Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Poem Spark Jan. 7 - 21 - Dream Poems


Salutations fellow poets!

This morning I woke before the sun rose; asleep one moment, completely awake the next. Usually it takes several violent smacks on the alarm clock before I can wake up, and usually I go through my first hour of the morning half-dreaming. I often feel a strong need to complete the narrative in which my dreams have placed me: I must swim to shore, or stand back up after sliding down a hill. Today, however, I couldn't remember anything about my dreams but standing and watching the light slowly paint the horizon a brilliant orange and red created that same dreamlike sense of awakening for me.

So, in honor of sleep and dreaming and the ultimate result, waking again each morning, today's spark is: write a dream poem. It doesn't have to be long or complicated, or short and vivid. It can be coherent or surreal, a narrative or a snapshot. Don't limit yourself. Let the muse speak much as your dreams do: imaginative and surprising both.

To get you started, here are some of my favorite dream poems:

Saskia Hamilton The Song in the Dream

John Berryman Dream Song 1

Michael Collier Birds Appearing In A Dream

Langston Hughes Dream Variations


Good luck!

9 comments:

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Here's one I like:

Dreambergs

paisley said...

i am posting here for the first time... i loved this prompt... thank you......

this is the dream i woke up to today.....

"again...."

paisley said...

i forgot to sign up for follow up comments......

Richard said...

Following on Paisley, and in excellent company, I offer: COUNTRY OF MY DREAM'S MAKING

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Tiel, lovely imagery, as always.

Paisley, thanks for stopping by! I think "I know you are you" is a sentiment that so many of us can easily relate to.

If you like, you are welcome to post your poem to the Poets.org discussion forum, where the poems sparks originate: Poem Spark Jan. 7 - 21 - Dream Poems

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Richard, I like your poem very much. It has an energy that is reflected by the staggered line structure.

As I said to Paisley: if you like, you are welcome to post your poem to the Poets.org discussion forum, where the poems sparks originate: Poem Spark Jan. 7 - 21 - Dream Poems

Muser said...

Thanks for mentioning Hughes, one of my favorites.



http://poetsmusings-muser.blogspot.com/2007/10/dreams-old-fashioned-kind.html

Mechaieh said...

between drowning and floating

Thanks for the links and the prompt!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

muser and Mechaieh,

thank you both for participating! I love to see the poems that grow out of these prompts.