Saturday, September 6, 2014
by Ashley Lister
I’ve never liked mathematics. When I was at school, pocket calculators had just been invented. For me that seemed to make the concept of mathematics redundant. Why did I need to learn algebra and equations when I could get a pocket calculator to do that stuff for me? Nowadays, when I possess a smartphone that’s capable of doing advanced mathematics with very little input from me, my need to know how to manipulate numbers has become almost obsolete.
However, I think it’s important to know about Fibonacci numbers. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, this is the number series that goes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21… As you will have noticed each number is the sum of the previous pair of numbers.
This can be applied to poetry, specifically with the syllabic form of the Fibonacci Poem:
Naked and awkward
Until you do that special thing
And I respond with a kiss that never seems to end
The length of the Fibonacci Poem is your choice. The one I’ve penned above goes up to a 13 syllable line, the one below only goes as far as the eight syllable line.
Warm and red
Deserving much more
Spank spank, spank, spank, spank, spank, spank, spank.
Whatever length you decide to work with, it would be fun to see your Fibonacci Poems in the comments box below.