“Tambourine,” composed between February 19 and May 30, 1999, participates in the tradition of “pi mnemonics”” the length of each successive word is determined by the decimal digits of pi (3.1415...; therefore, “Now I walk the coast...”). A zero dictates the end of a sentence/stanza; multiple zeroes dictate section divisions and are indicated within the line dividing sections. Punctuation is excluded. Line-breaks are free, but each one entails an additional indent from the left margin. The title is taken from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece (1966 [rpt. Penguin 1983], p.230):
The Dodecanese is a sea-song by twelve sponge-fishers, Antikythera a mermaid forsaken; Skopelos, a lobster’s and Poros, a mock-turtle’s song, Aegina a tambourine.