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Monday, February 23, 2015

LIGHTING THE WAY (photomorph) & THE MORE THINGS CHANGE (dream tanka series w/2-liner) by Roswila


as Yogi Berra said
deja vu all over again:
there's plenty of room
on the white sand beach for folk
and their paraphernalia

I carefully choose
a spot for all my stuff
near the lifeguard
then wander unencumbered
toward the ocean's lacey edge

but the surf's way too
close, too much beach dragged away
in last winter's storms
or is it just an extremely
unseasonably high tide

I turn back around
to head up to my blanket --
the mountainous beach
rises before me, so bright
in the sun it hurts my eyes

not this, too, again!
I've lost count of how many
times in dreams I've been
hotly faced with this same climb
up a crumbling wall of sand

as another old expression goes: the more
things change, the more they stay the same

[tanka series capped with a two-liner on a dream of 2-23-15. I was aware as I was dreaming that I'd dreamed it all before, many times. Things have been slightly different in each dreaming in their details, but not in what they are. And the detail that I find interesting here is the thought that it might be an "unseasonably high tide." Which in itself could very well be the point of the entire (re-)dreaming. Photomorph "Lighting the Way" (1-16-10 18995ev5c) 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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