2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently at home.

For today’s prompt, write a sevenling poem. Never heard of a sevenling poem? Well, it’s a 7-line poem (chosen because today is the 7th day of the challenge) that features two tercets and a one-liner in the final (third) stanza. My poem below illustrates the form. The first two stanzas should have an element of three in them that can either play off each directly, work as juxtaposition, or have no connection whatsoever. The final line should work as either a punchline, weird twist, or punctuation mark.

Here’s my attempt at a sevenling poem:


she wanted most of all–
two hands, a good heart,
lips with soft words.

she found instead
two cats, an empty bed,
slips of former love letters.

her records always work.


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399 thoughts on “2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

  1. taylor graham


    Angle brackets, binomials of odd
    species; capitalization labels, boldface
    colons: how he spends his days.

    After hours, she sneaks into his books,
    riffling pages with young fingers
    (also called curiosity), angel wings.

    She’s outgrown every pair of shoes.

  2. mrs.mjbauer

    Fouled Out!
    I played basketball
    Up and down the hall
    Bouncing off the wall
    My treasured orange sphere
    Hit my mother’s chandelier
    Now I’m not welcome here
    I’m fouled out!

  3. Mel Lewis


    In the yard stood an ash tree one hundred feet tall
    looking down on two pines by the opposite wall.
    They worshipped his size. They were both very small.

    Then one day when great winds joined beetles and rot,
    the ash struggled to stand but, sadly, could not,
    and he fell to the feet of the pine trees, distraught

    for he’s just four feet tall now his side is his top.

  4. Sharon


    Three more days
    to the moment of truth
    she waited without words

    Fearless in her meditation
    frantic when she stopped
    at peace in silence.

    She would wear the yellow dress

  5. bookworm0341

    “Angel on my shoulder, as I would have taken off”

    Birds tweet as light crystalline
    rushes in through venetian cracks
    faster than I can open them

    It will be so warn outside today
    a great day to take a walk,
    a ride, a hike… do anything

    but darn! I have to work

  6. Nadienne

    Morning Thunderstorm

    Light from a nearby lightning strike
    hurls itself against our bedroom blinds.
    One . . . two . . . three, cra-ack! Boooom!

    The storm pounding overhead,
    you wrap around me like a magic shield.
    You, thunder, and me:

    The right ingredients for making movies.

  7. seingraham

    CRAZY NOT – a sevenling

    She wore an overcoat made of rain
    Slept in nightgowns woven from constellations
    And spent every coffee break with a homeless woman

    By her front door she kept a jar filled with promises
    And her ring-tone was the sound of a loon’s call
    Most nights she played the xylophone for hours

    In encyclopaedias, beside the word eccentric, her picture could be found.

  8. seingraham

    CURIOSITIES – a sevenling

    She was hot chocolate,
    white lilacs in winter,
    and a pink crescent moon

    He was fine Italian leather
    hot air balloon rides
    and rescuing miniature dogs

    It was of paramount importance that the girl band in Russia be released.

  9. taylor graham


    Boarded-up ranch-house, splintered
    saddle-tree, wheel from a Conastoga
    wagon. Enlarged hopes broke.

    The barn’s inhabited now by beetles,
    spiderlings, and termites; its big door
    sagging on rebar and rusty hinges.

    The red-roan sun keeps moving west.

  10. taylor graham


    The elders – jays, woodpeckers,
    ravens – accuse the morning.
    It’s April. Winter should be over.

    Empty out the trash, wash
    the dregs from the cup, rinse
    it with chillest well-water.

    Redemption of wet-green leaves.

  11. Jezzie

    Sevenling (Seven April Days)

    Last week we were deep in snow,
    wrapped in mufflers out we’d go,
    fighting biting winds that blow.

    This week out has come the sun,
    gardening has all been done
    and we’ve all had lots of fun.

    Seven April days or so.


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