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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.

 

 

Another Rabbit Hole

Of course poets always have something to say. Pithy, profound, wistful, sublime words that stab at the heart and tickle the brain.

But let’s have some fun and take your group poem down a different rabbit hole. I mean, really, there’s an abundance of rabbits in our world, there’s bound to be more then one rabbit hole and more then one way to write a group poem. Right.

Try this.

The assignment: Everybody writes a word/phrase/sentence that starts with each letter of the alphabet.

Adversity keeps me
But why be cool
Cantaloupe pudding
D

Everlasting grief

Feelings spoken

Get the idea?

H It isn’t rocket science

J K L Memories invade my sleep

N On to the end
P Q R S T U Vampires drool

Whole sentences will work

Xeric mummy falls to dust

You write something for each letter

Zombies rule

Then each person brings copies of what they have written – A to Z – to share with the group.

Enough copies for everyone.  From those phrases for A, B, C, etc. from all the poets, everyone constructs an Acrostic poem – picking and choosing the phrases that click. You know, one of those poems where the 1st letters spell a word or phrase like COLD or GOT ANY CHEESE, which by the way, is something my pooka, Chester, wants to know.

“Cheese?”

“You know. Really, really thick cream.”