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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48 thoughts on “Muddied, or: Bloodied”

  1. Great work with the form, and of weaving an interesting narrative within it. Reminds me of ‘Once upon a time in America’ for some reason.

  2. David,
    You certainly didn’t muddy up this exercise in form, except to make us groan at the wiles of politicians. Mud-marvelous.

  3. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Super …

    PS: From the 90’s till today in India, after the 10th grade students are allowed (forced) to choose an area of specialization
    1. Science (For Bright students)
    2. Commerce (For Average Students)
    3. Arts (For bellow average students).
    4. Dropouts (Hopeless)

    The choice is made based on following (in the following order of priory)
    1. Scope of earning and securing a safe job and the flexibility of changing if the student cannot cope up.
    Science can down degrade to Commerce, Commerce can down grade to Arts and Arts can down grade to Hell ๐Ÿ˜‚
    2. Family aspiration and reputation,
    3. And at last Interest/Ability of the student
    (for more insights on this topic please watch the Hindi movie flick “3 I.D.I.O.T.S” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚).

    Now since I have set the Background, I can tell my joke ๐Ÿ˜‚

    The flow of money in real life:
    Engineers and Doctors (Science students) = > Business Men and Chartered Accounts (Commerce Students) => IAS Officers and Lawyers (Arts Students) => Politicians (Dropouts)

    In short, “dumb mudsill” to “mudslide”. ๐Ÿ˜‚

        1. Joe, I didn’t grow up here (I grew up in the USA), but – from what I gather – it goes like this:

          Up until tenth grade, students in Israeli schools, which teach the state’s core curriculum, all take the same classes, more or less, although different schools may offer some classes that other schools don’t offer.

          In tenth grade, students pick a track, of which there are many (more than four), and different schools offer different tracks, although I believe there are some tracks that all schools offer.


  4. OK–you definitely rocked the prompt, and had some clever fun with it too. You really jelled with this odd form; good job.

  5. There is a bit of darkness and some sadness here โ€” but I liked the read David. I think lately we have too many โ€œmudslidesโ€โ€ฆ ๐Ÿคจ

  6. That is quite a story. Will be interesting to see what happens next to his mudslide victory. Thanks for joining in.

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