Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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

Sunday, July 03, 2016

PHANTASMAGORICAL (photomorph) & PRAYER TO THE WIND (dream inspired, free verse poem) by Roswila


it's said that here, way out west,
they call you Mariah,* but whatever your name
I cry out to you from my becalmed mind
that cannot move beyond its obsession,
cannot dump its useless burden overboard
to plummet and drown in the depths

and worse yet, cannot stop the actions
of the body in which it's stored
below decks like a shameful secret,
cannot prevent the continuing efforts
to manifest what is not happening
no matter all the tip-toeing barefoot
across creaking floorboards
crusted with dried tears and shedding
knife-sharp splinters, to raise
artful but painfully ineffectual plans
like sail after empty sail

Mariah, whistle or rage or howl down
through my mind's narrow passages
and blow away the crowding fantasies
and yearnings as if they were
no more than spider webs stuck
to my dry and thirsty soul,

be the herald of a cleansing rainstorm

[free verse poem on dream fragment of 7-2-16 (posted 7-3-16). *A reference to the song from the musical Paint Your Wagon, "They Call the Wind Mariah." I was singing this song, on and off, in my dreams all night, though I don't recall anything of the dreams other than the singing. BTW, this poem is ninth in a "Prayer to..." series, all posted here (Prayer to the Sun, ... to the Haze, ... to Empty Moments, ... to An Other, ... to Surrender, ... to Deep Sadness, ... to Pain, and ... to the Left Brain Interpreter) so just search by title (search box is in the upper left of this page) if you're interested. Photomorph "Phantasmagorical" (5-2-16 002v4d) & Poem by Patricia Kelly (C) 2016]

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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