Third Eye Celestial by N. Nicholson
Third Eye Celestial by N. Nicholson

This was the second poem written for Read Write Poem Prompt #77: Opposites Attract. I chose the cleave form because it allowed me to juxtapose the two ideas against each other while still having them connected in some way. You can read a cleave poem two ways: down or across. I hope you enjoy.


forget then remember
everything that you know who you are
about yourself there is no question
you were never yours to abuse
to begin with this is sacrilege
you have always been sky carrying coruscating diamonds
being imprinted with someone else’s stars in your indigo flesh
chained cosmos is no easy heartache
a flesh-locked deity you must break open
a wicked case of amnesia must resurrect from the silent void
stars without a reason must learn to shine, for
you are you you are holy
you belong to us beloved
you are divine and irreplaceable

Written 6/2/09
© 2009 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

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About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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8 Responses to Forget/Remember

  1. Powerful write. I think everyone is irreplaceable. If only everyone could look deeper into themselves to see this as you have. Well done.

  2. Almost forgot… I love how this reads as two separate poems or as one. Keep up the good work.

  3. Jessica GC says:

    So honest and vulnerable and brave. I really enjoyed reading this piece.

  4. Annamari says:

    I really enjoy when you write these poems- one can read them as a whole or as two separate poems and they are still amazing…

  5. angie says:

    I love this “cleave” poem! You do it so well!

    and it’s amazing how different it is, depending on which way you read it. This would be a great RWP prompt!! (hint, hint…)

  6. nathan says:

    This form is amazing. “Being imprinted with someone else’s stars” is a fantastic line.

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