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Sunday Scribblings #158:To the Moon With Numbers Letters and More

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Poetic Sundays: To the Moon & Beyond With Numbers & Letters

It was a proud moment for a whole nation this past week when India’s Chandrayaan-3 landed on the south polar region of the moon! So with that in mind, as well as it being Literacy and Numeracy Week Aug 29th through Sept 4th, I am hoping to write a poem that takes us to the moon and beyond with number poems.

So What are Number Poems?

There is really no real definition for this that I could find or can think of. So simply put, number poems, also known as numerical poems or number-based poetry, are a type of poetry where numbers play a significant role in the structure and content of the poem.

In number poems, the poet uses numbers to convey meaning, create patterns, or evoke emotions. These poems can take various forms, and there isn’t a strict set of rules to follow, which allows for creativity and innovation.

The Number Poem(s): A How To Guide

Here’s a guide on how to create number poems (just some suggestions for the ideas are limitless):

1. Choose a Theme or Concept:

  • Start by selecting a theme or concept that relates to numbers. This could be anything from mathematics, counting, dates, ages, or any other numerical idea, or simply incorporate numbers within the poem in a predetermined way.

2. Determine the Structure:

  • Decide on the structure or form of your poem. Number poems can take various forms, such as acrostic poems, haikus, sonnets, or free verse. The structure should reflect the theme or concept you’ve chosen.

3. Incorporate Numbers:

  • Integrate numbers into your poem in a meaningful way. You can use numbers in many ways, some of which are included below:
    • Counting: Create a poem that counts up or down, like a countdown or a list of items.
    • Mathematical Concepts: Use mathematical equations, formulas, or concepts to convey your message. This could be the Cadae poem, Pi poem or the Fib, or any other thing of your choice.
    • Numerical Imagery: Use numbers to describe scenes, people, or objects in vivid detail.
    • Dates and Ages: Explore historical events, personal milestones, or cultural references related to specific dates or ages.
    • Time Sequence: If your number relates to a date or age, you could use it to mark specific moments in time or the passing of time.
    • Consider Symbolism: Think about the symbolism associated with certain numbers. For example, the number 7 is often associated with luck or mystery, while 13 is often associated with superstition. Incorporate these associations into your poem.
    • Others: Pick any one of the OULIPO techniques I mention in this post.

4. Play with Language and Imagery:

  • You know I love wordplay! So yes, use wordplay and creative language to bring numbers into your poem. Feel free to employ puns, alliteration, or rhyme to enhance the poem’s impact. Throw in some metaphors and vivid imagery to make your poem engaging and memorable.
    • And if possible, try to use the number itself in some way or the other to enhance the overall impact of your poem.

5. Title and Presentation:

  • Last but not the least, the title and overall presentation of the poem. Give your poem an appropriate title that reflects its content or theme. Consider how you want to present your number poem – in written form, spoken word, or even as part of visual art.

Remember, number poems can be as creative and unique as you want them to be. There are no strict rules, so feel free to experiment with different styles and approaches to create a number poem that resonates with your chosen theme and your own creative vision.

My Attempt to the Moon With Numbers and Letters

1-2-3-4 Chandrayaan Scores!
In lunar scapes, Chandrayaan-3 did fly,
Counting upwards, and reaching for the sky.
One, it launched with pride held tight,
Two, to
the moon, a cool and daring flight.
Three, it touched down on lunar land!
Four, a feat of science, carefully planned.

The fourth to land on Chandamama’s(1) grand face,
India’s third lunar journey, a historic chase.
To the south pole, this was its second try;
And the first to land there to a nation’s proud cry!
With courage and science, this success was spun,
Chandrayaan-3, a mission second to none.

~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

As you can see above, I do not have any specific rhythm/syllabic count in my poem. However I tried to keep a rhyme scheme of aabbcc and I do have a counting up and counting down of numbers, albeit differently in each stanza.

1 – chandamama – literally translates. to moon uncle .. how we refer to the moon in Hindi. More specifically, the Hindi word ‘mama’ refers to your mother’s brother.

And I loved this meme circulating on social media about Chandrayaan-3 and the moon mission. For reference for those who will need it, the text on the top says – Pre-RakshaBandhan. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, raksha bandhan or rakhi is a festival celebrating sibling bonds.

This image portrays India, a nation regarded as a mother figure by its citizens, symbolically tying a Chandrayaan-3-shaped-Rakhi to the Moon (chandamama, her lunar brother). <3

rakhi to the moon!

Sources/References/Further Reading


On My Blog

These were my posts this past week:

On the Homefront

Here we celebrated the goddess Varalashmi (the Lakshmi who grants books). Oceans away, my son is back home from his summer quarter and has three weeks more at home before he returns to college (junior/third year). And my daughter has been back at school – first week done.


On My Blog

Hopefully a couple of posts..

On the Homefront

Will continue working through those questions with my mom as we make a couple of trips to the hospital for her, and hoping things work out.


Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week include: Arlene Tichy Mosel on Aug 28th; Oliver Wendell Holmes on the 29th of August; Mary Shelley on the 30th of August; Amrita Pritam on the 31st; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dushyant Kumar, and Timothy Zahn on the 1st of September; Allen Drury, Tripura, and Eugene Field on September 2nd; Jenny Han, Roshanara Begum, Kiran Desai, and Malcolm Gladwell on the 3rd of September
  • August 28th observes International Read Comics in Public Day to encourage everyone to read comic books and share that love by reading it for all to see!
  • Time to read one of the most popular horror books for it is Frankenstein Day on August 30th!
  • And then read a memoir on the 31st for We Love Memoirs Day and it is also World Distance Learning Day (something becoming a norm now than not)
  • It is World Letter Writing Day on the 1st of September as well as National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
  • As for the month of September, it is National Literacy Month, Read a New Book Month, and National Library Card Sign-up Month
  • Australia observes Literacy & Numeracy Week Aug 29 – Sep 4 this year, but I thought why not celebrate it anyways no matter where I am (right now in India)

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

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16 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #158:To the Moon With Numbers Letters and More

  1. How proud everyone is of India’s great achievement! Your poem celebrates the achievement beautifully. The number poem is a perfect structure for a celebration of a visit to the moon.

    It’s Cybils time. I wonder if you are going to participate this year.

  2. Yes, I’ve heard of India’s Chandrayaan-3 that landed on the south polar region of the moon. Congratulations! You all have to be proud of! It’s a big step. The moon is a great inspiration for your poem!

  3. Your vibrant celebration of literary and foodie occasions, along with your poetic journey to the moon through numbers and letters, is captivating! Your detailed approach and enthusiasm make me excited to explore your blog further. Keep sharing your unique blend of creativity and insights! 🚀🌙

  4. Such great tips here ad I especially loved learning that x\India’s Chandrayaan-3 landed on the south polar region of the moon! I had absolutely no idea about that and that is fantastic! Very cool and slash love visiting your site!

  5. Pretty poem! I have only made one poem this year – for our cat. 😀 Number poems seem easy, but I hope I get the time to sit and do one, thanks for sharing yours!

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