Black Friday

I first saw Cleave Poetry on Ben Alexander’s wonderful blog, so I did a little research. This style of poetry, created by Dr. Phvoc-Tan Diep, is three poems combined into one with two contrasting views. The reader must read the right side of the poem. Then the left side of the poem. Finally, they must read all the lines to catch the entire meaning. I decided to try to write Cleave Poetry in December. I think it might prove to be my biggest challenge—the first poem of the month I tittle Black Friday.

Black Friday

Black Friday/ conspicuous consumerism.

Great deals for gift givers/ a magnificent display of greed

Love stocked on a shelf/a commercial smash and grab

The day following Thanksgiving Day/ running to and fro

Everyone congregating at the mall/ to buy stuff nobody will need

The cold, crisp air giving us the shivers/ it looks like it’s going to snow

Merchants crying, “come one, come all”/ I fell so lost in the crowd

Festive spirit so brilliant and bold/ Christmas carols played loud

A sparkling lighted Christmas tree/ gaudy decorations galore

Remembrance of a past holiday/ lets me know I’ve been here before

Deck the halls with red and green/a Santa sitting on a chair

A cup of hot chocolate to vanquish the cold/ Somehow it isn’t fair

Reindeer can sometimes be mean/ there are so few mysteries left to explore.

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Published by henhouselady

I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

7 thoughts on “Black Friday

  1. Wow, I love the plethora of poetry styles with which you experiment. Such a lovely format and wonderful poem! Black Friday is a great title too.

  2. Wow, love this style of poem. Cleave poetry is just wonderful. And your poem is great. It gives the contrasting view on one line. It stirs my heart quite a bit.

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