Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Verse First ~ Fibonacci Poems

Welcome to Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems. 
Today's notion?


Fibonacci poetry is a literary form based on the Fibonacci number sequence. The sequence begins like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. In order to find the next number in the sequence, you add the two preceding numbers. The sum of these two is the next number, which then is added to the one before it to get to the next number, and so on.

This is how it works:
1 + 0 = 1
1 + 1 = 2
2 + 1 = 3
3 + 2 = 5
5 + 3 = 8
8 + 5 = 13
13 + 8 = 21
21 + 13 = 34...

The Fibonacci sequence appears often in nature as the underlying form of growing patterns. I've shared three example photos; to learn more check out this post at Math Is Fun or this one at The Golden Number.

Photo © Tiago Rodrigues Serra

Photo © kasia-aus

Fibonacci poems can embody the sequence in syllables or in words; and the poem can be any length, so long as each line's count equals the sum of the two preceding lines. Obviously, this gets a little cumbersome past 13 or 21, but hey... do what ya gotta do!

If you're still stumped, here are a couple of Fibonacci's I wrote a long time ago:

Now get busy! Write your Fibonacci masterpiece.  Post the poem on your website, then use Mr. Linky to share it with us. I invite you to leave a comment below, and to enjoy the efforts of your fellow poets by visiting and commenting on one another's work. 

Looking forward to reading some amazing poems! ~ Kim

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  1. I love Fibs (as I have seen them called). Thanks for this prompt.

  2. Kim, I have really enjoyed writing Fibonacci poems! Actually I could make a habit of this form, I think! Looking forward to reading what other people write.

    P.S. I hope people will share new material...and also that those who DO post their links will visit others as well.

  3. I am working on a new Fibonacci this morning. Glad to see a few have already given it a go. Hope to see more soon!

  4. A Fibonacci first!! Loved to do this one as well Kim! :D Thank you so much!

  5. Fibs can be fun, you know... hehe... thanks for the great prompt, Kim.

  6. Hi, thank you for the prompt, i found it really challenging and i not sure if i am overly happy with the result, but it was interesting, Alan

    1. It is challenging, Alan. No doubt about it. Glad you gave it a go and joined the party.

    2. This has been very thought provoking. Last night i revisited the poem and because of its structure i looked at it as if from a mirror. So i posted the same poem this morning but i started at the end and finished with the beginning. Same words, but it gives a completely different feel and image. It is a process that for me has really challenged me in how i look at words and this format is something that is very exciting and provoking. Thank you.

  7. Very much enjoyed the prompt and all the results today.

  8. My first Fibonacci poem. Thanks for the prompt Kim :)

  9. I always think of a sunflower and a pineapple! Fun prompt :D

  10. Hope my understanding has come out correctly! thanks for the prompt first attempt!


  11. A bit of one year old fluff.
    But then: I could do with a bit of fluff at the minute.

  12. I couldn't resist writing a Fibonacci about the man and his maths, any excuse to tie mathematics and poetry together :)

  13. Kim,

    A wonderful challenge this week, which I enjoyed. My effort was written from the comfort of my hairdresser's chair!!!!

    Best Wishes,

    PS: I may be absent next week, as I am visiting San Diego!!

  14. haven't done one in years / this was fun and I liked having the pic for effect

  15. Such wonderful poems everyone produced! Keep them coming.

  16. We are in the midst of house renovations and remodelling, so a Fib seemed appropriate for this topic!

  17. Whoops - missed the linky on this one.

    If anyone's interested, here's my Fibonacci offering:

    Thanks for this prompt. Really fun!



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