Perception, or: Reality

A Cleave poem

you should always
attempt to see in looking at
the canvases the frames hanging
on the walls around you
what they are providing and contextualizing
rather than true reality for
what youโ€™d like your careful perception
to amount to could very well fail you
tomorrow or some day later

How to read a Cleave poem?


  1. Read the left hand poem as a first discrete poem.
  2. Read the right hand poem as a second discrete poem.
  3. Read the whole as a third integrated poem.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

37 thoughts on “Perception, or: Reality”

  1. I think my brain would bust
    And the tension in both
    Left and right shoulder blades would intensify attempting to bring together a cleave
    And at the same time relaxing into reality, accepting what it is
    Without being tantalised by disarming perception

    Well done David

      1. So true…
        I would need the hours though
        Maybe days…
        I haven’t even settled into a poetic voice
        It’s like accepting your age

  2. Brilliant David! โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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