Warm love, or: Glowing memories

A Cleave poem

in the form of two Shadormas

Chanukah festival
with bright atmosphere permeating through ~
filling our Jewish homes;
children’s hearts; families
has left glowing memories held together by warm love
lasting forever across gen’rations

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.


  • The Shadorma is a Spanish poetic form made up of a stanza of six lines with no set rhyme scheme (rhyme is optional); 
  • It is a syllabic poem with a meter of 3/5/3/3/7/5;
  • It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt.

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!

54 thoughts on “Warm love, or: Glowing memories”

  1. David, I love the cleave poem featuring the two shadormas! I think sharing our cultural traditions through poetry brings our community closer together. I feel the love and warmth of your family in this poem. It’s perfect for all of the December holiday traditions. Thanks so much. ❤

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