Core, or: Seeded

Sevenling (Fine, fine.)

Fine, fine. You want to know? He was 
more noble; more brilliant; and more athletic than me. Just...
more, more...

All of the above is true, but I was always the better
communicator; the more imaginative one; 
and much more introspective (or perhaps just self-absorbed).

An apple lying in the shadow of its tree.

The sevenling


  • Lines one to three should contain three connected or contrasting statements, or a list of three details, names or possibilities. This can take up all of the three lines or be contained anywhere within them.
  • Lines four to six should similarly have three elements (statements, details, names, or possibilities) connected directly or indirectly or not at all.
  • The seventh line should act as a narrative summary or punchline or an unusual juxtaposition.
  • While there are no set metrical rules, because of its form, some rhythm, meter and/or rhyme is desirable.
  • The visual structure of the form is two stanzas of three lines, with a solitary seventh line last line.


  • Titles are not required. The original convention was to title the sevenling: “Sevenling (followed by the first few words in parentheses)”, but the form has evolved to other title conventions including dropping “Sevenling” completely from the title.
  • Sevenling should be mysterious, offbeat or disturbing, giving a feeling that only part of the story is being told.

17 thoughts on “Core, or: Seeded”

  1. I like sevenlings and this one is good. I suspected an apple connection from the picture but loved the last line anyway! It would have had more of a punch without the foreshadowing…

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