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Thursday, February 05, 2015

FADING OF THE LIGHT (photomorph) & UNTHINKABLE (dream tanka series) by Roswila


my good friend's sister
and I watch the T.V. drama,
we've not seen the play
before and when it comes to
a death we both choke back tears

the main character's
mother, still youthful looking,
dies with her daughter
at her side, her Clara Bow lips
deeply blue with death's shadow

I turn to this sister
sitting beside me, seeking to share
what we're each feeling,
before I can say more than "How sad..."
she fiercely changes the subject

sigh, this will not be
the first time I've swum through shared
feelings in silence
and she clearly finds the risk
of expression unthinkable

[four tanka on a dream of 2-4-15. Just in case it needs pointing out, note the layers in this dream that put distance between the "I' and the dying mother. Seems I'm as unwilling to risk direct experience in my own way as that friend's sister. The "I" isn't even directly connected to the other woman, she's someone's sister. However, I see this dream to be more about how when we don't express the necessary, we die a little. Which puts me in mind of what the haiku master Basho said: "Before the light which all things give off dies in the heart it must be expressed." Photomorph "Fading of the Light" (2-3-15 001v9) 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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