A Compound Word Verse
Raised in trailer by drunk mother, kids treated him like another dumb mudsill. Thinking he'd never be a has, for many years he got by as a mudlark. Resentful, angry, jealous, spurned, ran with the mob, and thus he earned much mudsack. Rose to power by dint of fate, simple folk knew him as the great mudslinger. Ballots counted, he notched a win, though many grumbled he'd won in a "mudslide".
At d’Verse, poets were challenged to try their hands at writing Compound Word Verse poems.
This form of poetry form 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 (3 lines) has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:
- Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b
- Syllable: 8, 8, 3
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48 thoughts on “Muddied, or: Bloodied”
You’ve made this mud shine. Brilliant writing! Well utilized the various shades and meanings. 🙂
🥰 Terveen 🥰
very apt subject for the use of “mud”. really enjoyed reading this.
❤ thanks, Roger! ❤
❤ Jermena ❤ – thanks!
Mud was such a great word to choose, David. I suspect there are many stories like this in politics!
💙💞 Merril 💞💙
Well done. I managed to misunderstand the instructions and used my compound words in the 883 portion of the poem and not at the end. Oh well!
💛💖 Bev 💖💛
I’ve come to expect the unexpected from you …. you never fail to satisfy.
🤍💟 Helen 💟🤍
You muddled my mind with all the mud, David. BUT your verse shines inspite of it! 😊❤️
❤️💝 Punam 💝❤️
Excellent and nearly an accurate picture of US politics! It stings but a mudpack should pull the poison out!
If I had a sixth stanza, that would have been my next compound word 💛💟
Your poem has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In other words, it could pass as a historical narrative? It tells a story.
🤍💝 Angela 💝🤍