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Trail of Dreams My dream song begins as shadows in the dark. Far off through a misty cloud of restless sleep, a distant spark subdued and soft in the fog of midnight deep. And so I creep into the clouds of my mind to seek, to find. Black, grey and white give way to light at first merging into blues in flight then spreading wide with rainbow colors for my golden guide. There is a river and emerald hills before me, beckoning, "be free". It's now up to me to choose the dreamscape path into the forest, city streets, the sea, or just fly. Explore or play, I'll solve a mystery or splash in this birdbath, the possibilities are as endless as the sky Wake or stay? ~~Judi Van Gorder Dreamsong
Explore the Craft of Writing American Verse The Dream Song at first glance could probably be considered a style or genre of poetry because of the prominent "dream theme". But with more careful examination, the Dream Song is a framed verse form with a specific stanzaic prescription. It was created by American poet, John Berryman's (1914-1972) book of 77 Dream Songs . He continued to write Dream Songs after the book was published and there are over 400 of his Dream Songs in circulation. The poems seem to me to be recordings of Berryman's dreams in verse. They are often disjointed and bizarre although the frame of the poems remains consistent. There is a reoccurring character Henry who as a black faced minstrel is called Mr. Bones. The poems include "wrenched syntax, scrambled diction, extraordinary leaps of language and tone, and wild mixture of high lyricism and low comedy" . Poem Hunter.com. The elements of the Dream Song are: a verse form, the poem is written in 3 sixains, 18 lines. metric, Accentual, usually L1,L2,L4,& L5 5 stresses and L3 & L6 have 2 or 3 stresses. As long as 4 lines are longer and L3 & L6 are shorter, the rhythm is jerky much like the content. rhymed, rhyme patterns vary from stanza to stanza however there are normally 3 rhymes per stanza. a b c a b c a b c c b a, aabccb, abbacc are a few of the patterns. abcbac is the pattern of the stanza below. Dream Song #112 by John Berryman My framework is broken, I am coming to an end, God send it soon. When I had most to say my tongue clung to the roof I mean of my mouth. It is my Lady's birthday which must be honored, and has been. God send it soon. I now must speak to my disciples, west and east. I say to you, Do not delay I say, expectation is vain. I say again, It is my Lady's birthday which must be honored. Bring her to the test at once. I say again, It is my Lady's birthday which must be honored, for her high black hair but not for that alone: for every word she utters everywhere shows her good soul, as true as a healed bone, being part of what I meant to say.