Muddied, or: Bloodied

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

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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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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48 thoughts on “Muddied, or: Bloodied”

  1. 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!

  2. Your poem has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In other words, it could pass as a historical narrative? It tells a story.

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