Oulipost #27 – Irrational Sonnet

Create a 14-line sonnet sourced from lines from your newspaper that is divided according to the first five digits of the irrational number pi – that is, into stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1, and 5 lines. As with the preceding sonnet assignment, you may interpret “sonnet” as formally or as loosely as you wish.

Pursue the Dream

She wants to go to college, meet new friends,
to sit in classes and absorb new ideas.
But this is about equality.

There’s only one problem, and it’s a big one

Choosing to stay in a state that needs
young people filled with potential,
illegal immigrants will pay more.
Here is what that would mean in concrete terms:

Her parents would face a bill they cannot afford.

Young people who want to pursue the dream
of a great education and a good job,
to create a path to citizenship,
they might not be able to accomplish,
there’s only one problem, and it’s a big one.

Source: Matthew Tully, “Laws Block College Dreams”, Indianapolis Star, April 27, 2014


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