General Poetry posted October 2, 2023

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compound word verse


by w.j.debi

Drab earth was thirsty, cracked, and dry,
but promise grew in dark'ning sky
-a rainstorm

Hot lightning cast electric spell.
Hale thunder thrummed. With joy, it fell
-a raindrop

One drop, then two, add several more,
a drizzle, then torrential pour
-sweet rainfall

The ground drank deep and, still, it came.
Small pools appeared to stake their claim

Unveiling slow, shy sun shone bright,
caressing storm's one last delight
-a rainbow



From club notes:

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. The compound words relate to the title and each other.

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

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

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