Pi Charting [poem] by Vernita Hall

Pi, the decimal, is like life—
never repeating, some say never ending

You take your measure, stumbling round, and stride,
proud and straight, the shortest path to pleasure

So sums up youth. Till fortune spirals down,
counterclockwising you. And whether then

you shortcut or wend the long way round
(although to circumnavigate is thrice

and more the length than to bisect), you’re bound
from humbling to life’s curves, to learn bending


Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

[Refer: This poem refers to the poem “Physics” by David Worrell.]

Image by Kate Ter Haar

An MFA in Creative Writing graduate from Rosemont College and a LaSalle University alumna, Vernita Hall has been a second place finisher in the American Literary Review‘s Creative Nonfiction Contest and a Salem College Rita Dove Poetry Award finalist. She serves on the poetry review board of Philadelphia Stories; her poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, American Literary Review, Philadelphia Stories, 823 on High, Forward, and four anthologies.