This Dream Haunts the Day
Dreamed 1999 by Roswila [aka: Patricia Kelly]
[Editor's note: Roswila originally posted this dream-poem to help demonstrate three ways of handling dream-poetry. This one illustrated her third approach, described below]
This is the method I most commonly use. Working from memory, i.e., no reference to the original dream transcript, I begin writing a poem about a dream or dream image that has kept me intrigued. I will occasionally leave out parts of the original dream that seem unnecessary to the poem as it is unfolding. This third approach tends to yield a partial "interpretation" of the dream or dream image of which I was not previously aware. [In the] sample poem, the writing process produced the insight in the last stanza.
THIS DREAM HAUNTS THE DAY
Others try to free her father
Her father wishes she would
Her young dark-haired suitor
Aghast, she smacks out the flame
On waking I regret my act:
By the way, I've found not every dream I attempt to base a poem on or try to re-enter, lends itself to these sorts of explorations. Yet just trying can sometimes reveal a useful insight into the dream.
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