Encore, or: Twist distressingly

A Cadae poem

again, I
up everything


stomach twists in pain
lying down, nausea rolls over me 
once more
sitting upon couch instead

restless sleep takes me

twist distressingly 
wild dream sequences punctuated
with pain; awake, tasting bitter bile
retching, another encore


  1. Strophic: 5 strophes, each containing the number of lines in sync with the first 5 digits of Pi. S1=3 line, S2=1 line, S3=4 lines, S4=1 line, S5=5 lines. 14 lines altogether;
  2. Syllabic: 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6-5-3-5-8-9-7 syllables per line;
  3. Unrhymed;
  4. Variable: For a Cadae on steroids, the poet could take this a step further and in addition to the strophe, line and syllable count, the number of letters in the words of the poem could also follow the sequential numbers of Pi.

Twiglets #286

twist of emotion

Eugi’s weekly prompt

Eugi has provided the phrase โ€œencoreโ€ as a writing prompt.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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39 thoughts on “Encore, or: Twist distressingly”

  1. Sorry to read about your food poisoning David.
    Quite sickening to reach encore, I’m sorry it sounds and reads terribly awful.
    If I may ask,
    Are you feeling much better today.
    And hope your energies are restored.

    This is an amazing composition using verse to teach mathematics. Some teachers are just ingenious.
    Great strophes giving attention to health and math.

    I keep a simple line in mind…
    no matter the size of the circle you are measuring….

  2. Brilliant poem David. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ Sorry to see you haven’t been well! ๐Ÿ™Wishing you a speedy recovery! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

  3. Sorry to hear about your condition. But the poem was great as ever. How you manage to perform all those different types of poetry never ceases to amaze me.

  4. Oh, my, David! I hope you’re feeling better by now. I got food poisoning from salmon while I was on a trip. I got extremely ill during my flight home and almost ended up in a hospital. It was a very unpleasant experience so I feel your pain.

    I love the poetry form, Cadae, and thanks for the explanation of how it works.

      1. Thank goodness! It read like you were in the moment. I guess you lived it, then relived it. ๐Ÿคขโœ๐Ÿผ The writer’s path is not an easy one! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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