Poetry challenge Cleave Poem: the entries

I was rather apprehensive about this one, that it was going to put people off. At first sight it looks incredibly difficult to do. And it isn’t easy, however much you practice. But with patience and a fair bit of tweaking, the result can be tremendous. As you have shown.

Veronica Hosking was first in this week with a poem I can really relate to

Cleaved in Two | Hosking’s Blog


Kat Myrman who was bitten by the bug, first with a (completely justified) rant

Let Them Eat Dirt! | like mercury colliding…

then with a gentle poem, melancholic on one side and hopeful on the other

Gone – a Cleave Poem | like mercury colliding…


Sri Sudha K who is still finding different angles to see the painting of the Ninth Wave





NaPoWriMo 2016 | rivrvlogr

This one is deceptively simple, musing on the idea of getting older,  but I really liked the way one half wonders about the future and the other about what is left of the past

Never Really Known | rivrvlogr


Merril with a very cheery title and even cheerier subject matter. Poignant

Slaughter by the River | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

and thoughts on ancestors, somebody’s, and their motivations.

NaPoWriMo: Unearthered | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings


Crow with exactly the kind of dark, elliptical poem you’d expect.

Poem 20160331 – Caw!


Kim from North Norfolk with the first poem about a mammoth I think I’ve ever read.

North Norfolk Mammoth – writing in north norfolk


A new participant, Silver Gardenia with a poem that opens up the universe. Lovely!



Annie another first-timer, sharing a similar theme to Annie’s with a poem full of stunning imagery



Bastet linked to a photo prompt using the cleave form as an option though I can’t navigate my way to the entries. I’m a bit slow like that

B&P Shadorma & Beyond – April 2, 2016 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie


Janice with a poem that reflects on the meaning of poetry

Poetic meanings – Ontheland


A bit of Kerfe madness, introducing us to some great inspirational artwork

Paramecium: a collaboration | method two madness

plus bonus— with a very personal and delicate poem that demands this exact form.

National School Librarian Day | method two madness


Olga with a poem I read over and over. Lovely philosophical musings

Poetry Challenge#24: Cleave Poem | Stuff and what if… Edit


Geoff who is beginning to take this seriously and posting from his blog. Not surprising really. It’s a good poem of two completely different but complimentary halves.

Two into one: will it go? #cleavepoem #poetry | TanGental


Jazzy Towers with a touching family portrait like a two way conversation



Once again I’m gobsmacked. So many good poems here and it seems as though the harder the challenge, the more you get the bit between your teeth and go for it. If you can take it, come back again tomorrow for a new theme.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

15 thoughts on “Poetry challenge Cleave Poem: the entries”

    1. Nope, it’s there. It would be easier if when you post your poem on your blog you linked to the challenge with a pingback. Those links, when I post them work immediately.

      1. That is the weirdest thing! The two links were there when I posted and again when I checked after Sri said one was missing. Now I look and there’s a blank where the second poem was.

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