One More for the Road


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 One More for the Road. The month has come to an end, and I’m getting the hang of writing Cleave Poetry.

One More for the Road

This restless sinner/ looking out upon the dark winter

Searching for a way to go/the ground is all blanketed with snow

The sky is getting dimmer/ a pot on the stove starts to simmer

My restlessness will start to grow/ best to stay here in the fire’s glow

There are miles to go before I sleep/ the drifts are getting deep

Impatience about to explode/ it’s warm here in my abode

Compromise doesn’t come cheap/ the world beyond my door will keep

The wanderer carried a heavy load/ I’ll stay here and write one more for the road

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

2 thoughts on “One More for the Road

  1. Wow. This poem makes my brain stretch in several ways at once — and that’s just reading it! Writing it must have been a significant challenge! I continue to admire your work very much (and enjoyed echoes of Robert Frost and Johnny Mercer in this particular poem…)

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