Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 28 July 2018

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 28 July 2018 – Lucky Dip!

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!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Compound Word Verse?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

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. (In the example below the stem word is “snow” from the title “The Unexpected Snow”; the compound words related to the title are snowflakes, snowdrifts, snowstorms, etc.)

The Compound Word Verse has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:

Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b
Meter: 8, 8, 3

Example of Compound Word Verse

The Unexpected Snow

Tree limbs become old fashioned lace;
camillias wear the cold embrace
of snowflakes.

The early snow brings such delight,
though day turns quickly into night
as snowdrifts

capture roads, and pile at the door;
the bitter winds moan tales, the lore
of snowstorms.

Light dances from the gleaming grate
until at last the winds abate,
still snowbound.

Pale dawn reveals a world of white
transformed by nature in the night,
a snowscape.

Copyright © 2010 Margaret R. Smith


Source: Shadow Poetry Editors, (accessed 28 July, 2018)

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Compound Word Verse’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.


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