Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

FROM THE MOUTH OF THE DRAGON (photo) & A DRAGON DREAM (prose poem) by Roswila


The god-like dragon creature manifests before me, purple with green highlights. He swirls around me, not quite flesh, not quite cotton-candy. I am angry with him. He has numbed my pain all my life. I tell him off, flinging my words like bricks into fog. He has no right to take my pain away. It is all I've had. He chortles deep in his throat, and releases his control of my hands. I am astounded as merciless pain burns them from palms to finger tips. I hold them before me like burning branches. He tells me that the pain I would have suffered in the past would have been far worse. I am humbled.

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[prose poem written in 1986, with a slight tweak today. It was posted here previously in 2006. I'm re-posting it as it addresses what I'd not fully embraced until recently: it's taken me this long to "get it more together" because I wasn't healed and grown enough to move any faster. As I said in my notes to this piece back in 2006, denial has its positive uses. (BTW, another term I use for this god-like dragon is "The Guardian at the Gate." An aspect of our psyches that can keep us from going further until we are ready.) Had I felt all at once what I've felt spread out over the past, say, 15 years, I doubt I would have survived. I would have self-immolated long since. I re-post this piece today as I've recently begun living with a certain lonely, burning intensity (to put it extremely mildly) that I was only vaguely aware of in my youth. A pain that's more than I could have stood to feel back then, along with everything else that was going on as well. Photo "From the Mouth of the Dragon" (4-21-16 002v2) by Roswila]

PLEASE NOTE: in most browsers you can click on the above image for a larger version. Also, the photo accompanying a post is not necessarily meant to illustrate it, but to reflect some small, even slant aspect of the verse, similar to Japanese haiga (illustrated haiku).

There are many other sorts of posts on this blog. I indicate which are about or influenced by dreams. Some non dream focused posts are book reviews, "regular" poems (some by other writers, as the above is), scifaiku, writing exercises, Tarot haiku, photos, haiga, and so on. However, most of those are in much older posts. There's a listing by month going back to early 2006, at the end of the sidebar.

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until next time, keep dreaming,

[a/k/a Patricia Kelly]
**** 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 other blog (dedicated to her photos only, i.e. no poetry or other writing; daily post)


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