AGAINST THE WALL (photo) & SOMETHING ENTIRELY ELSE (mixed format dream poem) by Roswila
SOMETHING ENTIRELY ELSE
two women treat him
but clearly without even
the least bit of compassion
my own heart aching
for him I watch him try to
engage the more out-
spoken of the two
next to a sickly green wall
he just wants to know, he says, why they're talking
to him this way, all he'd tried to do was to help
the two women slip
away easily, leaving
him standing, shaking
his head, and me with a need
to somehow ease his distress
I move in close sharing that I know how his heart
must be hurting, even if he doesn't know it yet
he looks right at me
and calmly denies any upset
he's so cool that I
think he might truly be about
something entirely else
maybe his process by-passes
the turbulent heat of the heart
traversing only the distant
chilly reaches of the mind
[a mix of tanka and two-liners on a dream of 7-31-15. Yeah, that old difference between feelers and thinkers. However, when an issue repeats itself in my life/dreams, it's usually to take it to a deeper level. This dream hit me hard and deep. And at a time when -- although I hadn't realized it until this dream -- I needed very much to be reminded of this difference. Photo "Against the Wall" (6-24-15 002v2b) 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....".
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.