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 next poem of the month I titled Word Play. If you can’t tell, I happen to be in a creative slump today. I wanted to do some serious wordplay, but the vowels and consonants weren’t up for it. I wish I could blame it all on Word Daddy, but I might be partially to blame.
Words are my favorite form of play/ I have no idea what to write today
I can sit for hours dreaming up a line/ I find it hard to word mine
The words pop onto my computer screen/ creativity can be so mean
And I wonder where the idea came from/ when all I feel is numb
It makes me happy to have a chance/ to take part in this wordy dance
There is a challenge to making a thought clear/ Maybe I should end this poem here.
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