I lost connection

at the pharmacy

while bombs fell

I worried when

you texted me

good things

you’ll miss

in life

the feeling of being alive

seemed to fall apart

beyond repair

the news broke

your last selfie

my train of thoughts


I switched off

your dreams

and apologised

Jane Dougherty wrote a fabulous cleave poem today, for the silence prompt on octpowrimo.com. Hers made me want to try one too. It turned out to be contagious. SMSaves wrote a very good one, called Working Mind Wanders.

How to read a cleave poem?

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

I guess I could claim I’ve invented a new form, with the title and last line turning the poem into a diamond shape – if your fantasy is rich. I’ve been experimenting with tables before, I suspect I may have written one or more cleave poems before. I’ll search through my site and see if I can add some links or tags, so they are easier to find.

Update: no cleaves found yet, but two table poems, one diamond and one square:
i is a number (I’m not)

19 thoughts on “I lost connection

  1. Pingback: Working Mind Wanders | To My Recollection

  2. Angela van Son Post author

    I notice that I haven’t responded to all of your lovely messages. Sorry! I sometimes get so caught up in reading and commenting during poetry writing month that I forget to take care of my own page.

    It’s absolutely wonderful to read all these again, with fresh eyes, after the emotion of writing the poem (and the insecurity that comes with it, you know what I mean) has subsided.


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