Well, the number 19 is this very cool mathematical thing: a centered triangular number. Look at the picture to the right. If you take 19 colored balls and arrange them in a triangle shape with 1 ball in the middle, all the balls line up symmetrically around that center. Starting from any of the triangle's sides, there are 4 balls in a row (blue), then 3 in a row (green), then 2 (yellow), and finally the 1 in the center (red). Isn't that amazing?
19 is also a centered hexagonal number; I'll let you explore that on your own, if you like.
Oh, any golfers among us? 19 refers to having a drink after playing 18 holes, right? Everyone's favorite, the 19th hole.
Okay, let's go on to Day 19's prompts. Maureen Thorson says, "Write a poem in the form of a personal ad [or] any kind of want ad. Personal ads, though, do have a kind of poetry to them" (NaPoWriMo). Robert Lee Brewer's suggestion is "a burn poem.
Going light verse again today, with both prompts. Not just light verse but nerdy light verse. Linked haiku. This was a lot of fun to write.
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Hope you enjoyed these geeky haikus. In my defense, I was (almost) an astronomy major in college.
In a bizarre coincidence my facebook cover photo right now is of the Sun. All through April, I've been posting photos celebrating NaPoWriMo. So the image shows sunspots, flares, and prominences with a little plug for NaPoWriMo in the same colors. I bet this picture subconsciously and serendipitously triggered my solar haikus today. The muse works in mysterious ways!
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