30 Dec

Happy eve of New Year’s Eve!

Everywhere I tune in these days I hear people talking about what a terrible year 2016 has been and good riddance to it.

I don’t feel that way at all. For me 2016 has been a wonderful year. Hubby and I are still living together in peace, we visited our distant kids three times, had a fabulous summer holiday, welcomed another beautiful granddaughter, and were spared major illnesses, accidents, falls, fires, earthquakes, storms, and floods.

Poetry-wise it hasn’t been bad either. The number of poems I wrote this year is 97 and the number of times I participated in Poetry Friday is 37.

What’s with all the 7s?

I know! Seven seems to be my little buddy (in addition to those two, there are a total of eight 7s in our address and two phone numbers). Thus when I read the prompt “Write a number poem” in Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet II (a wonderful book for poetry craft and prompts, by the way) I had to choose seven. The threshold of 2017 seems the right time to share it.


Image: Pixabay


It’s not that it is a prime
number of perfection
the completion of an entire week
or that it’s the address of heavenly bliss.

And though its association
with itch and deadly sins fascinate
the reason I fall for 7
is how often it has fallen for me…

so often in address and phone number
I fear one day to find myself
at 6s and 7s to remember
where all those 7s belong.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


What number would you choose for a number poem?

And now I’d like to wish all my Poetry Friday Friends a 2017 so 7-perfect it deserves a 10!
PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Donna (the BOLD) at Mainely Write.


Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Objects, Personal, Poetry Friday


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19 responses to “7

  1. Linda Mitchell

    December 30, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Ha! What a great note….er, number to leave 2016 on! On to 201….7!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      December 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Aw, thanks, Linda! Wishing you 2017 perfection (is that even possible? … well, as close to perfection as it gets) 😉



  2. margaretsmn

    December 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Looks like 2017 is going to be the year for you and your lucky 7. My 2016 was wonderful, too. I’m trying not to get sucked into the gloom and doom. Love the whimsy of this post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      December 31, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Thanks, Margaret! You’re always so positive, I can’t imagine you getting sucked into gloom and doom. Hope your 2017 is wonderful!


  3. Brenda Davis Harsham

    December 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Great one! I hope your seven luck rubs off on me. I could use a lucky year!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. bjleepoet

    December 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Very nice, Violet! Love your 6s and 7s line! Happy New Year to you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Buffy Silverman

    December 31, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Clever poem–and thanks for sharing positive thoughts about the past year and the new one. And wow–that’s a lot of poems for one year!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      December 31, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Buffy! About the poems written, many won’t go anywhere, I know. The joy is in the journey, more than the destination 🙂



  6. Donna Smith

    December 31, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I love messing with numbers and can drive my family mad. I’ll add them up and subtract, or try to make runs of numbers…2017 is so good! 0, 1, 2, 2+1, 7-(1+2), 7-2, 7-1, 7, 7+1, 7+2, 1+2+7! See! So much to do with 2017!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      December 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Wow you are a number enthusiast!. Have a wonderful 2017—however it adds up!


      Liked by 1 person

  7. haitiruth

    December 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Nice! Happy New Year! Ruth,


  8. Kortney Garrison

    January 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Wowzers! 97 poems in 2016. I’m aiming for a very modest 12 this year, but hope to post at Poetry Friday more often than that! Peace keep you in this new year, Violet.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      January 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you, Kortney! It boosted the numbers to write a poem a day in April (poetry month), and some of the things I’ve written hardly bear the weighty label of “poem.” Still it’s the number I counted in the computer cubby where I store such things. I will look forward to visiting you on many Poetry Fridays.



  9. cvarsalona

    January 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Violet, your poem is light and positive so I wish you more delightful “7s” as you enter 2017.



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