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, consists of 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 Cleave poetry in December. I think it might prove to be my biggest challenge—the next poem of the month I titled Two Days After Christmas.
Two Days After Christmas
It’s two days after Christmas/ and I feel like a louse
Not a creature is stirring/ that includes my spouse
We’re tired from the festivity/ but we forgot all about the nativity
I know there is a reason/ while celebrating the season
For the baby, Christ child in the manger/ we shouldn’t allow Him to become a stranger
Remembering his birth is the trick/ while up on the rooftop click, click, click
Now that party now over and done/ we’re left with the mess
We’ve all had a bit of fun/ but I need to confess
Blessed with the coming of a new year/ I feel a trickle of fear
It’s all over, and I find it hard/ to think about what was left out in my yard
A henhouse lady in a little coop/ dreading the idea of shoveling reindeer pop
Enough is enough already/ time to get our minds focused already
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