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 Ugly Christmas Sweater.
Ugly Christmas Sweater
I’m hip as hip can be/ dressed in my ugly Christmas sweater
Nobody says a word to me/ I might as well be wearing a scarlet letter
When I put it on, I feel so free/ the dinosaur theme couldn’t be better
I admire the colorful Christmas tree/ it makes me a real trendsetter
People often stop and stare/ weird looks. I always get my share
At the beautiful work of art/ I’d attract less attention if I let off a fart
I and my Christmas sweater will never part/ Someone should have said from the start
The garment is close to my heart/ a person has to be bold when starting a new family tradition.
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