Monday, March 14, 2016

a piem

Happy Pi Day! Very few things inspire poetry-writing in my analytically-minded brain. I admit to liking haikus, and I could abide the occasional homework assignment to write a hyper-structured poem like a sonnet. Rules, format, numbers... those are the parts of verse I like. So, I was pretty excited to learn today about the writing style called "Pilish," where the number of letters in each word corresponds to the digits of pi. (The first word has 3 letter, the second word has 1 letter, then 4 letters, and so on... forever.) Poems written in this style are called "piems." I love it! Here's my attempt, using the first 31 digits of pi, 3.141592653589793238462643383279.

See, a piem I wrote.
Exquisite in lovely verse.
How words combined represent numeric precision!
And to the engineer,
such poetry is seldom seen.
But pie outranks any pi sonnets, certainly.

Hope you enjoyed it. Now I'm off to enjoy a tasty slice of pie (featuring my homemade crust and Dan's signature bourbon apple pie filling)!

cozy birdhouse | pi day!

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