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, 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 Cleave Poetry.
Now that December is almost done/I’ll admit Cleave poetry isn’t fun
Three poems rolled into one/ I found myself writing on the run
Conflicting voices in my head/ sometimes I wish I’d stayed in bed
Ideas swirl like little birds/ dreaming of the perfect words
A perfect challenge for this aging nerd/ but the suggestion was so absurd
Opposing points of view to construct/impossible mission that sucked
It’s best to get to the point fast/ this poet might not last
Before the inspirations move past/ tied to the Cleave poetry mast
And I find the ship has already set sail/ mark this month up to a fail
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