A Cleave poem
|I dissolve||like instant coffee|
|and artificial sweetener||in boiling water|
|tasting almost natural||but not really because it|
|becomes me,||infuses my neurons|
|even as I recline backwards||with greater force than caffeine|
|upon my spinal cord||ever did|
|pensively,||even more so than when I|
|drink Black Label Brewed Coffee and||wake up to|
How to read a Cleave poem?
- Read the left hand poem as a first discrete poem.
- Read the right hand poem as a second discrete poem.
- Read the whole as a third integrated poem.
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44 thoughts on “Sugar, or: Cream”
Wake up to write poetry – good one David! Kudos 🙂
💙 Soni 💙 – thanks so much.
❤ thanks, Lauretta ❤
This one is really good. I think it’s the concrete imagery and great verbs (“I dissolve” – so good) that really make it work for me.
✨🙏🏻✨ JYP ✨🙏🏻✨
Love this form David.. that fake sugar will certainly dissolve you-:) 😝
yeah, I know, I know….!
Thank you David🙂
I personally love the sound of brewing coffee
But this instant was necessary
So you can dissolve into writing poetry
that’s a perfect play on words, Abi!