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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