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Thursday, July 09, 2015

WHERE'S THE BOUNDARY? (photomorph) & TRIGGER FINGER (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila


he wishes to know
where I got my second pair
of bright pink slippers,
then stands close behind me
as I point through the doorway

the trajectory
of my index finger leads
to a dark salesman
across the wide urban street,
as the man behind me moves closer

"Had my finger been
a gun he'd be dead," I say,
quite blunt but honest,
and honestly not wanting to deal
with this encroaching man behind

he's now very close
to fully embracing me,
the heat between us
engulfing as I take aim
with my finger at another male

"Seriously, he would have been a goner, too,"
I say when the man behind hugs me tight at last

and I realize it's no wonder he took this backward
approach when faced with my itchy trigger finger

[tanka series capped by two two-liners on a dream of 7-7-15. Love it when dream images are puns. "Slippers" can be a metaphor for "slip ups." And that play on trigger finger made me laugh when I woke. Of course, this dream has its serious levels. But the humor made the medicine go down a bit easier as I drafted this dream piece. BTW, I rarely only think on a dream. I almost always write about it, and that's how I get to know some of its highways and byways. Photomorph "Where's the Boundary?" (5-10-13 12650v6) 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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