Poetry Friday: Such Sadness and An Invitation

Thanks to  Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme for hosting Poetry Friday.

Today was a day that I should have written my post earlier in the day. I have this poem about smoke and ash in my head that is figuring itself out. I was going to work more on it until the news at 4:50 PM which announced the passing of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I am gutted. What more 2020, what more? I have no words.

From my trip to Washington, DC in 2018

My invitation is to stop by next Friday, September 25 when I host Poetry Friday. Consider a poem about bravery or a math story problem.I

NATIONAL MATH STORYTELLING DAY #MathStorytellingDay is September 25

A little history. It was created in 2009. It’s a day to tell stories using math.

The fourth Friday of September is #NationalBRAVEDay. September 25th is that Friday.
This began in 2017 to uplift and honor the women who make up feel brave.

How about the theme of poems that tell a math story or honor a brave woman might be fun.

Need help with some mathematical poetry types?

Poem Types

Poem TypePattern

An Arun is a fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines.  Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure: starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 — 3x). By  if you want kin, you must plant kin 
FibonacciSix-line, 20-syllable poem, 1-1-2-3-5-8 by Greg Pincus
SepterceptEach verse (as many verses as you want) needs to have three lines, each with seven syllables. It can be rhymed or not. Inventor by Jane Yolen
ShadormaThe Shadorma is a Spanish style form of poetry with a 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllable pattern
ZenoA pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an “abcdefdghd” rhyme scheme. Created by J.Patrick Lewis

PLUS…I have some VERY EXCITING news about the latest collaboration from Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. PLUS a GIVEAWAY or TWO!!

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5 Responses to Poetry Friday: Such Sadness and An Invitation

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Yes, Jone, what a year it has been already and I chose balance to be my one word! So far, balance is still out there but my balance has off-kilter most of the time. I already thought about a math poem so I am still in the thinking stages. Love your enthusiasm for creating mathematical poetry goodness to honor #MathStorytellingDay and #NationalBRAVEDay. What a loss with Ruth Ginsburg who was not only brave but a devoted advocate for justice.

  2. Yes, I agree with you, Jone, I’ve had enough of 2020! RBG passing is just TOO much. I appreciate the heads up on some prompts/themes for your hosting day next week. 🙂

  3. Yes, Jone, such a loss :>( I have already put up my Poetry Friday for next week (having to do it on weekends because of intensely busy schedule), so it’s too late for me to do math next week. But I’ll link to some of my zenos, at least. I love Zenos!

  4. lindabaie says:

    And as you know I was in the urgent care much of the afternoon only to come home, already grumpy, then to discover about Justice Ginsburg. It is heartbreaking for sure. And for you all the terrible smoke. We’ve had some that are ‘bad air’ warning, but I know not like you all have had. What a year. Thanks for the challenge, Jone. I like receiving different kinds of prompts.

  5. Better to hold off on your poem until you can collect your thoughts…it’s hard to focus on so many things going on this year! But thanks for letting me know your plans for next week!

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