Recently I found myself reading some poetry that nudged the curiosity bone, which for those who don’t know is deep within me. This style of Poetry is called a ‘Cleave’
And here is where I read that first one , Jane introduced it on her site, which is well worth following.
First off I will not pertain to be an expert or even an apprentice of the art of writing a ‘Cleave’. I rank as an amateur, to say anything else would be a blatant lie.
The link below explains the Cleave in its entirety. But I will give you a brief description in Ellen speak.
Cleave: A verb, which has two different meanings. It can describe cutting or splitting something apart with a sharp instrument, or — oddly enough — it can describe sticking to something like glue. (The definition I found in my tatty dictionary on my desk, I think it is a Collins but it’s long since lost the cover and string holds it together; so I can’t accurately attribute it to Collins).
As the word suggests it is a poem cleaved apart, to be precise it’s three. Once constructed the left hand side is one poem read vertically, the right reads vertically as another, glued back to read horizontally it is as a third poem.
“Am I the only person that did not know this form?”
“Do you write Cleaves?”
“How about we all try one and see how we fare?”
I hope to see enthusiasm for this especially as I usually run and hide from formal poetry and this isn’t. A Cleave sits betwixt and between the freestyle I know and love, and the Haiku that makes me tremble.
Okay here goes, below is my first bite at a Cleave.
Her hair she brushed / one hundred strokes
Until it shone of gold, / having suffered for her beauty.
She tied it with a strand of silk/ Eleonore preened half the night
Creamed her skin with Mothers milk/ in preparation of her duty.
Her eyes were of the brightest hue/yet a smile false and tight
Not a glimmer of desire /no kindness did it show
As cold as cinder in the fire/as a torch without its amber glow.
Please go and see it wearing its party frock on my blog.
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