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Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE COVER UP (photomorph) & THE HEART OF THE KING (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


the old subway train's
not that crowded as it pulls in
and I rush aboard,
headed to do all I know how
to help the ailing King

I get off the train
at the King's sunlit chamber,
and am relieved he's
so welcoming and alert,
even standing up, tall and straight

he shows me his wound,
or rather the pale stain on
his shirt above it
spread like a dried and crumpled
flower covering his heart

I quickly explain
hands-on-healing to him
as I cup my hand
gently over his hurting heart
to give it much needed Reiki *

he softly comments
on how tall I am, my head
reaching past his chin --
we stand companionably,
my fingers warming on his chest

how strange that I would ever
hold the heart of a King in my hand

[tanka series capped by a two-liner on a dream of 4-15-15. * Reiki = a hands-on-healing method for which I actually have First Degree (i.e. hands on only; the Second and Third levels can work at a distance). If nothing else, I find Reiki -- self-administered or by someone else -- to be very comforting and calming. Back to dreams: I had another rather lengthy dream about a King last night before this one. I drafted a piece about that one when I woke in the wee hours and it's more like a fable or fairy tale. I'll probably post that one tomorrow. A King can have a variety of intense meanings in my personal dream vocabulary, in Jungian psychology, and in The Tarot deck as well. So, all I'll add is "Phew!" Photomorph "The Cover Up" (12-8-09 8549ev11) 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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