read write poem napowrimo #14
prompt by Nicole Nicholson you want me to write a what?
Nicole Nicholson has a big challenge for us on Day 14: Write a cleave poem. What’s a cleave poem, you ask? It’s three poems in one.
The whole idea works something like this (quoting the creator of the form, Dr. Phuoc-Tan Diep): “In its most basic form it is three poems: two parallel ‘vertical’ poems (left and right)…[with] a third ‘horizontal’ poem being the fusion of the vertical poems read together.” He goes on to say, “One of my aims was to examine how something can be more than the sum of its parts and can be 3 in 1: synergy, fusion, co-operation, dialectics, marriage, interdependence, teamwork and The Trinity.”
Happy writing! (Editor’s note: A good idea, for those who fear the cleave is too challenging: Try a short one or simply try a form you have never tried before.)
(Yikes! Well no pretense of any poetic quality today! It’s like having a crossword puzzle inside my head, all at once. Did I say yikes!)
the painted snake rolled up an arm why would you to do this to yourself?
curved under, beneath, filling every pore god spoke on the tv in simple terms
flicked its tongue like finding spice no, I mean sitting on the box
for a dollar more, there’s a knife that sure got everyone’s attention
it wraps around to double the point yet, no, he said, that’s not enough
dangerous to ignore I want you to remember this time
the message you meant to say where you’ll see it every day
don’t tread on a heart onto the forehead of each of you
what’s inside of me, like apple core live in peace, my peace
follow you home, live inside of you just as it already is
Neil Reid © April 2010