On 14 March each year we celebrate the number pi – a date chosen in recognition of its first three digits. This Pi Day we asked you to honour this numerical anomaly by writing a ‘piem’ – a poem where each consecutive word follows the length of each number in the sequence of pi. We were impressed with what you came up with.

If you’d like to try your own, you can find a guide here.

Usually a Monday morning calls for a large amount of caffeine to get my brain into gear, so Galena Kukhlevskaya’s submission seems particularly apt:

Can I have a large container of coffee today?

Joe, on the other hand, not only sent us a piem following the 3.1415 rule; he also wrote it in the form of a sonnet, dividing his poem into 14 lines. He calls this piem ‘Autobiography’:


Hector Santana sent us this be email, taking inspiration from the natural world:

Yes, a bird
a color vibration
of lovely route

Several of your submissions used the format to tackle life’s deeper questions like this piem by Orla Donoghue:

Odd! I lost,
I found, spacetime
on planet Earth.

And this emotional ode to childhood, by Simon Harris:

But I kept a teddy. Reminding me brings me tears. You loved lionesses.

A large number of your submissions referenced pie, so we’ll leave you with this delicious submission by Sam Greaves to tease your piem taste buds:

Pie, a dish I enjoy
Obviously if cooked right

Think you could do better? Want to flex your poetic muscles? If you would like to contribute you own piem, you can by sharing them with our readers on BBC Future’s Facebook page.

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