Sunday, August 25, 2013

A fibonacci is a fib by another name

So says my friend Hedgewitch o' The Wilds, who asks members, followers, hangers-on, and hangers-out at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, to consider the Italian poetry form, the fibonacci, aka fib, which sounds like something children tell mothers and spouses throw about at will.

After some lengthy do's and don'ts as to syllable count and line length based on "a consonance between mathematics and the aesthetic building blocks of art", all of which gave me two headaches, a stomach ache, and considerable biliousness, I decided to follow the little diagram of sorts Hedge provided for such poor students as I.

"In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers," she says, "or Fibonacci series or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence:
Right, Hedge, and I believe in your fibs, I really do.
I quite agree, however, that going up to 34 syllables in one line could prove a trifle unwieldy, so I have chosen to use the 0,1,1,2,3,5,8 syllables and then throw the whole Fib into reverse.
The un-Love Potion

by Kay Davies, August 24-25, 2013

just once now,
and you’ll disappear 
from your lover’s beseeching glance, 

but should you want your lover’s glance
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sweeping o’er your face
take this not
my dear


Jo said...

I never knew that the word "fib" is from a real, albeit, strange word. Wow and I love your Un-love Potion poem. Kay, you are just too good! (((Hugs))) Jo

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om

You did good Kay... 8~0 YAM xx

jabblog said...

This is brilliant, Kay - quite perfect. It puts my efforts to shame but I enjoyed writing them, all three. It's all or nothing with me;-)

Fireblossom said...

What if they don't read the instructions first?

Grace said...

I like the fib form and back ~ Not now, was the perfect ending ~ Lovely work on the form Kay ~

Happy Sunday ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a very interesting subject you chose for your poem, Kay.

hedgewitch said...

Hey, don't blame this on me. I could never do the math. ;_) I loved your tongue in cheek intro, Kay, and all the pretense that you had no idea what was going on--then you whip out a perfect example of the form, full of magic, and one which for some reason seems to have a deeper resonance than the words alone imply. Thanks for playing, my friend, and I hope you're feeling better.

Mama Zen said...

Very cool, Kay!

Marian said...

wow, love this, Kay, eerie.

grapeling said...

you are a fibber, Kay. a magical one, at that ~ M

Ella said...

Kay this was clever-I loved how you did yours~ I want to try this form again~ YOUR insight always makes me smile ;D

Loredana Donovan said...

As usual, clever and unique ... the un-love potion ... perhaps something one can take for unrequited love? Smiles :)

Helen said...

I love the back and forth, round and round rhythm of your Fib!!!!

Susan said...

How cool is this! to use formality against itself and backwards.

Daryl said...

awesome ... anything with math involved makes me break out in hives

Jenn Jilks said...

Good on you! You work hard at this!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

So glad I popped in today! I love Fibonacci poems, and you did a terrific job with yours. Love it! I've written a few, but none as well done as yours.

Kay said...

Very impressive, Kay. I don't know how you do it.

Lolamouse said...

Magical and practical! What in the potion, dare I ask?