Trigee and Cleave

Cleave Poetry is a poetic genre in which 3 separate poems are intertwined into one woven poem.
“The word cleave is a contranym, a word with 2 opposite meanings: verb 1) split or sever along a natural grain or line. 2) divide; split. verb 1) stick fast to. 2) become strongly involved with or emotionally attached to. ” Old English Compact Oxford English Dictionary There seems to be a movement to promote the verse form at Wordpress.

The 3 poems are written with meter, rhyme and number of lines at the poet’s discretion. The one requirement is to create side by side poems that can be merged into one poem.

Trigee poems can be found on the internet but the description of the genre came from a forum member who encountered it on another poetry forum. It appears to be the same as the Cleave, a nonce verse in which side by side poems merge into one poem.

Author’s Note:  A characteristic of both is the separation of halve by a string of periods.


Alliterative Acrostic Trigee takes the concept of 3 poems in 1 to another level. It was presented as a challenge on a poetry forum. A three in one poem (Trigee), alliterated and the first letter of each line spells a word. Number of lines, meter and rhyme at the discretion of the poet.

Titan by Judi Van Gorder
Tall tasks talk to me . . . . . . . . . .. . . Ten times over I try
in tantamount with the tax . . . . . . . . to temper tradition
tame and trip thought. . . . . . . . . . . . tell a timeless tale
and tender a tome . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . testament of truth
not terse nor tentative but . . . . . . .. . to be tenable to a tempest
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  Many Thanks to Judi for the wonderful resource PMO provides, and for the excellent  extention of the form with the above example.

Related Form:  See Trick Poetry.

My example   

Done  (Alliterative Acrostic Trigee)

Don’t do it darn it Dad……………….. Darn it Dad, you did it.
One darn drink leads to more; ….. Daddy drank Drambuie
Now smooth and strong is sad, … good sense should forbid it.
Enjoy it on the floor! ………………….. Mommy moaned “Oh phooey.”

© Lawrencealot – September 1, 2014


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