Fun With Pi

While deciding what kind of poem to write today, I came across a form irresistible to Mathematical Me: the Cadae. I have modified the form as Wikipedia describes it. I have written a ten line poem where the number of syllables in each line follows the digits of Pi (thus 3.141592653), and the letters in the words used also follows the digits of pi (3.1415926535897932384626433). This is a form of constrained writing called Pilish. Really. There are thousands of digits of Pi, you write in Pilish for a while, see what you come up with. I almost took fright when I needed a 9-letter word with two syllables. Thank heaven for scrabble word lists online. Also dictionaries. Enough with the introduction, here is the untitled wonder inspired by Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility:

You I call

a

brute rapacious.

If

dainty wares you sight,

reliable expertise regards

blighters –

you as our exemplar –

most likely to snitch

them. Too bad.

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