Dawn, or: Twilight

A Cleave poem

In the form of two Tankas

tall, frosted windows reflecting dawnโ€™s rays
as the horizon lights up deep purple morning glories
under cotton clouds opening to rain
marking the autumn season harbinger of winter chill
look upon a dull, brown world spelling tender petals’ ends

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.

d’Verse Open Link Night #327

I am sharing this poem for OLN #327 I wrote it almost exactly one year ago, while experimenting with ‘cleave’ poetry.

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!

51 thoughts on “Dawn, or: Twilight”

  1. I like so many poems, thoughts, stories, shared here, but I have to say, the Cleave ones? Ahhh…don’t they intertwine and yet weave so many possible universes in one short go, I have ‘food for thought, muses for dreaming on’ for DAYs on END from one of the posted Cleave poem forms & collaborations – ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

  2. For me it seems like you just have the knack for the cleave to fall into place and that the flawless imagery come together and know their seating in your mind.
    Itโ€™s magic
    The morning glory, surely smiles tossed and twirl in the light of dawn and dusk.

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