THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Poetry Friday: I Like Pi/e

I love the Friday after Thanksgiving. All the fuss about dressing nice for Nanny and timing everything to come out of the oven at the same time is over. I can spend the day making turkey soup and munching leftover pie.
I was searching for a pie poem to share and found this one, by Lorreen Pelletier. It's not just a pie poem. It's a Pi poem. The number of letters in each line corresponds to a digit in the number pi. It's delicious and mathematically nutritious.
Pie Poem or Pi Poem
by Lorreen Pelletier
Pie.
I
like
a
peach
blueberry
or
banana
cream
or
lemon
meringue
raspberry
rhubarb
mincemeat
pie
in
sky
apple a la
mode
cherry
or
humble
I love the alliteration and cadence of the poem. Here's a challenge -- try a Pi poem for yourself and leave it in the comments. I'll also post the recipe for my pal Lisa's no-fail pie crust there.
Today's delicious round up is at Becky's Book Reviews.

8 comments:

Denee Barr Art News and More said...

Enjoy....Pie for breakfast, pie for lunch, pie for dinner. Then I have to check my "pi.!"

Susan Taylor Brown said...

I can't even wrap my brain around the numbers in this poem. Thanks for sharing. I'm adding it to my "math poems" file to share with kids who are more math nuts than I am. It always helps them get turned on by poetry.

Author Amok said...

Denee -- enjoy your pie. We're leaving NJ with leftover coconut custard, pumpkin and pecan.

Susan, I agree. Math poems light up some people's brains. I wonder what a pi poem would look like with digits=#words or syllables per line rather than #letters.

Mary Lee said...

What a fun poem! I've never seen this form, but it's a great way for math and poetry to make friends! Fits right in with Gregory K's Fibs!

(oops! The word verification is "prose"!!)

Author Amok said...

I was thinking the same thing about Gregory K because I love those fibs. As far as I know, this is an invention by the poet. Very cool.

(I like your verification. Mine was "derug," which makes me think of a guy with his toupee on the loose.)

Tricia said...

I love pi poems, but find counting letters difficult. I usually write using syllables instead!

Author Amok said...

Tricia, I was thinking the same thing. Syllables or # of words like a fib. Math poems are great to share with logic-intelligence kids.

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