This is a stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour
Have you heard of Fibonacci poems? In 2006, Gregory K popularized Fibonacci poems a.k.a. "Fibs": six-line poems which use the Fibonacci sequence to dictate the number of syllables in each line (1-1-2-3-5-8).
The Fibonacci sequence is a mathematical pattern in which the first two numbers are zero and one. To figure out the next number in the sequence, you always add the two previous numbers. So it goes like this:
and it just keeps going.
You don't have to stop at 6 lines -- you can have a 7th line with 13 syllables, an 8th line with 21 syllables, etc., or you can make your Fib longer by going back down (i.e. 1-1-2-3-5-8-5-3-2-1-1).
Greg has a book called The 14 Fibs of Gregory K coming out in October!
Laura Shovan has posted great stuff about Fib lesson plans on Author Amok. I like writing Fibs because they are so contained, and you can cover serious or humorous topics in your little space. Here are some of mine:
by Tabatha Yeatts
Chefs – crack hearts in the
bowl of the page, stories splash out.
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."
To keyboard. Fire lit –
Ready to light fires of her own.
can I fill
and still have just as
much to pack: one of life's mysteries.
Mary Shelley Writes Frankenstein
Your dear friends –
Shadows fall outside,
But you must mine the ones within.
Can sink down
To the bottom of
Your heart’s glass, never to dissolve.
More Fibbery from Gregory K
Fibonacci poems multiply on the web
The Fib Review, an online journal
I would love to hear *your* Fibs!