Compound Word Verse

The Compound Word Verse is a form created by Margaret R. Smith which has five stanzas of three lines apiece. Each stanza has an A,A,* end rhyme scheme and an 8,8,3 syllable count. Each third line contains a compound word using one of the title words as the root word.

without fire

windblown mist chills fingers, saps heat
night grows colder and threatens sleet
no fire here

darkness dissolves but cold remains
overcast parts and stars regain
firefly sky

shining to far away others
distant relatives and lovers
fiery hearts

glowing without warmth forget cold
only yearn to be seen and told
firelight song

between chill winds peace can enter
create music and a winter
ceasefire song

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