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Friday, March 13, 2015

CLOUD OF UNBECOMING (photomorph) & POST-GLOBAL DISASTER (dream tanka series w/2 2-liners) by Roswila


she arrives in New York's
Grand Central Station, by train
of course, since after
the world-wide disaster planes
exist only in memory

the station's awesome
as always, huge and bustling
with scuttling folk,
just the folk are different,
clothes motley with a carnival air

she continues conversing with her foreign
seat-mate who disembarked with her:

the first thing we did in this country post-
disaster was check all nuclear reactors,

though all we could do
was eye-ball them for any
obvious cracking
I joined those checking along
California's freezing coast

the overall tack
we took in our nation
was to pull way back,
become small, inside and out,
in both hopes and actions

it always was such
a lush world, how sad we only
now appreciate its
delicate checks and balances
when it may very well be dying

[tanka series, with a pair of two-liners tossed in, on a dream of 3-12-15. I can't tell you how many times I've started typing in a comment on this dream and then deleted it. It's a multi-leveled dream, yes, but also in a way very simple, and not necessarily all that "negative" if one remembers to relate to it as metaphor. Ack, just typed more that I deleted as it got endlessly convoluted. Even just trying to explicate its simplest level. Maybe that's a clue to let the images speak for themselves. Omigosh! I just realized that this is being posted on Friday the 13th. That strikes me as both funny and appropriate. Photomorph "Cloud of Unbecoming" (12-11-12 12264v12) 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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