Anytime I breathe (A Compound Word Verse)

memories rattle in my chest
and I don’t want to feel this stressed

I’ve lost everything I treasure
and I find no hidden pleasure

under the sheets, I cry at night
caring not who was wrong or right

In an alternate universe
watch us overcome and reverse

in dreams we walk together, and
finally travel hand in hand

Photo by Anastasiya Lobanovskaya on

Grace hosts at dVerse tonight and writes:

For today’s poetry form, we are going to learn about a compound word verse.

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 first example below the stem word is “moon” from the title “Moonlighting”; the compound words related to the title are moondust, moonbeams, moonsongs, etc.)

The Compound Word Verse (3 lines) has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:

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

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

36 thoughts on “Anytime I breathe (A Compound Word Verse)

  1. I love that you dream of that alternate universe, where we can reverse and set to motion what we really want. I want to believe we can make it come true. Thanks for joining in.

    1. I feel like I need more practice with these, but I was finally satisfied with the ending enough to hit publish! Thanks for hosting and introducing me to this new form! 💝

  2. You pulled at my heartstrings with this one, Tricia, making the form bear the weight of loss (and the hope/dream) of love. “Any” was a great choice for these lyrical verses.

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