In English we learned that the word cleave has two very different meanings,
one of the only words in the language that does, in fact:
the verb cleave, which means to split irrevocably in two
and brings to mind images of axes and trees, or maybe
the way that certain minerals fracture, depending
on if you took earth science in high school,
and the verb cleave, which means to come together,
to come irrevocably together, an older meaning of
the word, the kind that was used in the book that we
a man should separate from his parents and cleave to his wife
which is an odd sentence because the word separate
could really be replaced by the word cleave.
Cleave from his parents. Cleave to his wife.
Even its definition is both cleaved and cleaved, the same
word, two different meanings, forever separated but
forever tied together by six letters, round and whole,
complete in and of themselves, like the man’s
wife, or each parent, one or the other, before
they were whisked together and whisked apart,
before any sort of cleaving.