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 Cleave poetry in December. I think it might prove to be my biggest challenge—the next poem of the month I titled Gym Membership.
I used to walk five miles a day/COVID-19 got in my way
I need to start doing it again/the weight battle I can’t win
They say I need a gym membership/because I like my cookie and chip
So, I took myself over to the Y/ I should give exercise a try
All the equipment made me sigh/ when I sweat, I start to cry
I want to try a metal machine/ I’d forbid this torture if I was a queen
I walk the track 20 times instead/ if I stay much longer, I’ll end up dead
I ride a bike and get nowhere/ I’m starting not to really care
I think I might leave here soon/ even if I bloat up like a balloon
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Your poem made me smile in all three forms. I especially enjoyed the line, “I’d forbid this torture if I was a queen.”