Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Cleave Poem

There is a new style of poem afoot—the Cleave Poem. Dr. Phuoc-Tan Diep created the Cleave Poem as a way of describing his life. Since the word cleave means both separate and together – to cut and to meld—the poem is designed to be both two separate poems and a third poem which is complete when the lines of the two poems are read across the page.

It is a fun and challenging poem to write. First write two poems, one down the left side of your page, the other down the right side of your page. They sit side by side, independent of each other.

The third poem is read across the page, left to right, combing the two poems. This third poem melds the thoughts from poem left and poem right into a new poem—elaborating on the sentiments in the left and right poems—making them one whole poem as if two separate poems never existed.

Here is the left and right attempt at a Cleave Poem. Although punctuation can be used, my ADD kicked in and I said, “A pox on that—No worries—they’ll figure it out.”

            Present                                                                   Past
Embracing the warmth of the sun            I danced with new found friends
Raising our hands in joy                            We laughed amidst our sorrows
The journey forever continues                  As we share our youthful adventures
While time caresses our hearts                Dreams of the future we told
I dance with the love of my life                 While embracing our Coming of Age.

Here is the third poem, cleaving the left side and the right side together.

                                             Perfect

Embracing the warmth of the sun I danced with new found friends
Raising our hands in joy we laughed amidst our sorrows
The journey forever continues as we share our youthful adventures
While time caresses our hearts dreams of the future we told
I danced with the love of my life while embracing our Coming of Age.

Well maybe a couple of commas and periods would be good.

 

 

The Ides of March: A Holiday for Practical Gifts

My new holiday, The Ides of March, is almost here and I can’t wait. My new vacuum, a present from my hubby, is arriving just in time for the annual cat hair shedding season. And since Wednesday is payday, there’s plenty of time for me to get last minute presents for family and friends.

Since this is a new holiday, the rules are evolving. I’ve already declared this is a holiday for un-cool functional items that enhance daily and monthly life. No romance. No fru-fru. No gooshy cards. Here are a couple more rules. Keep in mind, I’m just laying the foundation here. The Ides of March is evolving and is subject to interpretation by the givers.

Okay. Considering the casualness of The Ides of March holiday, it’s okay to give early, on time or late. Wrapped or unwrapped. Assembled or to be assembled. Delivered by UPS, etc. That is it for now. See how simple it is?

I’m looking forward to hearing from folks about the jaw-dropping my-spouse-would-kill-me-if-I-got-him/her-that-for-V-day presents.