#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 264; Create Your Own Syllabic Form

Thank you Colleen Chesebro! Your create your own syllabic poetry form #TankaTuesday#PoetryChallenge reminded me that it is coming up on March 14. As we write our dates here in the US, that means Monday is Pi Day. I am grateful for the reminder as I would like to carry on my tradition (since 2018) of a Pi Day post. 2018 was my first, and that’s the one where I shared that Pi Day in my math classes offered opportunities to join the left and right hemispheres and write Pi-etry and Pi-ku. Each of my yearly Pi Day posts have included a poem but that first shows a syllabic form that I and my students tried. [See the entire post HERE.] Or, here is the Pi-ku challenge that I presented to my sixth grade math students:

I challenge you to take a cross-curricular leap and use Pi or the digit sequence of Pi as your inspiration to write a poem today. Use as many or as few digits as you wish, but keep them in order. The possibilities for this are endless; google for more digits. Your poem could be about math or Einstein, (birthday is 3/14) but it doesn’t have to be. The possibilities for your poetry are infinite.

Below is what I wrote then, using the first 21 digits to dictate syllable count. The whole number three is the three-syllable title.  I will try to meet my own challenge and have a fresh Pi-ku by Monday.

3.14159 26535 89793 23846…

Understand. by D. Avery


Math is language…


Elegant language

beautifully written, spoken by


Patterns, balance, ratios

endlessly repeat

planet song

earth, water, fire, air

elemental singing Planet

forgive our great illiteracies

and our crude utterances

deaf, blind, and mute to elegant song

notes of truth

of hope

of balance

possible yet in this our world

if only we

could read the planet’s song.

20 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 264; Create Your Own Syllabic Form

  1. D. this is stunning. I considered playing with Pi for the syllable count myself. I’m glad I left it to you. I love the simplicity and rhythm of the syllables in your Pi-Ku! What a message… I’ve often wondered if the Pi numbers equated to a special message for humankind. I think you’ve discovered it. ❤

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  2. I was always amazed at the fascination even younger students had for this number. I t was fun to encourage their play and discovery with it. As far as syllabic poetry goes, it’s fun because the digits are so varied and irregular.
    Happy Pi Day!


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  4. Pi-ku. How creative! Love this. And you did this one wonderfully. Adore it. We should try to listen to Earth’s nature songs more. I understand she broadcasts at the healing energy frequency of 432 hz. Thanks for this, Love it. xoxo

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