Saturday Mix 28th July 2018: Lucky Dip

Thanks Sarah, who tells us “For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Compound Word Verse. The topic is up to you!”

Compound Word Verse

The Compound Word Verse is a poetry form invented by Margaret R. Smith that consists of five 3-line stanzas, for a total of 15 lines. The last line of each stanza ends in a compound word and these compound words share a common stem word which is taken from the title. 

The Compound Word Verse has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:
a,a,b and 8, 8, 3.

I’ve never done one of these before, and found it a tough challenge!
Here’s my effort, which I hope passes muster:

Summer Rain

Too hot, temperatures rising,
No respite or compromising,
Need rainfall.

Heated bodies, tempers sizzle,
Adults lose it, children grizzle:
Calming rain.

Prayers are answered, look above you,
Wishes granted, sky changed from blue:
Grey rain clouds.

Darkened skyline, a bit gloomy,
Thunder echoes, loud and boomy:
Hard raindrops.

Gone in minutes, air is fresher,
Cool and clean, a lift in pressure:
Soft rainbows.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Saturday Mix 28th July 2018: Lucky Dip

  1. Nice first effort. I had never done one before either.

  2. weejars says:

    Well done Di! I loved how the mood in your poem changed so dramatically over the five stanzas! Thanks for joining in the Saturday Mix 😊

  3. JEN Garrett says:

    Oh, that seems like a fun challenging poetry form. I have an idea what compound root I would choose. Maybe I’ll take a crack at that challenge!

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