Meandering prose, or: Sinking suspicion

Poetry Partners #11

‘Meandering prose’, by Jim- of ‘TheCommonAtheist’

Winding amidst the valleys
Of life's twists and turns—
Through eddies and pools
Often muddled clarity
Carves out sweet ramblings—

A cleave poem by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

below the heavens, winding amidst the valleys
our mortal experience is one of life’s twists and turns—
of sloshing and thrashing through eddies and pools
across oceans without even the slightest bearings and often muddled clarity
that miraculously seems to suffice us, as it carves out sweet ramblings—
somehow grants profound, existential appreciation grounded in humanity’s naïve, inhibited imagination

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!

List of Poetry Partners

16 thoughts on “Meandering prose, or: Sinking suspicion”

  1. Both of these pieces individually are profound, and cumulatively are even more so, but the way you deftly merged Jim’s poem into yours shows some really fine poetic craftsmanship. This collaboration is not only enjoyable to read, it’s fun to look at, too. *tips cap at David and Jim* 🙂

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