NaPoWriMo Prompt 22

By on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog

Seven small lakes in the Rila Mountains

“Seven Rila Lakes in Rila Mountain” by Filip Stoyanov (

In order to keep things interesting, on Day 22 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, “S” is for “Sevenling.” This is a seven-line poem with no set rhyme or meter but with specific line requirements, as follows, from the Wikipedia page on the form:

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.

The first three lines should make up the first stanza, while the next three make up the second. The final line stands alone as a separate stanza. Further, according to the entry on the form, “Sevenling should be mysterious, offbeat or disturbing, giving a feeling that only part of the story is being told.” You can read an example on the page linked above.

Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments.

The NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days during the month of April. For more, visit the official site,


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.