Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sunday Muse: Wednesday Muse # 12 - Sevenling Poem

I thought for today, I would prompt a poetry form:  Sevenling.  It is one of my favorite forms.  It is a surprisingly easy form and yet it carries a lot of depth.  Basically you are looking at a 7-line poem (two tercets and a one liner) with these parameters:

  • Three lines that contain an element of three.  This could be three connected or contrasting statement, a list of three names or details.  The three things can take up all three lines or be contained elsewhere in the stanza.
  • Three more lines that contain an element of three (can relate to stanza one directly or as a juxtaposition or have not connection whatsoever).
  • Final line: a punchline, a strange twist, narrative summary, or a punctuation mark, of sorts.
No particular rhyme or rhythm or meter are required.  Titles are also not required but if you choose to title your poem, the title should be : "Sevenling:" followed by the first few words in parentheses.  The tone should be mysterious, offbeat, or disturbing, and the poem should have an atmosphere that invites guesswork from the reader.

Here is an example of a sevenling poem written by me:

Sevenling:  Night Music
in the warm summer night
music unites the voices of frogs,
crickets, and cicadas.

stars sing tales of travelers,
and lovers, and magicians,
and lonely folk like me.

And every night they sing just for me.

So let's get writing Wednesday Musers!  It is an easy form or difficult, depending on the complexity of your lines.


  1. Love the prompt! I hadn't written a sevenling in ages.

  2. I haven't tried this. I will see what i can do!

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  4. I woke up this morning at 4:50 and couldn't get back to sleep. So I read Margaret's pretty Sevenling. Yes, I would try. It wasn't so good but I couldn't stop so I added another to have a Sevenling Dual. The whole thing isn't real good but I spilled out my crazy mind. I do that a lot, I'm wishing for a smile. 
    Thank you for bringing this form.