The elements of the Sevenling are:
1. a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines made up of 2 tercets followed by a single line. metered at the discretion of the poet.
3. composed with 3 complimentary images in the first tercet and 3 parallel images in the second tercet. The end line is a juxtaposed summary of the 2 parallels, a sort of “punchline”.
4. the poem should be titled “Sevenling: (first few words of poem).
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Dawn’s clear, shadowed by each day not knowing,
Nothing veiled, I pale sheep mute, come un-dazed;
The alpha wolf’s howl‘s near, teeth crush, tear flesh;
How do you know, when you’ve not been able?
One can’t remain a lamb sobbing, bleating;
The tiger cub’s instincts no fable;
Fresh hope, dim evaded but at what price?
Now, I peer past the burning lights distorted,
Where the sheep and the lambs, are at quiet peace.
The fierce wolves snap, but the tiger cub reaches,
And each lesson teaches —night’s brilliance too.
No more am I lamb, sheep following mute.
I’ve grown stripes, pincer fangs –it’s early days,
Imperfection, growth, it hurts; seek ye first –find.
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