Today's form comes from the mind of Jane Yolen. A septercet is her newly invented form, a modified tercet. An actual tercet is composed of three lines of poetry, forming a stanza or a complete poem, though this one also has a line syllabic count of seven.
Here's an example.
“The wild can be human work.”—Helen Macdonald
The wild can be human work
If we reset the balance,
Keeping our thumbs off the scales.
If we bring back, return things,
Not just take it all away,
The wild can be human work.
Restoration is hard graft,
Almost more than creation,
Which is why God needed rest.
But we humans dare not rest
Till we’re done with restoring:
Eagles in their high aeries,
Whales singing in their sea lanes.
Wolves commandeering forests.
All the wild come home again.
©2016 Jane Yolen. All rights reserved.
Cool, isn't it? I love syllable counting, so this should be fun. I hope you'll join me in writing a septercet. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.
And thanks to Jane for sending this and allowing me to share it with you!