The New York Times explains:
The sequence apparently features in the Da Vinci Code, and shows up in the nautilus shell, knitting patterns and the compositions of Bartok.
The Fibonacci progression is a mathematical formula that starts with 0 and 1 and then continues to add numbers that are equal to the sum of the previous two numbers. Thus, the first seven numbers in the sequence are: 0-1-1-2-3-5-8. ... To write a Fib, a more complicated version of the classic, highly constrained haiku, the poet composes a six-line poem that has the correct number of syllables in each line corresponding to each digit in the sequence. (The real first line of each Fib is silence.)
Now me, I don't understand maths at all and managed to fail every single maths exam that life ever threw at me (honestly!), but the creative part of one's soul can't resist squeezing itself into self-imposed limits. Here's my very first one.
INow it's over to you. Compose one or two while the boss isn' t looking and post them up. The best Fibber buys me lunch at a fancy restaurant of their choice.
i'm not math
matical, I just
want to write a poem in this form.
(*Hmmm. I'm just wondering if a better name for the form might not have been the Pincushion, immortalising its inventor.)
I savoured each bite
But now I have put on one pound
Am being evil since I am here earlier than anyone else at work!
I wish he
would develop an
itch but be unable to scratch
Moving on ! Sharon I had always loved math being the nerd that I am - now I can't seem to stop - shall speak in fib the whole day today - just to amuse myself!!
at my face
in a new mirror
and all i saw was my old face
Sham I like your first one :)
That's some serious cheesecake!
I'm going to use the 0 as a integral part of my fib.
Now three words
still meaning nothing.
Words have no meaning without thought.
Sadly, Pincushion was taken and sounded too much like I'd be some odd form of voodoo doll!
Nice fibbing hereabouts. Spot may have the written the best Fib I've seen by a cow!
Thanks for the link...
oh my goodness gregory k ... i thought you might google yourself at some point and drop by and am so glad you have ... it must have been very exciting to get your story picked up by the IHT and New York Times ...
anyway you now can see malaysia about to hit by the bug ... forget sudoku, this is serious!
sham and spot, delightful efforts ... i know from first hand experience the effects of sham's cheesecake on the waist and bum ... the boss one made me laugh ... and then you guys became more profound ... the space should be used spot, the dots were inventive
all i can say is MORE, MORE (and i shall enjoy many lunches if i play my cards right!)
Will hear Us
As We would have banned
All thoughts words speech women children
but my consciense is
telling me I can't because
I have skin of a constipated elephant
to fib -
it sure beats
thanks, sharon, for the distraction
then I released
my first poem was a failure
because all I need to do was 0+1+1+2+3+5+8
fib-bing, so please
help before I turn into
a frenzied fib-bing foob fib-bing all day long
fib-bing, so please
help before I turn into
a frenzied fib-bing fool fib-bing all day long
Ops, sorry spelling error. You must think I have a lose screw somewhere in the head.
or maybe later
i will be true and love you too
everything in life
and become someone else for good, for me.
only two things
It would be you and your love forever.
As man calculates
How many syllables? Eight!
as she looked
at my bony knees
You're sexy when you disagree
i o b
i b u l i
the blog of a fib-ber and bookaholic
Ok, I was just fooling around.
bunch of creatures
they're so creative that they
use everything and think directly opposite right handers
Err...utterly crap this one.
he loves it
very very very very much
i mean very very very very very much
Tee hee, I have no words..
She is their conscience which scares them
he's alone and bored
hence the fibonacci numbers
On A Tree
Singing With Sadness
Of Times Gone By Forever
I don't know if the last line meets the requirements :P
Infinity. Now please sup up.
How fascinating to watch these things go viral. A pity the sestina isn't as contageous as this.
Must apply leave now,
Or I'll have to kick my own balls.
I was wondering how to deal with the zero visitor. "(silence)" is the touch of required genius I think!
these are so good i'm humbled! some thought provoking, some very personal, and some so very funny (visitor - i nearly coughed up a hairball i was laughing so much)
animah - the bony knees made me smile and so true about the voices
dee - you are really having fun with these and getting very inventive - don't forget to count the syllables or you're writing free verse (or a form of poetry of your own!) - not that that's a problem 'cos we're all playing in the sandpit ... who is scrat?
ms d - the becoming someone else - poignant
_earth - probably right!
bawangmerah - yeah last line was only 7 syllables - you could write 'oh those times gone by forever"
walker - agree about the quality of the silence - i've always felt in music that silence is as important as the written notes and then there's john cage with his ode to silence ... how do you make it felt in a fib? must explore and see what others have done ... loved the coffee cup swirl
thanks you all so much and keep 'em coming
oooohhh sorry snowie - yes great distraction ... which reminds me i should actually get something done with my day!
Difficult to emphasise the silence when it's on the first line isn't it? You're right, it is powerful. The subject of one of my favourite Depeche Mode songs in fact. (Enjoy the Silence.)
"more than 1,000 Fibs have been posted since the beginning of April."
Wow, that's a lot of lies :)
c f doom explains
No? see www.hereoz.org
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