You’ve learnt how to play me

I thought I was done posting for the day but then I came across a Cleave poem written by Janice at

I liked her first attempt and thought I would give it a try for fun.

The form is unusual. In the end it comprises of three poems in one . I’ve italicised the first one while the second is in bold. Read each separately,then then the  “cleaved” together poem as a whole.  According to Janice, ” in moments of genius, skill, or luck, a writer will manage to ‘cleave’ two contrasting poems.” Not sure how I fared in this regard – you be the judge. This was for fun remember 😃 So here we go:


I’m a pawn on your chessboard

To use as you please. I am your queen,

Move me, but beware of the power I wield

Woo me, if you must. I see you’ve learnt my tricks,

Just realize though, I too have wanderlust,

I am easily smitten, though not beaten,

By knights in shining armour at first sight.

I admire your sharp mind, I will take sheer delight

In how you figure me out when you checkmate me

I’ll accept defeat and you’ll become my king.



If you’d like to try this out you can also visit:

Poet’s Corner has posted a link to the Cleave Poetry Webzinewhich gives the background to the form by its originator.






9 thoughts on “You’ve learnt how to play me

  1. Nice clever cleave poem :). You might want to check your link on my site to make sure others can use it (it looks good but it didn’t work on my phone so I came over another way)

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    1. This is great – thank you. When I have time for testing this, I will. Funny thing is, I don’t even play chess. If I did, I would have had more options. Still, it was great mind boggling fun to do. Thank you Joan😃

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  2. Saw this on adjacent sides of a sculpture, wish I could send pic. It can be read down the left side (which is all you can see at first) or together when you view the sculpture from a different angle. Kind of cool.
    ART IS POINTLESS without passion.
    YOU HAVE TO GO OUT and create art.
    GET AN ACTUAL JOB doing what you love
    AND MAKE A LIVING by being yourself.
    YOU CAN’T JUST LET other people define
    THE REST OF YOUR LIFE and say you will
    BE A JOKE, A FAILURE. follow your heart.
    YOU WILL END UP happy and free, not
    A STARVING ARTIST. love your art and
    CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY by inspiring people
    INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME letting others tell you
    YOU’RE WORTHLESS. You can change the world.

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