Tomorrow, 14th March, is Pi Day. It has become an occasion for the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). It is also the birthday of Albert Einstein in – actually in 1879.
Based on the Japanese POETIC FORM of the HAIKU, where the 3 lines have syllable counts of 5,7,5, a new poetic form has in recent years been designed of the PI-Ku.
In a Pi-Ku each line of the poem has, in sequence, the number of syllables in the never-ending number — pi – that mysterious mathematical relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference . . .
π = 3.14159265 35897932384626433832795028841971693993751058 . . .
In its basic form the Pi-ku will normally have just 3 lines – of 3, 1, and 4 syllables. However, as a development of this, it is possible to extend the number of lines with syllables following the Pi sequence, stopping wherever it is wished. To continue for ever would be a somewhat tedious exercise!
With a pi-ku, therefore, the first line has three syllables, the second line one syllable, and the third line has four syllables. Although without formal punctuation, each line should end in a terminal caesura which helps to retain the sense of the poem’s content. There is no specification on the subject matter.
For those interested, a web search for ‘Pi Day’ and/or ‘Pi-ku’ will give more ideas and examples.
I give two 9-line (3.14159265) attempts of my own at this exercise below . . .
Let us compose
Some poetic lines
Ones which clearly convey their meaning
Setting out the purpose
Of this exercise
Talk to me
In your own words
I want to hear you
Spilling your everyday musings
So that I may reflect
On what our love means