Staged, or: Busted

A limerick

The young thespian's tears stole the show;
Offstage, though, they continued to flow,
for at one unlucky junction,
her wardrobe did malfunction,
and two thick socks flew into the first row.

d’Verse prompt: Compound Me!

At d’Verse, poets are encouraged to choose at least one compound word from the list below to use in their poems. Following this, poets are instructed to take apart each compound word they select within their poems.

Poets may either a) put the first half of the compound word at the end of a line and the second half of the compound word immediately at the beginning of the next line, OR b) separate the two halves of the compound word with punctuation.

Poets may  NOT put additional words between the two root words and may NOT add a letter to either of the root words. In other words, the root words must be used exactly as they appear in the compound word.

Here’s the list of compound words to choose from:

  • crosswalk
  • handshake
  • armpit
  • underestimate
  • goodnight
  • honeydew
  • earthquake
  • cartwheel
  • moonlight
  • showoff
  • waterproof
  • moonwalk
  • nightlight
  • midnight
  • hotdog
  • daytime
  • starfish
  • sunburn

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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