Poem: Cleave Poem – “Honesty and Lies” #amwriting #poetry



  1. Read the words in ‘regular’ font.
  2. Read the words in bold font only.
  3. Read the poem as you would a normal poem.

Such honest words / words brimming with vitriol,

I give to you, my heart and soul/ pricked by a venomous demonic snake, 

I leave you, all my virtue true/ virtue could cure the poison invading;

But you don’t believe in honesty/ to be rid of such hatred, such turmoil, such rage;

You’ve a game you call ‘secrets and lies’/pain incinerates, but you play on.

No one understands your game/ betting against yourself always, you incriminate.

You’ve set the rules/ I cannot win; I’m the pawn, I’m the fool.

You always score, each game, each set / you judge me; achieving a win, you’re guaranteed not to lose.

 You don’t understand your character flaw / why shouldn’t I try to fight steadfast for your love?

You’ve hubris; I’m afraid of your poetic downfall / the Bard wrote of love, can’t you read those poems?

Words reaching out as if they were / syllables of glass, shattered and splintered;

Creeping vines, ensnaring you / as if they were words, lavish with ardor, enchanting.

Trapping you until you cannot move / safekeeping your person; holding you dear.

Putting you in a sleeping spell, brier rose / I brush back your hair, as the drugged lethargy falls.

With benevolent sorcery, you’re reclaimed / you remain mine; unharmed and kept safe.

Asleep but a moment; complicated lies as clouds drift away / I, wondering why you chose deceit?

I offered you truth, the elder twin first / honesty is all I want to hear,

You chose deception, the younger sibling / I offer us both new life;

Your wicked lies entrap us both / hoping the only lies I hear from you again are white.

I can never concede to a life of falsehood/ there is compromise in honesty to be found.

My vines hold you tight / I’m guiding you, untangling you, from your web of lies.

Until honesty is the only breathe in your lungs/ until we both, only breath the truth of you and I.

©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.


25 thoughts on “Poem: Cleave Poem – “Honesty and Lies” #amwriting #poetry

    • mandibelle16 June 14, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you Vonita. I learned it from a blogger named Annie from What The Woman Wrote, she has wonderful poetry. It’s a bit hard to work out, but the end results are always pleasing 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 14, 2016 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks JR. Cleave poems always take a while to work out, but I’m usually pleased with the end result. Three different voices in one poem 🙂 Enjoy your weekly friend 🌸

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  1. creatingahome June 14, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Until honesty is the only breathe in your lungs/ until we both, only breath the truth of you and I.
    My favorite line.

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    • mandibelle16 June 14, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much. I love cleave poetry, three messages in one are very powerful. But they take much time to write. Happy you liked it 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 14, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you PJ. It’s a wonderful form. A bit of ensuring everything sounds right together. Happy you liked it.

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  2. jademwong June 14, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Fantastic creativity, Mandi! I find poems like these so difficult to do, but so impressive when they’re carried out 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 14, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks Jade. Coming up with the first lines (the regular font) isn’t hard,it’s a bit tricky making sure the bold lines make sense as a poem in itself and with the regular font. But I’m pretty sure you would do well at it 🙂

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      • jademwong June 15, 2016 / 3:17 pm

        Thank you for the vote of confidence. I’ll take that into consideration if I ever do try it lol and it may be tricky but you did a great job! ^_^

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    • mandibelle16 June 15, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you Tosha, but so are you 🙂 if you are every interested in exploring different types of poetry wwwshadowpoetry.com is an excellent place to do this. I learned cleave poetry off another blogger. I’m very sure you have the skills to do it. Thanks again.

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  3. clcouch123 June 16, 2016 / 12:09 am

    The phrase “syllable of glass” is really effective. The entire poem is brave, attempting to rescue and keep the relationship while, at the same time, seeing things as they are. But then, seeing things as they are proves to be an asset in the saving. Emotionally complex work, Mandi!

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