down already wet cheeks
for names and faces I know not
in the past’s horror and in the fear of tomorrow
I wonder if the end begins
children and babies
their breaths snuffed in odorless death
less than one hundred days in, it is how things will wage
for those who will not pay the cost
it does not matter
who will win
National Poetry Writing Month 2017 – Day 7
A to Z Challenge – F is for Fibonacci Spiral
Today’s form adds up to the Fibonacci Spiral
The Fibonacci Poem, or Fib Poem for short, is a single stanza poem based on the first 7 numbers of the Fibonacci sequence 1,1,2,3,5,8,13. The first and second lines are one syllable, the third line two syllables, the fourth line three syllables and so forth following the Fibonacci sequence. It traditionally ends at seven lines (13 syllables), but some have taken it longer following the sequence.
The Fibonacci Spiral poem is a more structured poem with two stanzas.
The 1st stanza has 13 lines, the 2nd stanza has 12 lines. The last line of your first stanza is repeated to become the first line of your second stanza with no gap between stanzas. Repeat the syllable count to form the spiral for a total 25 lines altogether. If this confuses you just look below.
The syllable counts must be as follows:
1st line – 1 syllable
2nd line – 1 syllable
3rd line – 2 syllables
4th line -3 syllables
5th line -5 syllables
6th line -8 syllables
7th line -13 syllables
8th line -8 syllables
9th line -5 syllables
10th line – 3 syllables
11th line – 2 syllables
12th line – 1 syllable (word must be at least 4 letters)
13th line – 1 syllable (repeat of the word above)
stanza 2 (remember there is no space between the two stanza)
14th line -1 syllables
15th line -2 syllables
16th line -3 syllables
17th line -5 syllables
18th line -8 syllables
19th line -13 syllables
20th line -8 syllables
21st line -5 syllables
22nd line – 3 syllables
23rd line – 2 syllables
24th line – 1 syllable
25th line – 1 syllable
Though not required, the poem should be Centered for the spiral.
I’ve not heard of this style of poetry before but I love the idea of it!
Cait @ Click’s Clan
Cool post! I’m a math person, so you had me at Fibonacci.
Blog hopping the A to Z!
less than one hundred days in — ugh, I know.
Thank you for this poem. It pretty perfectly encapsulates my feelings on the bombing as well. It also reminded me of Dylan Thomas’s “The Hand That Signed the Paper.”