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