Sevenling (Have you heard of)
Have you heard of 'Two Truths & a Lie'? Let's give
it a go: My only sibling is 20 years younger than I; I
have lots of gray hairs; I never wear shoes.
Fun, right? Let's go again: I'd never intended
to make my home in Israel; Israel's existence is existentially
important to me; I feel myself part of American Jewry.
Who said poetry isn't fun?
- 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.