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Dream Haiku

This is a new list--a subset of dream poems. Not just haiku here--any sort of ultrashort dream-poem. I didn't pick a cutoff number of lines, words or syllables; more by feel. If it's short and lyrical, not narrative, it's here.

Not quite all entries here are poems. There's a long how-to article by Roswila and a couple of Kerouac's dreams told in prose that include short poems.

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AFTER HE DIED: by Jane O. Wayne, 1990?, a dream-poem fragment
After he died, I dreamed that the phone rang and when I said "hello"...
AFTER THE BANG: by Wayan; 2001/5/16, a poem on the World Dream Bank.
The Big Bang happens, you're inspired, you make something of it... then what? The Big Whimper?
AIRPLANE WITH BORN: by Catshall; c. 2014/11/8, a double dream-haiku on the state of American politics?
I dreamt of an airplane with born again pilot. I challenged him: "just because you're rich doesn't mean you can run things"...
ANOTHER DREAM OF BURIAL: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; poem of recurring dream
The garden varies, but I have always turned away and walked into the whole world. So far...
AT A CALIFORNIA CAMP: by Jack Kerouac, spring 1955, a nuclear testing nightmare
My family and I are prisoners in a camp that will be H-bombed so our remains can be studied. I write a Buddhist poem preparing for death...
CAUTION: GOVERNMENT ATROCITY THAT LATER TURNED OUT TO BE... KINDA REAL
BAREFOOT: by Catshall; c. 2014/12/14, a dream-haiku on the drought
I dreamt I walked barefoot on newly fallen snow...
BELIEF IS GRIEF: by Wayan; 1992. A two-page picture-poem
Anti-ideological rant calling experience water and belief... ice.
BOB THE TREE: by Catshall; c. 2013/6/21, a dream-haiku on our marriage
I dreamt Bob was a tree-god enthroned in ivy. I said...
BREAK / FAST: by Roswila; c. 1987, a poem of a predictive dream
My friend stuffs a broken feeder with birdseed. I worry it'll attract too many wild birds. He laughs "Exactly!"...
BURMA SHAVE: by Wayan; 1982, a poem on dreams.
If you dream, don't drive. If you drive, don't dream. A public safety message from the other world.
BUT OUR CAT...: by Wayan; 1974/2/7, a dream haiku
I'd just gone off to college. I dream I'm back in my quarrelsome family's house--as they start World War Three in the back yard! But our cat...
CAT WHO TURNED: by Catshall; c. 2014/9/29, a dream-haiku
Dreamed of a cat who turned into a man. when you rubbed...
DANCING BACKWARD: by Roswila; 2007/5/21, a punning dream-poem
I just watch as all the dance students practice the jive step. I think I already know that one...
DARE: by Catshall; c. 2013/6/13, a haiku on an incubated nightmare
I challenged my dreams to hit me with their worst. And they did...
A DREAMKU PRIMER: by Roswila; 2007; how-to guide to dream haiku
Distilling a dream to one key image can clarify it. But don't be ruled totally by traditional haiku form...
DREAMKU, JUNE 2006: by Roswila; various dates up to June 2006; thirty dream-haiku
Daily dream-poems in haiku style, nonstop for a month. A flood of animals, revenant ghosts, sex changes...
DREAMKU, SEPTEMBER 2006: by Roswila; thirty dream-haiku with various dates from 1960-2006
One dream-poem in haiku style each day for a month! Ghosts, snow, penguins, yoga babies, elves who leave their tree...
DREAMKU, JANUARY 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to January 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
A month of dreams full of science fiction: galactic navigation, spacedragons, oppressed fairies, alien love...
DREAMKU, MARCH 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to March 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
Dream poems laid out like a calendar. Themes? Horses, camels, abused girls, vampires--all want their freedom...
DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku but some longer
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
DREAMS IN WAR TIME: by Amy Lowell; c. 1917, a chain of seven small dream-poems
Terse dreamlets quietly catch World War I's effect on civilians far behind the front. Who died in the trenches? Faith...
FIBONACCI: by Wayan; 2011/4/18, a dream-poem with answers
My friends are all computer programs. But then, so am I. But it's not so bad, because...
CAUTION: DREAM-PUNS
FRISCO GONE: by Catshall; c. 2014/10/23, a nondream haiku on a flooded city
old Frisco gone, high-rise condos obscure the view: hives for techie...
FROG: by Wayan; 120K, 2000/4/19, a narrative digital picture-poem
I was single and tired of kissing frogs. Then I realized--I AM one. Or worse: a pretentious polliwog...
GOD DRESSED YE, MARE: by Wayan; a Christmas carol misheard 1968/12/25 & drawn 2008/6/28 ; surreal comix
At 15 I misheard God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen and liked my version better. "Lit muffin, rude Esmé"...
HER GESTURED ROUTE: by Wayan; 1984/6/16, a dream poem.
How's it feel to be an anima off the job? Is it lonely, when no one even believes you're a real person?
IS A SUN: by Wayan; 1991? Digital nondream picture-poem.
Poem by Emily Dickinson on fighting depression, which I get when my neuroallergies are severe...
KISS THE CATS: by Wayan; 2008/8/23, a dream poem, Dreamverse #13
I have to kiss a mess of cats. Fishy, but I'm not chicken. My real beef is with the humans watching...
LITTLE DEVILS: by Roswila, 2007/10/30; a dreamku
A dream haiku of little devils dancing the conga. What's it mean? Well, check the date...
LOCKED ROOM: by Catshall; c. 2014/10/6, a dream haiku on a classic Jungian dilemma
Dreamt of locked room, door-knob fell off in my hand when I...
MAN TRIUMPH ANT: by Wayan; 1990, a lost typographical picture-poem
The image got lost, but the words survived, so here's the poetic saga of an ant that left th' farm...
MOVING: by Roswila, 2007/10/13 and 2007/10/23; a recurring dreamku
My dreams support a radical break from my past--to let go of possessions and friends in a cross-country move...
MUTT HUNCH: by Roswila, 2007/11/13; a dreamku
A dream haiku telling of a dog-pack saved by the intuition of a mutt with a mangled ear...
MY DREAM NIGHTJOB: by Jack Kerouac, late 1956 or early '57, an outa-the-mouths-of-babes-revelation dream.
First I commute to my dreamjob on a four-story bus, then I my baby brother (who I wouldn't give any chocolate pudding) utters a new poem by William Blake...
ON BEING NEEDY/NEEDED: by Roswila; February 2002, a dream-poem
In her kitchen she offers me shortcake. She's short herself, for she gives her all to everyone--only a bodiless head is left...
ONE-EYED BOY: by Roswila; 2009/4/5, a dreamku on the limits of desire
You'd think his Christmas wish would be "a new eye"; well it was, in a way...
ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER: by Wayan; 1980/12/15, a dreamsong.
Kate Wolf sings that ads are way dirtier than porn. But my memory slowly twists her message...
THE OTHER PILLAR: by Roswila; 2007/12/9, a double dreamku
A kinky seduction slips into something more uncomfortable: the Qabbalah? Or possibly leather...
CAUTION: EROTICA OR ESOTERICA?
PEGASUS LANDS: by Roswila; early 1990s? A collaborative haiga [picture-poem] of a dream
Haiku by Roswila of a dream of meeting a winged horse, illustrated by her late friend Janet...
PLUM CRAZY: by Wayan; fall 1973, an early surreal but nondream poem
Plums float through the autumn air, sending us airmail kisses. If we'll accept delivery...
PURR: by Wayan; Sept. 1981, watercolor of a dream.
I dreamed our family's black cat Persephone had to make a life-decision...
RIDING MY UNICORN: by Wayan; 1993? Digital picture-poem of incubated vision.
I'm single and feeling shy. So I asked my dreams for an image of my true love, and got...
CAUTION: SEX
SKY-THAW; 2012/6/8 by Wayan; a comic, surreal, political dream-poem
While watching two rooftop actors (one a chicken) I noticed the icebergs in the sky were melting at last...
SNOWDRIFTS: by Catshall; c. 2014/11/5, a dream-haiku on the drought
I dream of snowdrifts too deep to get back home, even though...
STEPMOTHER: by Catshall; c. 2014/9/24, a dream-haiku about revenants
I dreamed my stepmother moved in with my dead grandparents...
SURFACE TENSION: by Roswila; 2007/12/8, an anxiety-dream poem
Skimming over the lake on surface tension as two sharks prowl beneath, I'm not sure who's fishing for whom...
TACKY IS AN ANGLO IDEA, or, NEW BRACELET!: by Wayan; 1983/6/22. Bicultural nondream vision
I like bad taste. Taste always tasted like another Anglo conspiracy to keep me from having fun...
TWENTY-SIX LETTERS, or, A Complete Summary of Poesy; early August 1992 by Wayan and Cory; a haiku slam?
You get 26 dice with letters on every face. Roll them all. Your haiku must use every letter. Go!
AN UNPRODUCTIVE SQUIRREL: by Wayan; 2013/11/27, an advisory shamanic dreamlet
I meet a giant squirrel. But a Committee condemns the squirrel for such long periods of unproductive hibernation. The squirrel points out a teensy flaw...
WITHOUT KNOWING: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; a dream poem on flying
I was flying south so it was autumn, numberless autumn with its leaves already far below me...


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