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Lillian here, hosting Poetics from beautiful Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, ready to have you compound me!

Compound words are an interesting part of the English language. Compounding occurs when two or more root words are joined together to form a new word. The most common are double compound words, however there are some triple compound words as well. In some cases, compound words are hyphenated; in many, there is no hyphen. For example: outdoorsmanship, and jack-in-the-box: two examples of triple compound words, one without hyphens, one with hyphens.

Today, I want you to compound me! BUT, there’s several tricks/requirements to this prompt.

  1.  I want you to choose at least one compound word from the list below to use in your poem. You may choose to use more.
  2. FOR EACH COMPOUND WORD YOU DO USE, I want you to take apart the compound word within your poem. You can do that by a) putting 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) by separating the two halves of the compound word with punctuation. You MUST separate the two root words that make up the compound word.
  3. You may  NOT put additional words between the two root words, and you may NOT add a letter to either of the root words.
  4. In other words, the root words must be used exactly as they appear in the compound word!

Here’s the list you can choose from:

Here’s a quick example of what I’m looking for, using the compound word starlight:
I looked up and saw a single star.
Light my way tonight, I prayed.

I’m excited to see what you do with the prompt. So go ahead and compound me!

New to dVerse?  Need to be refreshed on the rules?

Here’s what to do:

  • Write a poem that includes at least one of the compound words listed above, following the caveats given in steps 2, 3 and 4.
  • Post the poem to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
  • REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your poem that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com).
  • If you do not TAG or include a link to dVerse at the end of your poem, I will gently remind you to add it and then, sadly, if you do not, I will have to delete your post from Mr. Linky. Sorry to be so tough on the rules…..but truly, this is how we extend the reach of dVerse and how you get more readers as well!
  • Finally, we hope you’ll tour around Mr. Linky and read and comment on the posts of others. It’s always nice to get some feedback!

Photos taken on three of our annual stays here in Provincetown. Last one is from our deck yesterday. Same rental property for 22 years. Ptown never disappoints.