Cleave Poem – NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day One

The prompt was to write a Lune but our featured poet page was my friend Veronica Hoskings and she’d written a cleave poem the day before and because I’d never done one previously I decided to have a go.


for Veronica

If as they say   a poem is

a machine   remembering itself,

is a poem   about to

kick start   splutter

roar loudly   lift into flight

float Mary Poppins like   up, up, fly a kite

out of the hangar   so many destinations

possibly the weather   but let us begin

with a good wind   proceed, one or many

a cleave untoward   we must get used to it

you too are a machine   if you’re a poem

Benita H. Kape (c) 1.4.2016 

Explanation:  A ‘cleave poem’ is a poem in two halves, two separate poems, one on the left, and one on the right, but that makes a single poems when you read them together. No rhymes, no rhythms and no set length. Lune poem was an optional prompt. I chose a Cleave as I’ve never done one before. A Meta poem is a poem that speaks about the poems itself. Likewise I had used that definition for the cleave.