Written for: Poems of Garden Gnomes
“The sevenling was created by Roddy Lumsden.
This 7-line poem is split into three stanzas.
The first three lines should contain an element of three. It could be three connected or contrasting statements, a list of three details or names, or something else along these lines. The three things can take up all three lines or be contained anywhere within the stanza.
The second three lines should also contain an element of three. The two stanzas do not need to relate to each other directly.
The final line/stanza should present a narrative summary, punchline, or unusual juxtaposition.
Titles are not required. If titles are used, they should be titled Sevenling followed by the first few words in parentheses.
The tone can be mysterious, offbeat or disturbing.
However, with the turbulent weather conditions and the accompanying destruction we’ve been experiencing in the States, I’m asking you to write on the theme of Hope in your sevenling.”
Homes are swept away like children’s toys,
useless brooms broken in the wind.
Hardship of cleanup and loss
faces community, everyone touched
by a common fierce enemy. Neighbors help neighbors.
In shelters, all children connect.
Disasters do not discriminate; eyes hold hope