Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day 23 - OctPoWriMo 2013: Depth of Memory

Depth of Memory

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

The first
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.