Genus, or: Species

A ‘Septolet’

"Invincibility points" 
provide Ukrainians
shelter; warmth; 

Kyiv Zoo's 
gorilla receives 
a wood-burning stove.


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

22 thoughts on “Genus, or: Species”

  1. Can you believe that the old technology has come to tge rescue of the 48 year old.
    I love this form you used to juxtapose the invincibility points.
    I would be brave to say I would try it out my self.
    It’s easy to find 14 words, shaping a thought and moulding the characters are not so easy.
    Simply heartwarming to read these invincibility points in a city that is shelled up to 100 times in a day.

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