She becomes the sun in his world.
Dazed, stunned, smitten. Emotions whirled.
Fierce sunbeam.

Parhelion in mocking sky,
her beauty shines to mystify.
Burned. Sunstruck.

Moist tempting lips smile to ensnare.
Hips beckon, sway in daylight’s glare.
Felled. Sunstroke.

Obsessed he beds her day and night
primal, neurotic appetite.

His money spent, he’d been cajoled.
Drugged. Job over, she leaves him cold.
Done. Sunset.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Grace hosts today and introduces us to the Compound Word Verse:

This complex form was created by Margaret R. Smith:
Five 3-line stanzas. Fifteen lines total.
Last line of each stanza must be a compound word.
The compound words must share a common stem: IE sun, sunbeam, sunstruck, sunstroke, sunbathing, sunset.
Rhyme scheme must be aab.
Syllable count must be 8, 8, 3.

Parhelion: a sun dog or mock sun called a parhelion in meteorology, is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a bright spot to one or both sides of the sun.

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18 thoughts on “Sunburst

  1. Grace October 21, 2021 / 11:36 am

    What a change from being the sun in his world, to being left cold and done. Love the sun inspired verses Lillian.


  2. Ingrid October 21, 2021 / 3:09 pm

    He really didn’t see what hit him, did he? I know he had it bad, but I don’t feel altogether sorry for him…


  3. Sunra Rainz October 21, 2021 / 3:18 pm

    I enjoyed reading this narrative. Such a lovely play on words using sun communicating the changing emotions so succinctly 🙂


  4. Glenn A. Buttkus October 21, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    Ironically, perhaps she did the guy a favor. Now he will only remember the passion, the eros, and will not be forced to transfer lust to love. Your “sun” compound words are excellent, and the flow and verve of your piece is so enticing.


  5. ByteSizedStudio October 21, 2021 / 4:54 pm

    Not the first of us to have gotten burnt after a wild day, lol. Very nicely done.


  6. robtkistner October 21, 2021 / 5:48 pm

    Oh, a tricky lady — took his sundry goods and monies… 🙂 well written Lillian! 👍🏼


  7. calmkate October 21, 2021 / 8:12 pm

    a delightful flow from sunny love to awesome let down, masterfully written Lillian!


  8. Dora October 21, 2021 / 9:39 pm

    If a poem can be delicious and brutal at the same time, Lillian, yours is! By the end, well, we’re left thunderstruck, but it was inevitable. Enjoyed this write so much.


  9. Gillena Cox October 21, 2021 / 10:10 pm

    OMG she used the poor guy!!!



  10. sarahsouthwest October 22, 2021 / 3:16 am

    Nicely done, Lill. Very punchy. I like those short, sharp lines.


  11. Helen Dehner October 22, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    OH I love the story in this response to a tricky challenge …. CHEERS to you.


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