LEAPING DOLPHIN (photo art) & BREACHING (dream tanka series w/pair of two-liners) by Roswila
the young man's idea
for a new society's grand
so she'd gone along ...
at first ... but soon realized
the idea and the man don't match
typical, she'd thought,
at least this time she was out of there
really early on
way before she'd given her mind
over to another's machinations
the wake up moment?
the news of this whale farm
she stands viewing
created to protect the babies
'til they're big enough for open seas
their parents also
residing here to teach the calves
and therein lies the rub:
in the enclosed space the adults
could unwittingly squash their babes
the parents' genes
morphing them into a smaller
white dolphin-sized form
slim burgundy stripes
mixed with gold and warm brown
running from their heads
to their tails, with each adults'
lines as unique as a name
the time to be spent
in containment now safe
for the growing calves --
a respectable application
of human smarts and will, she thinks
the day of release into the open seas
will be rather a mixed joy for humans
nevertheless she starts to make plans to be here
a calf breaches the shining water for the first time
[tanka series capped by a pair of two-liners on a dream of 8-1-14. This was the first of many dreams last night with images of newness. Not only did it contain the most interesting image (IMHO) it was the only one to contrast thinking/external to feeling/internal. It also gave the process of becoming a form -- appropriate containment and adjustment of proportions/perspective. The rest of the night's dreams (filled with babies, pregnancies, and polar bears -- that last takes too much to explain here) focused more on what's generating the newness. Most probably all the shadow work I've been doing for some time. In any case, I can still clearly see those genetically altered parental whales in this dream. They were quite a lovely surprise, as was the breaching baby. Photo art "Leaping Dolphin" (4-15-14 001v4b) 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.