A Fibonacci Poem


National Poetry Month is rushing by, and although I’ve been sharing poems with students and created some book spine poems, I haven’t been able to keep up with writing a poem a day. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been collecting ideas and inspiration from all the amazing poetry projects going on in the Kitlitosphere. (Jama Rattigan has collected information and links to this poetry-palooza here.

Earlier this month, I found this lovely image on Twitter:

“Gillyflower, Mayfly, Fly, and Snail” Artist/Maker: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 – 1600) and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575), Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

I knew right away I wanted to write a poem about that snail and flower. and started drafting a few ideas. I put it aside for some other ideas, but thought of it again when I read my friend Margaret Simon’s post this morning about Fibonacci poems. Fib poems are “based on the mathematical Fibonacci sequence which begins with 1,1,2,3,5,8.” What form could more fitting for a poem about a snail?

a garden
path, hunting for grub,
swirls of cream and plum guard her back.
Drowsy gillyflower leans down to whisper good night.

© Catherine Flynn, 2016

6 thoughts on “A Fibonacci Poem

  1. Hi Catherine–I love so many of the words you’ve chosen–grub, plum, guard, gillyflower, swirls, drowsy. So many great g’s and short u sounds. Thanks for sharing. I think you’ve inspired me to write a fib too!

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  2. You’ve surprised me! Never though I would LOVE a poem about a snail, but yours is fabulous. I love those swirls of cream and grub guarding her back! I may have to try my hand at one of these.

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