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.
(In the example below the stem word is “snow” from the title “The Unexpected Snow”;
the compound words related
to the title are snowflakes, snowdrifts, snowstorms, etc.)
The Compound Word Verse has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:
Rhyme Scheme: aab
Dancing in the Rain
Choking on dust– driving cattle.
Pushin’ them home’s been a battle.
A local Injun decided
he could help so he provided
I’ll be home with my gal to night.
So guess what? It’s starting… all right!
As I ran from the barn my true
love was running toward me through
Dancin’ wet together so free;
each damp and hot… today there’ll be
© Lawrencealot – April 17, 2012