A few weeks ago Raani York tagged Awakenings' sister site, catnipoflife, in the 7-line Challenge...a challenge indeed for both Awakenings and catnip reflect writing in poetic verse. Poetry? Why would one want to read poetry? Let's see...Its imagery can be captivating, its verses often flow with rhythm like music, its history is reflective of oral recitations and songs well before the age of literacy. So, it has been around for a long, long time.
Awakenings, of course, is a challenge within itself. It is history written in poetic verse that spans five centuries from the 17th century to present day 21st century. This bids another question: History? That is in the past, we are in the present. Ah-h-h-h! But, it is the past that laid the foundation and the present that builds upon that foundation to ultimately define the future.
Let's get back to the 7-line Challenge...
The 7-line Challenge provided the opportunity to share 7 lines from page 77 of a published book. In this case, the chosen book was Awakenings from Then 'til Now, thus, the reason for including the 7-line Challenge here. Remember, this book is poetic verse so yet another challenge presented itself. Seven lines will break the rhythm but at the same time, will leave food for thought as to what comes next.
The except below is found within Whisperings of the Past at the end of the 17th century (1600-1699). The pureness of heart, the intellect of the mind, and the spirit of the soul were Puritan beliefs instrumental in forming the foundation for America. Basic principles focused on family, loyalty, and honor to the highest degree.
What poetic justice
Do your words impart?
Are the ways of the world
Really much different today?
Where do you go from here?
Now that I have whetted your appetite, it is my turn to tag 7 other writers, whose works are varied both in product and stage, to keep the challenge going. These are not necessarily poets but writers from various genres. It is very interesting, however, how one might find a bit of poetry interspersed within the most intriguing novel.
Yves Johnson - http://elderyvesjohnson.wordpress.com/
Louise Malbon-Reddix - http://www.victoryroadwellnesscenter.com/blog/
Jeanette Andersen - http://jeanettesandersen.blogspot.com/2013/01/7-writers-get-to-strut-their-stuff.html
Seeta Rajesh Nawagekar - http://seetarn.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/7-writers-get-to-strut-their-stuff-the-seven-line-challenge/
Roxana Jones - http://roxanajones.com/
Carole McKee-Spalino - http://author-carole-mckee.blogspot.com/2013/01/7-line-challenge.html
To those being tagged...
This is your mission: Go to line 7 on either page 7 or page 77 of your manuscript and do a post with the next 7 lines, then tag 7 people to keep the challenge going! This a short and savvy way to see what others out there in the blogosphere are writing.