Have you ever heard of cadae poetry? No? Neither had I until today at the website of Kat Myrman. She is always finding fun and unusual styles of poetry. It’s a treat to read her creations.
So, what is this new-to-me type of poetry? It’s cadae and is perfect for today – Pi Day! Now, why would I think that?
Well, cadae is a form of poetry based on pi – π! According to Wikipedia, “the word ‘cadae’ is the alphabetical equivalent of the first five digits of pi, 3.1415.”
There are two versions, the first of which is a simpler form than the second. They each have five stanzas with the number of lines in each stanza coinciding with the first five digits of pi.
So, for Version 1, Stanza 1 has 3 lines; stanza 2 has 1 line; stanza 3 has 4 lines; stanza 4 has 1 line; stanza 5 has 5 lines.
Version 2 is the same but with an added challenge: Stanza 1 has 3 lines, each with 3 syllables; stanza 2 has 1 line with 1 syllable; stanza 3 has 4 lines, each with 4 syllables; stanza 4 has 1 line with 1 syllable; stanza 5 has 5 lines, each with 5 syllables.
If you know me, you know I like challenges, especially if they involve poetry. Here’s my first try, and I’m still unsure if I have titled it correctly. I’ve opted for Version 2.
WINTER MELTS TO WELCOME SPRING
By the fire
Wind is chilly
Snow falls daily
Blankets the earth
All is silent
Wintertime soon ends
Slowly melts the snow
Brooks and rivers sing
Everything turns green
Springtime makes me smile