April 6, 2019
April is National Poetry Month
“ Newly hatched”
Let’s write a Pi Poem today.
~ YOU CAN DO IT~
First – write out the numerical sequence of Pi.
Like this: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028.
In my example, I’ve written the sequence that ends in “0,” but I added 2 more numbers after the zero.
The Pi Poem can be a challenge but I think it is fun to do.
No, I am not a math whiz – not a bit.
Follow the numerical sequence for Pi, and you can do this form without tears.
For my example:
I chose to write the 34-line version of the sequence which means, that when I got to “ZERO” I went on to do 2 more lines, keeping the Pi formulation.
First, I will give you the completed poem I wrote this morning.
After you read it, keep on reading, and you will see how I laid out this poem by putting the syllable count in parenthesis at the beginning of each line.
This gave me the pattern that I followed: I simply counted out the proper syllable count for each line as I wrote the poem.
I like to work with a structure, at times; the Pi Poem is a good way to do that.
Here is my newest Pi-Poem, “Newly hatched.”
After I wrote the poem with the numbers at the beginning of each line, then I went back and removed the numbers once the poem was the way I wanted. I will show you how this looked, after you read the poem below.
By Lynda McKinney Lambert
(Date of writing is April 6, 2019)
mixed breed chicken group
sage, pink, blue, yellow, brown, “lavender
unnatural dye jobs
harmless – unknowing
farmers make rainbow-tinted chicks
consider the wide variety
large Rhode Island Red chicken
lay 250 eggs per year
If you want to eat farm-fresh eggs
gather your flock
begin backyard hobby
consider different breeds
lay blue eggs
chickens have ear tufts but no tail
gather your blue farm-fresh eggs
Araucana’s eggs are never green
fried eggs for breakfast
scrambled eggs with sharp cheddar cheese
How I WROTE this Pi Poem in 4 STEPS:
1_I wrote the Pi numerical sequence VERTICALLY down the page.
2_I began putting thoughts down that had the syllable count specified, at the beginning of each line.
3_When it sounded right, and when I had checked my syllable count – it is complete.
4_My final step is to remove the parenthesis and numbers at the beginning of each line.
Here is how my poem looked before I removed the numbers.
(4) Easter Eggers
(5) mixed breed chicken group
(9) sage, pink, blue, yellow, brown, “lavender
(6) unnatural dye jobs
(5) embarrassing colors
(3) tiny chicks
(5)harmless – unknowing
(8) farmers breed rainbow-tinted chicks
(9) consider the wide variety
(7) large Rhode Island Red chickens
(9) lay 250 eggs per year
(8) If you want to eat farm-fresh eggs
(4) gather your flock
(6) begin backyard hobby
(2) in spring
(6) consider different breeds
(3) rumpless hens
(3) lay blue eggs
(8) chickens have ear tufts but no tail
(3) blue inside
(2) and out
(7) gather your blue farm-fresh eggs
(9) Araucana’s eggs are never green
(5) fried eggs for breakfast
(8) scrambled eggs with sharp cheddar cheese
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.
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“Newly hatched,” a Pi poem is not published as of this date, 6 April, 2019.