Writing Fibs

Fibs are poems that stick to the Fibonacci series of numbers. That means each line gows in syllables in keeping with the sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 etc. (They normally only go up to 8 syllables, but the only rule really is that you stick to the sequence...). I learned about Fibs from Marcus du Sautoy in the 2014 Latitude Festival Poetry Tent. 

Here's one I wrote after chatting with Marcus in the Latitude campsite area.



Can’t be.

Length AND rhyme?

I don't have the time.

I'd like to help this worthy cause,

And it’s true I'd love to bask in learned friends' applause,

But I've checked my diary and I'm totally maxed out so I can't see it myself.

I'll just have to take a rain-check on this for now and hope this doesn't cause offence - unless of course I’ve somehow managed it by chance or stealth...!


Why not have a go yourself - start with a short one and see how you like it! 

You can even  Tweet your Fib to Marcus!