Cosmos: A Fibonacci Poem
Posted by Debbonnaire Kovacs, Aug. 11, 2016
For this week’s devotion, I decided to share a really special poem with you. A few years ago, I had the privilege of teaching a youth poetry seminar at a local VBS/Art Conference. There were about six of us there, ages ranging from around 13 to…well, to me. Old, in other words! We looked online to find obscure types of poetry to try out, and one of the types that caught our attention was the Fibonacci poem.
For those who don’t know, a Fibonacci sequence, named (mistakenly according to this site) after a 13th century Italian mathematician, is a fascinating sequence of numbers. It’s also called the Golden Mean, found in nature in a million ways, and I recommend you research it. Simply, it is a sequence of numbers beginning with 1, in which each number is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. Thus: 1, 1 (plus zero, in other words), 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on. In a Fibonacci poem, each line has the number of syllables of the numbers in the sequence. As you can imagine, it got harder and harder…”28, 29, 30…we need a word with four more syllables that means…!” and so on.
I have not listed the names of the minors who wrote this poem, but they are justifiably proud of it– and I of them! I hope you are blessed!
COSMOS (A Fibonacci Poem)
Wind and fire—
Erode and weather our planet,
Constantly changing, rearranging in new patterns.
Body, mind, spirit, and soul sometimes break down, to constantly
recreate who we are.
We’re all connected, all related, united in diversity, each of us one unique piece of the
kaleidoscope of the cosmos.
photo from Pixabay