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 this style of poetry for December. I think it might prove to be my biggest challenge—the first poem of the month I tittle Word Daddy’s Complaint.
Word Daddy’s Complaint
I’m the Henhouse ladies muse/ she claims I have a short fuse
My job is to inspire and direct/but I never get ‘no respect’
The work is hard and hours long/ she’s always talking strong
I put in a lot of time these days/ and I need a doggone raise
I’d like to set her words on fire/ my muse license is about to expire
With a beauty that reveals/ I have costs and I have bills
I have a certain amount of creativity/ I wish she’d listen to me
I’m very seldom wrong/ I can’t work for a prayer and a song
I’ll admit at times I refuse/ to sing the inspiration blues
A train of thought and misdirect/ but no muse is ever perfect
Right now she’s in a poetry phase/ walking around in a haze
Words come hard and strong/ I try to tell her when she’s wrong
Trust me I’m a muse that’s his dues/ that’s why I have a very short fuse
And I want to get paid.
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