‘Truth and the Past’ … Three Fibs

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Poets have experimented with poetic form for as long as poetry has existed.  One of the most recent exercises in poetic form utilises the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence and was introduced in recent years by the American author, Gregory K. Pincus.    Such poems or verses are often termed ‘FIBS’.

What is a Fib?

‘ The Fibonacci poem is a poetry form based on the structure of the Fibonacci number sequence. For those unfamiliar with the Fibonacci Sequence, it is a mathematical sequence in which every figure is the sum of the two preceding it. Thus, you begin with 1 and the sequence follows as such: 1+1=2; then in turn 1+2=3; then 2+3=5; then 3+5=8 and so on. The poetry sequence therefore consists of lines of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on with each number representing the number of syllables or words that a writer places in each line of the poem. As a literary device, it is used as a formatted pattern in which one can offer meaning in any organized way, providing the number sequence remains the constancy of the form.   The subject of the Fibonacci poem has no restriction, but the difference between a good fib and a great fib is the poetic element that speaks to the reader.’   This description of the form is quoted from:  http://www.musepiepress.com/fibreview/

I give three of my own attempts at this poetic form below . . .





The end

of our days

We review our past

Let us not wish to deny it







To recount

In all honesty

Only what is valid and true

When at last we make the journey to meet our maker






To me,

my poet,

Of your love for me,

In melodious soothing words,

To nourish the feelings which I long to hear you say.



15 thoughts on “‘Truth and the Past’ … Three Fibs

  1. Roland, you are giving poems of great value as always albeit to me in a totally new format.
    Each poem with a heartfelt message. The romantic poet of the North being visible in the third one.
    I did always find maths interesting but never thought of applying it in poetry…that means I have to think.🦋😊 .
    Thank you for this excellent post


  2. I loved the poems Roland. We have discussed previously my dread of maths so this is a form I have avoided. Although working through your examples I may give it a shot. If I understand this, would the next line after 13 be 21 syllables?

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