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Thursday, July 16, 2015

FLAME OUT (photomorph) & WORLDS OF WONDER (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


I. The Flaming

where am I? Comic-Con?
this fiery villainess simply
cannot be for real
but she is, and from another
planet altogether, to boot

and she literally burns, a breathing, walking flame,
her touch leaving only a hot chaos of embers

yet all she wants, like
some latter day Pinocchio,
is to be a human
but the vortex of her world always
sucks her right back into burning

II. The Explosion

OK, now he just has to have escaped
from an old Battle Star Galactica episode

there's nothing human
about him, he's made entirely
of a silver metal
that's almost blindingly bright,
in tall impervious pillars

his super power's
that of exploding at will,
giving new meaning
to that old idiomatic
expression "he's da bomb!"

he wanders the streets
leaving wide swaths of brokenness
in his dust-filled wake,
slow-mo-ing himself together
again after each blow up

III: The Clean Up

the old woman arrives
pretty much on time to clean
the messy bathroom,
saying she'll "have to do some
business" of her own first

I catch the meaning
of her phrasing, and as I leave
the cluttered bathroom
say I'll use the time to gather
all the cleaning supplies for her

silently puzzling that,
at her ripe old age, she's still having
to clean up messes

[a mix of tanka, two-liners, and dreamku on one dream of 7-15-15. Here's something I find interesting: fire which is considered male is a female figure, and silver which is considered female is a male figure. I'll explore this later when I have time. Of course, there's a lot more in this dream, as well. Much of it rather familiar so maybe I'll go trolling for new stuff that might be in it, via the Tarot tonight. Not surprisingly, I woke up with a strong urge to do some house cleaning I'd been putting off. And I've actually done some of it before sitting down to this computer, which is rather unusual. Photomorph "Flame Out" (10-26-12 12223ev5a) 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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