**Depth of Memory**

Brains

stun
me

How
long can

one
remember

Trinity
3-0-1-5-6, our aunt’s,

The
family’s favorite, Aunt Gladys.

Her
phone number

dwelling
some

sixty

years

Hers

The
first

memorized

Emergencies

could
happen and kids might need quick advice

*Today’s prompt: Write a number poem. The poem could be inspired by a favorite number or contain a number or be about numbers. I also used a new-to-me poetry form that was suggested, called*Tetractys

*(pronounced to rhyme with*malpractice

*).*

*It’s a five-line syllabic verse whose syllable count per line is 1, 2, 3, 4, 10. This poetic form was invented by Englishman Ray Stebbing.*

*"Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1, 2, 3, 4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own - Tetractys.”*

*I used a triple Tetractys in which the syllable count reverses in the second stanza.*

I had no idea that Euclid was the one to come up with the name Tetractys! How cool! Thank you for sharing this information and for sharing your take on the number prompt!

ReplyDeleteMy pleasure, Amy. xoA

DeleteNice! Very interesting spin on today's prompt! And I like the nostalgia of it.

ReplyDeleteFunny, Christine, I immediately went there when thinking about numbers. Thank you. xoA

DeleteAnother learning curve. Thanks Annis! :D

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Thank YOU, Shah. xoA

DeleteIt is amazing how some things linger...old phone numbers, minutiae of the past. Very nice...and the form is interesting.

ReplyDeleteI found the form interesting, too. Thanks, Anna. xoA

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