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 Cleave poetry in December. I think it might prove to be my biggest challenge—the next poem of the month I titled Looking Forward to 2022.
looking forward to 2022
In 24 hours, it’ll be 2022/ what’s a person supposed to do?
I look at the year with a positive view/ ignore the toxic witch brew
Things are going to change/ when we pay the sorcerers to rearrange
It seems like a fair exchange/ when the rational becomes derange
We want to live in peace and security/ but the people won’t be free
In the normal of how things used to be/ that is not our present reality
Born with basic human rights/growing comfortable degrading slights
Easy days and pleasant nights/ stranded in the dark when they turn out the lights
Gazing into a future brave and bold/ I’m still not buying what’s being sold
The streets may be paved with gold/ never to be enjoyed by the old
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