of long, happy life
curved neck in golden ratio,
the sunlight gleams refractions of arithmetic truths,
instilling cosmic emanations of prosperity to the owner’s property
This statue of a Crane is in my brother Richard’s back yard. In China, the Crane is a symbol of longevity and prosperity. I thought that to be a fitting concept, but also was intrigued by its curving neck, which seemed appropriate to the poetic format that I used here. The poem’s format keys off the Fibonacci arithmetic sequence. The Fibonacci sequence exhibits a certain numerical pattern which originated as the answer to an exercise that turned out to have an interest and importance far beyond what its creator imagined. It can be used to model or describe an amazing variety of phenomena, in mathematics and science, art and nature. The mathematical ideas the Fibonacci sequence leads to, such as the golden ratio, spirals and self- similar curves, have long been appreciated for their charm and beauty, but no one can really explain why they are echoed so clearly in the world of art and nature. Fibonacci popularized the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the Western World primarily through his composition in 1202 of Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation). He also introduced to Europe the sequence of Fibonacci numbers. In the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. He carried the calculation up to the thirteenth place, that is 233, but it can be carried out infinitely. This famous Fibonacci sequence has captivated mathematicians, artists, designers, and scientists for centuries. Also known as the Golden Ratio, its ubiquity and astounding functionality in nature suggests its importance as a fundamental characteristic of the Universe. The sequence best describes a spiral. It contains a mathematical ratio of 1.614 or PHI. It shows up in many places, like: flower petals, seed patterns in plants, pine cones, sea shells, hurricanes, fruits and vegetables, galaxies, facial proportions, animal and insect bodies, and more.
This poem is a Fibonacci Poem. I was introduced to it by Patcilaw in her poem, A Little Princess.
A Fibonacci poem uses the numbering sequence developed by Fibonacci for the syllable count of the poem. So the syllable count can be:
to any count the poet desires, but much beyond 21 becomes unwieldy. So, they typically run somewhere between 5 and 21 syllables. there is no required rhyme or meter, but they are not prohibited.
I used the count to 21 for this poem.
This photograph was taken by the author himself on July 10, 2015