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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

CROWDED CORNER (photo) & DRAWING THE LINE (dream tanka series w/dreamku) by Roswila


asking for a lift
with my large old quilt's no fun --
swallowing my pride's
never easy, especially
not when he's involved

but I do, and he
doesn't hesitate, saying
yes, of course, just meet
him in a few minutes
by the cottage front door

I take advantage
of the waiting time to rush
off and gather more
stuff of mine that I most want
to take away with me

I'd forgotten
how much I had stored here
the shelves look like
a mini-mart, filled with jars,
boxes, bags, what-have-you

time is short and I
don't want him to think I've gone
ahead without him
I decide to grab the closest
things I really wish to take

ah, shampoo for sure,
and this, and this ... my arms fill ...
no, I draw the line
at chocolates, they stay on
the still cluttered shelves

it seems certain wants
(and maybe even some needs)
best not be met

[tanka series capped by a dreamku on a dream of 3-30-15. This is the dream/poem that got put aside in favor of posting that nun dream poem yesterday. Together, they make an interesting contrast. Yet I also see similarities. One being that sense of moving on. As always, there's a lot more in both dreams (both similar and different from each other) but I'll stop here. Of course, I simply must comment on leaving chocolate behind. Good move, Kelly! On a different topic altogether, does one say "Happy April Fool's Day" or simply pull a joke on someone? I don't have any pranks up my sleeve, so I'll simply wish you lighthearted fun today. Photo "Crowded Corner" (3-31-15 007v2) 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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