WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling Winner

This may have been the most difficult challenge I’ve had to judge yet. The writing was so good that more than 40 poems made my first cut and nearly 30 made my second cut. Then, it got really tough trying to narrow down to a Top 10 and a winner. (Click here to read all the entries in the Comments.)

The winner for this challenge is Colette Disford for this sevenling:

Sevenling (Teacher catches child), by Colette Disford

Teacher catches child daydreaming–
wandering mind, carried away,
lost in his own thoughts.

Teacher makes child stare at corner
in cloakroom, hallway,
or principal’s office–

where he can’t help but daydream.


While this sevenling is technically sound (click here to read more about the sevenling form), what I really enjoy is the cyclical lesson found in this poem. Of course, there were several other contenders for top poem, including a 3-part sevenling.

Here is the complete Top 10 list:

  1. “Sevenling (Teacher catches child),” by Colette Disford
  2. “Sevenling (No brakes),” by Taylor Graham
  3. “3 Sevenlings,” by Yoly
  4. “Sevenling (Along Cemetery Road),” by Rachel Green
  5. “Sevenling (I ran away),” by Cate
  6. “Sevenling (You’ve saved articles written),” by Marian O’Brien Paul
  7. “Sevenling (In our orchard),” by Taylor Graham
  8. “Sevenling (Mistress),” by Shalon Davis
  9. “Sevenling (Everyone sighs),” by Daniel Ari
  10. “Sevenling (The three blind mice),” by Tracy Davidson

Congratulations to everyone who made the Top 10 list! And thank you to everyone who participated! It’s so much fun to read through these entries every month or two, and I love seeing the winners show up in issues of Writer’s Digest!

The next challenge should be posted sometime very soon, so get ready!


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18 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling Winner

  1. Cate

    Colette – congratulations! You really embraced the spirit of the form and wrote an awesome poem.

    Marie Elena – thank you so much! Your encouragement meant a lot to me when I first posted my poem, and your continued encouragement is wonderful.

    I can’t tell you how unbelievably excited I am to be in the top 10!!

  2. Colette ;D

    Whoa! Wow! I just peeked in for a prompt and found an exceedingly shocking surprise! Thank you, Robert, and thanks to all of you well-wishers too, and all the other top-tenners!
    I am flat out flabbergasted to be named amongst 8 other true greats! I’m humbled and truly appreciative and this came at a super serendipitous time, as well. And BTW, Poetic Asides is the only place (besides my blog) where I write online because this is the BEST place!

    ;D ;D ;D


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