Monday, October 29, 2018

Day 29 - By The Numbers

image created by Amy McGrath on WordArt.com


As a self-proclaimed number nerd, I couldn't wait to share this prompt with you! Birthdays, anniversaries, identification numbers (driver’s license, social security, etc.), speedometers (and speed limit signs!). Numbers are everywhere and we use them for many things. Love them or hate them, there is no denying the need for numbers in our world. Whether you’re a mathematician or a numerophobe, today’s prompt is all about the numbers.

Perhaps in your culture, a number holds a particular meaning for you. Britannica has some information about number meanings across different cultures. Some of them are:

1 - unity
2 - duality
3 - spiritual/mystical
4 - universal
5 - human life
6 - perfection
7 - lucky
8 - auspicious
9 - pain/sadness
0 - nothingness

You could choose to write about your life path number.



Below is a list of numbers that I know have specific connotations. Maybe one of them will lead you to today’s poem!

11:11
404
13
Pi
e
phi
Planck’s constant
Avagadro’s constant
Speed of Light
Gravitational constant
Boltzmann’s constant
Absolute Zero
Tau (6.28 = 2pi)
Euler’s Identity
i

WORD PROMPTS:

numbers
numerology
mathematics
calculation
counting

Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
In the meantime, read other participants' poems, share the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on social media, and add a link to your own poem in the comments below.




Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction/non-fiction writer, and visual artist. She is a volunteer at The Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk, VA and a co-facilitator of the Poets on the Page blog and Facebook group. When she’s not writing or painting, she has been known to appear in local community theater musicals and occasionally shows up for karaoke nights. She is currently painting a series of portraits of her ancestors, both biological and adopted, and she is working on her outline for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. She is the mother of two teenage boys and lives with her husband in Virginia Beach.

42 comments:

  1. Here’s a little ditty about Life Path number 4!

    https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/got-your-number/

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  2. An older poem I wrote, repurposed for today's prompt

    She

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    1. WP won't let me leave a comment.
      That twist of the knife took me by surprise.

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    2. Hits where it hurts the most :)

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    3. Intense and shocking - very well done. I am glad you repurposed it for our reading!

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  3. Give me Beethoven any day.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/sand-and-stars/

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  4. https://castingsuspicion.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-commute.html

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  5. https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/security-in-numbers/

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  6. Was a bit under the cloud today, but managed to write something before the day end.


    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-number-game.html

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  7. Another one, because.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/shall-i-count-them/

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  8. Not much of a mathmo, so this took some effort! Played with numbers a bit via the syllabic count as well as in the content. Wasn't sure where I would stop, but having grown up in house 12, 12 lines felt right in the end.
    https://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-29-by-numbers.html

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  10. Something a bit different today. Technically a free verse. Subject matter is dark. They Count

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  11. This one was a lot of fun to pull together.
    http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/29/poetry-day-29-dao-the-10000-things/

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  12. Joining in today: https://charmedchaos.com/2018/10/29/radiant-light/

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  13. Joining in with the prompt today - here is my offering

    https://thewabisabiwriter.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-auspicious-one.html

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  14. Dark and necessary to say - thank you

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  15. Honouring your prompt with a table poem Amy: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/i-is-a-number-im-not/

    I don't think table poems exist, but I've written two this #OctPoWriMo

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  16. I used this on day 2, so instead, I am using "by the numbers" in a more metaphorical sense.

    Title: "Abandonment Issues"
    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/abandonment-issues-day-twenty-nine/

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  17. https://missdragonlady.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-29-by-numbers.html

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  18. Here is my link for #29 - By the Numbers

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/29/when-your-number-is-up/

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  19. My by the numbers. https://talesofafamily.blog/2018/10/29/special-moments/#more-14916

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  20. https://barbarahuntington.com/2018/10/29/octpowrimo-2018-day-29-gray-day/

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  21. “Counting Blessings” a Cinquain about the number 13 https://leonaslines.com/2018/10/29/counting-blessings/

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  22. The whole creation is nothing but mathematical derivation.... an ingenious design

    Human existence a number expression
    Set numbers exact and specific appear random
    We are a part of a whole
    We are a whole in a part ... sr

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  23. https://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/count-your-diamonds.html

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  24. https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/day-29-by-the-numbers/

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  25. https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/magical-3-when-three-is-love/

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  26. Here's my take on the prompt -

    http://iscriblr.com/the-number-game-1111/

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