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SEE ALSO: TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (photos, realistic to abstract)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GOLDEN SHADOWS (photo) & THE GOLDEN RIM (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


an actress whose work
I like holds a crystal goblet
its rim gold-plated
she proceeds to make it sing
rubbing her finger around it;
an actor I find
annoying looks quite surprised,
he'd not ever heard
crystal sing out musically
in a long sustained warble;
she begins to teach
him how to make it sing brightly,
wetting a finger,
then rubbing it patiently
and slowly, around the rim,
mentioning sadly
that, of course, the goblet will
ultimately break --
wait a minute, my dream
observer thinks, that's not true;
just then the actor
says he's sees no reason why
sound should fracture it --
I don't know what's more surprising,
that we agree or that he understands
how spinning music
from the golden rim can't hurt
the vibrant vessel ...
and yet, and yet, nothing goes on
singing unbroken forever

[tanka series (with no stanza breaks between) on a dream of 4-22-15, & written during my blog break. The actress was an actual one who'd been a long-standing, major player on the old soap opera "One Life to Live" (how about that name for triggering associations). The actor still appears in a major role on the current soap opera "The Young and the Restless" (another name that triggers associations). In a way, life is like a series of ephemeral soap operas. Yet somehow we manage to occasionally make art of it. To make it sing. Photo "Golden Shadows" (5-12-15 003v6) 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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