I have always been a died-in-the-wool-hater-of-math. Well, except for math in poetic form. I love haiku with its 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Pattern–that’s the key. That’s what turns math into art. So you can imagine that I was tickled to discover Fibonacci poetry, a relatively young form of poetry based on the Fibonacci mathematical sequence. I thought I’d give it a try. The pattern can be either in syllables or in words. I chose words so it would be easily apparent when I had done it correctly.
Challenge her mind?
Race from word to word,
leaving it all behind in a mad rush.
She can. She will! Again and again, fearlessly free–bound only by pattern.
This pattern is 0,1,1,2, and so on :
1 the first line is 1 word
1+0=1 the third line is 1 word
1+1=2 the fourth line is 2 words
2+1=3 the sum of the last two is three words
3+2=5 the sum of the last two is five words
5+3=8 the sum of the last two is 8 words
8+5=13 and so on.
LOL–that was a a hoot! I believe I will again and again. Why not try it? If you have a math-intolerant child try modeling this by allowing him or her to help you come up with a word when you are stumped. Playing with math can be fun.
Sunflowers are said to illustrate Fibonacci patterns. See the spiral?
Incidentally, my blog posts mushroomed overnight this week. I finally imported all of my posts from my previous blog into this one. If you like greeting cards there are LOADS of posts in the older archives. Jewelry and amigurami are hanging out back there too. Crazy to think I have been a consistent (more than once per week) blogger for almost four years.