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Saturday, January 31, 2015

GANESH TO THE RESCUE (photo) & A PMS PAIR (two mixed format dream poems) by Roswila


dream one

she has two new caps
to wear and, better yet,
they're in a new style
she quickly packs her old ones
away in a small flat box

then to be quite sure
the old ones won't be found
and an influence
ever again, she shoves the box
way underneath her bed

but it's swatted right
back out by the cat that lives
there most of the time
she pushes it back under
the cat swats it out again

a manic tennis
match ensues, the box lobbed
back and forth
doesn't she get the message:
you just can't hide some things

and more so, that there's not a cat alive
one can force to accept anything

dream two

only once I've reamed
her out her over her unfair
and cold accusation
do I notice the figurine
with an elephant head in my bag

I'd accidentally dribbled crumbs on her head
from this bag, starting her tirade

I wonder what would've happened had I dropped
this hefty Ganesh on her head instead

greater sturm und drang on both our parts?
or instantaneous enlightenment for each?

[two mixed format poems (tanka and two-liners) on two separate dreams of 1-30-15. Dream one: I associate the idea of a cap to the expression "thinking cap." A cat tends to represent anxiety and other difficult emotions in my dream vocabulary. Here I was delighted it symbolizes (at least in part) staying conscious and protecting one's space. Dream two: I was also delighted when the beloved Ganesh (elephant headed Hindu deity) showed up. These two dreams are good examples of intense pre-moon syndrome (PMS) dreams. Though both also have a certain humor to them, as well. As I've said here many times before, I tend to have a hard time for a week or so before a full moon, and more so in my waking life than dreaming one. Once it's full I get better, or as better as I ever am, :-D. This PMS has been not only exceptionally intense but with brief relieving swings out into quite OK. Rather unusual. Note to both dreams: thinking seems to be the common thread; heads are highlighted in both. Photo "Ganesh to the Rescue" (9-5-14 004v9) 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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‘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.


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