain
each in his own way:
Fire threatens, Water muffles,
Air confuses the picture

then Earth holds still
just long enough to view:
the bowing of sprouts
in a vast rolling field
seeded in times forgotten


[two tanka on the first recalled dream of 7-7-14. Some explanation: Knights in The Tarot usually ride horses, and each can usually be corresponded to one of the four ancient elements of earth, air, fire, and water (among other correspondences). There are way too many equally applicable associations I have to Knights and horses to go into here. Not to mention the traditional meanings in The Tarot for each of these four implied cards. (Though I will mention "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.") The dream also felt like an introduction to something -- therefore the title -- when I was making my notes in the wee hours, barely awake. It proved to be just that this morning when I hauled a whole string of agitated dreams into waking behind me. Most slipped my grasp (rather unusual) but one stuck which I've also written about and will post another day. Photo art "Night Mares" (Haiga folder, v4) out of an old sketch I did of a horse head, by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):

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....".

* * * *
‘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.

Monday, July 07, 2014

HEART EMERGENT (photo art) & HER HEART (non-dream free verse poem) by Roswila


HER HEART

that first time she welcomed
her heart back home standing awed
and alone beneath a moon bright night
she had no idea her heart would run away
over and over again into the wildest deeps
like a long suffering mustang
to heal on its own
at its own pace
leaving her with nothing
to carry her through
appearing at last far down the path
as it had each time since the first
its new scars shimmering
in the lambent moonlight
like reins of filigree gold


[non-dream free verse poem written in early June 2014. This one reads like a run-on sentence. And I'm leaving it that way, so there! Splitting it into stanzas took something away from it. Maybe I'm just enamored of that breathless feeling, like a running horse. Sometimes I'm willing to sacrifice a format or image (or whatever) I've grown attached to for the good of the overall poem. However, I just didn't find that stanzas helped here, or I would ... maybe. :-) Photo art "Heart Emergent" (4-6-14 002v5) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,






[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** 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.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

SHEPHERD'S STAR (photo art) & ANOTHER HUNGRY WOLF (prose dream poem) by Roswila


ANOTHER HUNGRY WOLF

she offers me the binder of info
about a new approach, her gentle
enthusiasm and true belief
obvious to even a casual observer

there do appear to be new colors
shining out of this binder
and I am anxious to believe
that something fresh has landed
in my hands at last

as I leaf through the pages
in their clear plastic sheets,
the face of my inquiry
reflects in morphing shapes,
here and there on each page surface

but just as where I am reflects
on each successive sheet I view
so, too, the binder's linking
of new colors is intimately permeated
with the underlying shade of its
painfully familiar premise

I sadly and softly shut the binder,
all too certain now that this handful
is no more, no less
than another hungry wolf
in radiant sheep's clothing


[prose poem (or maybe a narrative?) on a dream of 7-5-14. As usual I hasten to add this has at least as much to do with my inner "selves" and beliefs, as with any external relationship. Though I have had a couple of blows to hopes about external ones recently. Photo art "Shepherd's Star" (4-24-13 12606e) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

* * * *
until next time, keep dreaming,






[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** 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.