I was offered an opportunity a couple of days ago to submit a poem about pi to celebrate this year’s Pi Day, special because today’s date, 3-14-16 is the same number sequence as pi rounded to four digits after the decimal: 3.1416. The request came from the Astronomers without Borders AstroPoetry project. I have never before attempted to write a poem on demand, but for some reason the idea of writing a “pi” poem sounded like fun. I figured that there was no harm in trying, and I just may have fun in the process. I did a little research and studied up on math concepts that I haven’t studied for quite a while. This is what I came up with:

### Pi

It’s all about circles –

the ratio of circumference

to diameter.

It’s a constant

although irrational

transcendental number –

irrational

because no fraction

can accurately describe it,

its decimal representation

infinite and random –

transcendental,

therefore the circle

cannot be squared.

Thank goodness.

Because it’s all about circles.

It’s about not choosing

the shortest path

between two points,

going the long way around –

taking the scenic route,

transcending the boundary

of the horizon

and expanding into

the random, infinite

universe

encircling us.

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Well done! Pi Day is also the birthday of Albert Einstein. Are you doing your best impersonation? Very nice poem. You DID have fun!

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Thanks! I could probably get the German accent, but the mustache would be a little more difficult!

Very nice Ruby. Congrats

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Thanks Mary. I hope that you’re busy with your next project!