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sevenling (empire)

sevenling (empire)

how pitiful to watch soulless politicians
clamor for power, grovel
for endorsements, beg for votes

we the people left wanting it would seem
for compassion, liberty, justice
trading trust for lies, vote by vote

was it barbarians at the gate caused Rome to fall, or complicity?


sevenling (the dawn)

sevenling (the dawn)

Eos rises, cloak of saffron, glowing
roses blush beneath the mist from her wet kisses
her fiery passion breaks the darkest dark of night

i rise warmed by the glow of this new day
oblivious to this celestial passion play
grateful for the tomorrow promised yesterday

there's something in the air, conjuring the dawn in afterglow


sevenling (the caregiver)

sevenling (the caregiver)

because i do, and have loved you
for all these beautiful years…decades
through the best and worst, in health, in sickness…til death

vows i didn’t take lightly then
or now, as the piper comes to collect his due
i am a better person for it, because of you

exhausted, not from service, but from watching you suffer

-kat 2023 day two

Another Sevenling on this second day of 2023. 

sevenling (a new year)

sevenling (a new year)

on the first day the sun shone bright,
clouds streamed swiftly on the azure plane
the breeze was unseasonably warm

we closed another chapter, pages
singed with loss, happy milestones, grief…
what a daunting year it was

past midnight, heartache lingers, still, there is hope

~kat 2023 day one

Why a Sevenling? Because 2023, numerologically speaking, is a Universal Year 7. And what is a sevenling? 

the sevenling…
A three line stanza containing three things
A three line stanza containing three (contrasting) things
A one-line stanza that resolves or heightens the contrast

the title includes the word “sevenling” with the given title in parenthesis.

Sevenling (remember) – 27 June 2019

Sevenling (remember)

I remember
life before Alexa,
mobile phones and GPS

and neighborhoods,
kids playing outside
grown ups gabbing on the porch

these days we’re attached to our phones, connected to nobody


The elements of the Sevenling are:
1. a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines made up of 2 tercets followed by a single line.
2. metered at the discretion of the poet.
3. unrhymed.
4. 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”.
5. the poem should be titled “Sevenling: (first few words of poem).

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