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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 21 October 2017

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 21 October 2017!

This week I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Fib! No, not a lie…a Fibonacci poem, affectionately known as a ‘Fib’. Your challenge, is to write a Fibonacci poem about an animal.

“Poetry for math geeks? With fibs, the literary and mathematical meet.”

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is an Fibonacci poem? 
Luckily, Deborah Haar Clark at the Poetry Foundation has an explanation…

Gregory K. Pincus wasn’t expecting to start a movement when he posted a Fib to his blog. The Los Angeles writer, volunteer librarian, and dad was simply commemorating the opening of National Poetry Month by sharing the six-line, 20-syllable poem.

“I put it on the Web as a writing exercise,” says Pincus, who dubbed the poems ‘Fibs’ for their basis in the Fibonacci sequence. The number of syllables in each line of the poem is the sum of the previous two lines: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. “The constrained form makes you very conscious of word choice.”

Pincus came up with Fibs while pondering a haiku writing exercise. A confessed math geek, he sought a form that offered added precision and was intrigued by Fibonacci numbers. In nature, the sequence is evident in the spirals of nautilus shells, waves, pine cones, and sunflower seeds, to name a few.

How to write a Fib
A Fibonacci poem is a six-line, 20 syllable poem.

The number of syllables in each line of the poem is the sum of the previous two lines: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

An example of a Fibonacci poem

Dunk!
by Gregory Pincus
Slam!
Dunk!
Soaring . . .
I’m scoring.
Crowd keeps on roaring.
In my dreams I’m unstoppable.

Originally Published: November 20th, 2007


And here is another example (by me!)

WARBLING

I
hear
warbling
from your perch
high above the ground
using slang I don’t understand

By Sarah ©2017


Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Fib’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.

About weejars

I am a teacher with a passion for writing short stories, poems and other scribblings to provide an outlet for my more creative side. Hope you enjoy the ride!

29 comments on “Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 21 October 2017

  1. weejars
    October 21, 2017

    Reblogged this on By Sarah and commented:

    Telling ‘Fibs’ for this week’s challenge

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  4. rugby843
    October 21, 2017

    What fun!😊🎃

  5. Henrietta Watson
    October 21, 2017

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

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  9. newepicauthor
    October 21, 2017

    Fibonacci did a study of rabbits, so I wrote on the same animal.
    https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/a-fibonacci-poem/

  10. Vivian Zems
    October 21, 2017

    Irresistible! My Zeus gets the spotlight today!

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  12. julespaige
    October 21, 2017

    Oooh… I’ve done this…but didn’t stop at twenty…
    (I’m a rebel that way!)
    You can go as long as you follow the fib sequence.

    Back later, ‘gater.

    • weejars
      October 21, 2017

      I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!
      And yes, you are quite correct. You can keep going as long as you follow the Fibonacci sequence.

  13. pensitivity101
    October 21, 2017

    Have done you a two-fer.

  14. John Holton
    October 21, 2017

    So you could just keep going, …13, 21, 34, 55, 89…

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  16. julespaige
    October 22, 2017

    Oh…I’ve also seen the Fib done in word form. Is that acceptable too?

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  18. mkvecchitto
    October 23, 2017

    Oops! I missed the direction to write about an animal… 😦

    • weejars
      October 23, 2017

      Don’t stress 😃 as long as it’s a fib I’m happy to have inspired you…

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