To believe, or: Heaven leans on earth

Enjoy the Cleave Poem, done with two Shadormas — by David

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A Cleave poem

in the form of two Shadormas

as I agerhythms shift
over endful dayswhetting my senses
transformed bya wisdom
existingbeyond me
in the perceived universecalling unrelentingly
I’ve come to believeheaven leans on earth

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 lineswith 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.

Poets were encouraged to write syllabic poems on the theme of “lessons from nature”.

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