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Creativity Verses Form ~ Septanelle

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

For ‘S’, David selected the ‘Septanelle’ form and the keyword ‘Smiles’.

S: Septanelle

David’s Septanelle

Is a smile true?
Don't trust the mouth to tell.
The wise know it's the eyes that joy comes through.
There's where truth dwells.
Mouths may smile for your sake,
But a twinkling eye-smile can never fake
That shift in hue.

Sangeetha’s Septanelle

It was her smile
Toothless, her first full beam
Straight from her newish soul, her smile beguiled,
Lit up my dreams
Her chuckle reached me first
I couldn't help but smile, our eyes locked in trust
We were a team.


  • Heptastich: a poem in seven lines;
  • Syllabic: 4/6/10/4/6/10/4 syllables per line;
  • Rhymed: rhyme scheme ababcca.

Read all the poems in our series ~ Creativity Verses Form where we explore poetry forms


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