Working Mind Wanders

This is a cleave style poem. It’s three poems in one! Please read the left justified lines first to the end, then the center lines to the end, then put it all together.


In a meeting

I breath

I sit and write

my dreams

to stay engaged

but my mind wanders.

It’s a fridge in here

I can’t settle down.

I keep the teeth chattering to a minimum.

I want to scream

Keep writing,

howl to the moon,

double underlining,

dance in the yard.

It’ll be over soon

The end is near

My eyes start to close

I begin to drift

I fall asleep.

I wake up.


A cleave style poem. It started this morning with Jane Dougherty’s cleave poem “Silence Broken” (safe for work) then Angela van Son wrote one, “I Lost Connection” (also safe for work).

Must be contagious.

I hope you will visit Jane and Angela as well as the other poets and writers taking part in OctPoWriMo this year.

Thank you for reading!


10 thoughts on “Working Mind Wanders

  1. You really got the two-handed contrary effect! Thanks for the mention, and sorry to be late replying we lost internet again a couple of days ago and it’s flashed on again for the moment. Trying to reply to comments before we lose it again.

  2. Pingback: I lost connection | Unassorted stories

    • It is a fun structure to play with. I wasn’t sure how to approach it so I drew a line down the middle of my page and drafted on both sides until I got something that. I look forward to see what you come up with.

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