Monday, April 03, 2006

More Fibbery

Fibs.
Terse.
Defined.
As your tools,
Twenty syllables;
How you use them is up to you.

In my first post on Fibs, I mentioned rules and guidelines. I'm gonna talk about some of them here, but the most important thing I can say is that other than the syllable count of 1/1/2/3/5/8, all rules can be broken. The goal is to WRITE. That said...

Since I started Fibbing to focus on word choice, the one rule I've held myself to is "no articles in the one syllable lines." I also try not to use conjunctions, though part of that is that when I use them, I start singing School House Rock and annoy the neighbors.

After those rules, it really gets more subjective. There's definitely a difference between my best Fibs and my ones that read far more like I found a 20 syllable sentence and broke it into Fib form. Often, that difference is in focusing on those two one-syllable lines. "Worms./Gross." is, to me, a stronger start than "I/was." If there's a natural break between the lines, in general it reads better to me. If a thought can finish at a line end, that's great. And I, personally, love using the eight-syllable line in counterpoint or as a thought of its own.

I also have found that my Fibs tend to fall into subsets: Pop Culture Fibs, Rhyming Fibs (traditionally, by the way, Fibonacci poetry is not a rhyming form. But it CAN rhyme, as some who have posted have shown), and Fibs that fib are three examples. I'm gonna post one (or more) of each in the comments below. We've also seen political Fibs and math Fibs... plus my very own Spam Fib. That should be a big category, based on the 19,000 Spam haiku collected here.

Thanks to the Third Carnival of Children's Literature, I now know that April is also Mathematics Awareness Month. This makes Fibbery doubly divine in April.

Also, a special tip o' the hat to the Word Freaks for their excellent Fibbing.

If you spot any other Fibs online, please drop word to yours truly. But this is long enough, so I gotta book.

(For those entering in via this post, there is much more Fibbery to be found all around the blog these days. Besides the post The Fibs mentioned at the top and this post, both of which have comments filled with fun Fibbery, you might want to journey up to the top of the blog or look over on the right hand side for some links collected under the headline The Fibs. As always, feel free to leave a Fib here or elsewhere. Fib on!)

(And a further edit: please click here for news of a Fib-related book deal!)

199 comments:

Gregory K. said...

RHYMING

Ants
Can’t
Wear pants
When they dance.
Plus I’ve heard the news
They never put on dancing shoes.

Gregory K. said...

FIBBING FIBS

Greg
Wrote
Twenty
Brand new Fibs.
Why would he do that?
He had nothing better to do.

Gregory K. said...

POP CULTURE

I encourage everyone to write some of these. I think this is my biggest category. It makes math and poetry much more immediate. Pick a favorite (or least favorite) topic and have at it.

Sweat.
Grunts.
Big men.
Really big.
Wrestlemania.
Wrestemania, I love you.


Songs,
Jokes,
Unite.
These guys rocks!
Barenaked Ladies:
Love you like I love Kraft Dinner.

Anonymous said...

Sex.
Docs.
Troubles.
Medicine.
Grey's Anatomy:
You are my Sunday night pleasure.

Anonymous said...

Fibs?
Hmm.
I lack
Sufficient
Brain capacity
For arcane poetic tricks, Greg.

I'll spread the word, though. I'm better at talking than I am at counting. DB

Anonymous said...

CRASH.
Lost!
Oh, crap.
This is bad.
We're so alone here.
I guess it could be worse. Could rain.

Gregory K. said...

Thanks Anons. I had been working on a Lost Fib awhile ago. Perhaps we can make it an entire sub-genre

Lost.
LOST
Alone.
So alone.
This island our home
And... wait a sec, I said ALONE.

Pete said...

You,
me,
we go
outside
because I will
kill you for wasting my time.

Anonymous said...

1/1/2/3/5/8

Fibs,
Fun.
Clever,
yet simple.
How mathematics
and Poetry can blend so well.

Steffen L. Norgren said...

These
Poems:
Truly
Pedantic
Methodology.
Extremely restrictive process.

Anonymous said...

Yo
Yo
Check this
Need a Mic
Gangsta right here werd
I will crush Eminem hardcore

Anonymous said...

fibs,
ummm...
ok,
here it goes,
hard to explain them,
it's a maths-type sequence poem

Anonymous said...

Look
out,
Slashdot
has found you!
The nerds are coming!
Hope you like being popular.

Anonymous said...

Fibs.
Fad?
Is it?
Probably.
But who really cares
When it is so goddamn much fun.

Anonymous said...

War.
Peace.
Which one?
I don't care.
Does that make me wrong?
Luckily, I don't give a damn.

Anonymous said...

toe,
toe,
toe toe,
toe toe toe,
toe toe toe toe toe,
toe toe toe toe toe toe toenail!

filament said...

Here's a few...

One,
One,
Then two -
syllables!
Five in the fifth line
Eight in the sixth and that's a fib

Mum,
Dad,
I'm lost -
where are you?
I should have listened.
I'm so sorry. Please take me back.

Dead
tired.
I am
exhausted.
Bring me my pillow!
I am going to catch some Z's.

Lies!
Lies!
Did your
mother not
teach you anything?!
Never tell lies! Stop that fibbing!

Me?
Write?
Poems?!?
You're kidding.
I'm not a poet!
I couldn't write to save myself!

Tick.
Tick.
Look out -
Not a bomb;
Some would say it's worse:
A great big pile of paperwork.

Stop!
Thief!
Police!
Stop that man!
He's getting away -
that's my music on his iPod!

Ring
Ring
Hello?
Mister who?
Sorry, there isn't.
I think you have a wrong number.

Anonymous said...

The
Sky
Is the
Limit once
You begin using
Enjambment to make your fibs fly.

Anonymous said...

1
2
3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13

Anonymous said...

I got carried away

hail!
come!
See us!
we are the...
Amazing fibbers!
We can fib all day and all night!
We even go to new lengths with thirteen and then...
twenty-one syllable fibonacci poems, that make your heart sing out with great joy!

Anonymous said...

.
.
-.
..-..
.----..-
-.-.-.-....--
.---.--....-...-.-...

/
.
-.
/.-
./.-.
/.com.com..com

Anonymous said...

Oh
You
Evil
Little Man
Spending all my slog
Fibbing a rhyme to match your blog

Anonymous said...

Hmm,

what?

So hard?

That can't be!

Nerds can do this 123!

It is "News for nerds, Stuff that matters",

that links this place for us, so we can learn about those fibs...

Please keep up your curios work, for anyone to enjoy, and visit now and then at a place we call Slashdot.

Post Scriptum: Oh why, oh why, do those darned long lines not fit upon your blog? With a new kind of verse one calles a "fib", lines should not be wrapped up like this!

Anonymous said...

a
is
zero
b is one
loop forever: do
add b to a and swap the two

Henrik said...

My first try:
(originally written in Swedish and then loosly translated)

Sun
Spring
Asphalt
Country roads
Curves that neved end
The sports car season is soon here

And since I'm in Sweden the sports car season is not yet here... alas!

enigmaboy said...

Kirk
James
Captain
Has a bad
Speech impediment
Talks like this all the freaking time

Anonymous said...

Oh!
My,
Oh My,
Sweet sensible lady
Come hug me, hug me.

Anonymous said...

Fibs,
Rare.
Unheard.
Not for long.
everybody writes -
wiki will have an article.

Anonymous said...

mmm...
aaah...
right there
yes, like that
oh it feels so good
oh ah yes harder more yes aaaaahhhhhh

c1 said...

Late
Night
Need sleep
IRC
Has me up all night
Bash-dot-org always needs new chats
-----
We
Get
Signal
All your base
Are belong to us
Somebody set up us the bomb.
-----
Guy
With
Open
Ass so big
You could park in it,
Goatse-dot-c-x: Sent to you!
-----
End
Of
The World
Flash Movie
Fucking Kangaroos
Saying WTF mate?
-----

(actually saying wtf has a lot more syllables than idve previously guessed)

so yeah, should recognise those.

orpheus said...

Right
This
Way, Sir.
For your pill.
Now that you can see,
Wish that you had taken the blue one?

buddhistMonkey said...
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Anonymous said...

Right
This
Way, Sir.
For your pill.
Now that you can see,
Wish you had taken the blue one?

buddhistMonkey said...
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buddhistMonkey said...

Spam.
Spam.
Bacon.
Egg and Spam.
Egg bacon and Spam.
Spam egg Spam Spam bacon and Spam.
Spam sausage Spam Spam bacon Spam tomato and Spam.
Lobster Thermidor a Crevette in a mornay sauce with a fried egg on top and Spam.

(Spamfibs, anyone?)

Charles Goodwin said...

I
write,
sweetheart,
just for you.
My darling baby,
it is so true, I love you.

Smile.
Shout
about
happiness.
Celebrate it now
before it is all forgotten.

James Wilmington said...

At the minute my job-description dictates that I write content for websites, based on certain key phrases. Ever heard of the bob newhart mantra: "If you have an infinite number of monkies, on an infinite number of typewriters, eventually one of them will reproduce the works of shakespear"

Well at the minute I am the start of a very long line of monkies.

Click,
Clack,
Monkey,
Monkey types,
The Typing Monkey
Spends ev'ry day, typing away.

Steve Glow said...

Ssh
Stop
Listen
Look around
There's more life then work.
Don't let your life pass without you.

Tii M said...

Boy,
Girl,
Eyes meet,
Moment shared.
Just like that it ends,
He goes, she goes, never look back...

Dan said...

Stink
Clash
Two feet
Diff'rent socks
Ran to catch the bus
Hate going to work on Friday

Graham said...

I did three, and think this is amazing!

Read
My
Website.
Best ever!
grahamcase.com
It will blow your mind, guaranteed!

Snail.
Small.
Sheltered.
Slow mover.
Alone in this world.
Will they learn to love you for you?

Trunk.
Tusks.
Big ears.
A grey friend.
Monolithic size.
The majesty of elephants.

Hooray for all things Mathematical!

Danny said...

Head.
Nose.
Three holes
in my face.
Five toes on my foot
Eight teeth when I smile really wide.

Anonymous said...

Love?
Right.
Who says,
what love is?
All I know is that,
Love is more than what one says, Greg.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! The terse style is reminiscent of haiku, so here is one in Japanese:



飛ぶ。
どこに
飛んでるの?
俺の手が痛い!

For those who can read Japanese but have difficulty with kanji, here is a phonetic version:



とぶ。
どこに
とんでるの?
おれのてがいたい!

For those who cannot read Japanese but can understand some, here is a Romanized version:

ka
ga
tobu.
doko ni
tonderu no?
ore no te ga itai!

Finally, here is a Nabokovian English interpretation:

"A mosquito flies. Where are you going? My hand hurts!"

ChefQuix said...

bees
leaves
sunshine
melting snow
what does this all mean?
Spring is here, retire the shovel!

Anonymous said...

You
too
could write
Fibs for friends -
some will read and laugh,
others may not understand it.
The point is that it satisfies your innermost needs.

Anonymous said...

Well
I
never
gaming fun
with but words as tools
and scarcely a sentence in sight.

Stuart said...

Work.
Sleep.
Tired.
Same routine.
Bring me the weekend!
Oh, that's right it's already here.

Josh Adams said...

Stink.
Funk.
Putrid.
Oh my God,
There's no way that's me.
Bratwurst smells worse when exiting.

Anonymous said...

fin
du
monde
meurt l'espoir
un an, une seconde
toutes choses sont confondues
l'histoire est consommée, le monde touche à sa fin

Anonymous said...

Yo
Yo
I like
to make raps
they don't always rhyme
I'm like andy milonakis

Anonymous said...

up
up
down down
left right left right b
a b a start i love contra

JeremyVS said...

"Brains" - an Urban Dead Fib, by JeremyVS

Blood
Gore
Zombies!
Survivors!
Build up barricades.
Attack now, tear them limb from limb!!!


http://www.urbandead.com

Anonymous said...

Bush
lied.
No Iraqi
W.M.D.
3,000 U.S. troops have died.
That is the same number that died on 9/11.
Can't pull out, we made our bed and now must lie in it. But impeach that son of a bitch!

Anonymous said...

Oops, please delete previous post. How about:

Bush
lied.
Saddam
never had
W.M.D.
3,000 U.S. troops have died.
That is the same number that died on 9/11.
Can't pull out, we made our bed and now must lie in it. But impeach that son of a bitch!

J. Phillip Jones said...

Fred
He's
My Dog
He has Spots
He sleeps like a log
He likes his chicken served in pots

Anonymous said...

sex
drugs
rock, roll
to much work
what does it matter?
you have a pc on the net

Anonymous said...

Beans,
beans
Magic fruit.
More you eat,
more you seem to toot,
and by toot I mean wild pants geese

Anonymous said...

Bush
Told
The Truth
The Weapons
Were being designed
The plans and components were found

Jason said...

Work
Sucks
too much
to be worth
all my precious time
just for a little bit of green

HiroMasaki said...

Ring
Ring
Ring Ring
Ring Ring Ring
A Bananaphone
Aneurysms are a bad thing

vinouz said...

hmm
fuck
what's up
How did I
took so long a time
and realize only this late
that the ultimate form to which life conform
in the simplest manner of sum and the purest rule of one law that ever was done
which relation to phi, in the approach of infinity, as the fucking oh my great label of badass libel, is hard to dispel
Would lead to such laborious shit !
that I prefer to quit
before I fall
Ass.
hole.

Topher Fangio said...

Macs
Rock
My world
Do the Dew
And do not be late

---

Hate
Love
God chose
Only Son
To die on a cross
For the remission of our sins

---

Nerds
Win
Every
Great contest
Dealing with money

---

Oh
My
Milkshake
Brings all the
Boys to the yard, I
Could show you, but I'd have to charge

---

With
Great
Liesure
I write this
While sitting at desk

---

More
Pop
Culture
Destructive
To conversation

Anonymous said...

A-
lone.
Alone!
Like poor old
Eleanor Rigby.
I make rhymes with Fibonnaci.

Anonymous said...

One.
One.
Two two.
Three three three.
Five five five five five.
Eight.. you get the picture by now.

Anonymous said...

Duck
Truck
You suck
Pass the buck
Sift thru all the muck
Doesn't rhyme well but who gives a

Anonymous said...

Who
Wins
West Wing
Tense Moments
Vinick or Santos
Who really gives a damn? I do!

Topher Fangio said...

Grief.
Pain.
What's life?
Then there's love.
Time will be wasted.
How will you spend your time today?

Topher Fangio said...

You've
Been
Hit Now
By Slashdot
Congradulations

Anonymous said...



書く
の好き…
数学は
私の愛人



かく
のすき…
すうがくは
わたしのあいじん

shi
wo
kaku
no suki...
sugaku ha
watashi no aijin

"I like writing poetry, but mathematics is my lover."

David said...

You
All
Sound like
William
William Shatner
Captain Kirk of the Enterprise

Todd said...

Start
Run
Google
Poetry
Fibonacci Search
So why is this page not on top?

Zac said...

Math,
Great,
Sublime,
Pedagogue.
Underlying form.
Reveal to us hidden secrets.

Topher Fangio said...

Yes!
Tits.
Boobies...
Across street...
Need binoculars!!!
What? I was talking about birds...

Anonymous said...

Drunk,
Still...
fired up;
however,
I can make my point
tomorrow from the bathroom floor.

Todd said...

Yes
Queen
Pink Floyd
King Crimson
Jefferson Airplane
and Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Anonymous said...

that
was
cool when
we killed that
frog. he will not croak
again. huh huh huh m huh huh

Anonymous said...

We go,
sometimes,
down to the park
to feed the ducks some bread
but when we run out of food they get mad

2/2/4/6/10
Its still a fib =]
-nexxuz

Anonymous said...

Four,
Eight,
Fifteen,
Sixteen, Twenty Three,
uh,oh...I forgot the last one.

Locke?
Jack?
Hurley?
Anyone?
I can't remember.
I need the last number right now.
(Don't worry, I will remember it again real soon)

Jeff said...

Sweet
First
Ever
National
Championship for
Florida Gators! Go UF!

Vineet said...

bollywood-esque take on a fib:
--------
yeh
dil
mera
jaaneman
tere liye hai
par tujhe khabar nahi hai!

[this heart of mine, beloved, is for you, but you don't have a clue!]

Anonymous said...

One,
one,
then two,
then three more,
plus another five,
and eight more make a fib poem. Dig?

Anonymous said...

I
Click
On An
Underlined
Link On Slash Dot And Find This Page

This
Is
So Cool
Radical
I Think So Because
Rhyming Is Mathematical

;) -Axe

Anonymous said...

Spring.
Cold.
I don't
understand?
If Spring is so cold
Then shouldn't winter be more warm?

Anonymous said...

Grammer mistake in that last one. SORRY!

It should be:

Spring.
Cold.
I don't
understand?
If Spring is so cold
Then shouldn't winter be warmer?

Anonymous said...

Tough
Jack
Bauer
C.T.U.
In Los Angeles
Drama such as this, you can't miss

Vineet said...

Bang
Bang
And then
The smoke fades
The rat has been slain.
Leave the gun, take the cannoli.

Anonymous said...

Please
Please
Math Month
Geeks only
This is baloney
Poetry by my math design
Much better than Tan, Sin, or Cos

Mike said...

Fib

a

poem

syllables

come from mathamatics

It's a fibonacci sequence

and you can take it as far as your heart desires.

Though after seven lines it really becomes more like prose than poetry, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

LATERALUS (Credits to Tool)

Black
then
white are
all I see
in my infancy,
red and yellow then came to be
reaching out to me,
lets me see.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine,
drawn beyond the lines of reason,
push the envelope
watch it bend

Scott said...

my
new
stupid
computer
can't seem to connect
to any other computers

Anonymous said...

Did
You
Know that
The Hiku
Poem started as
A drinking game with wooden ducks?

iKon said...

Day
One
Begins
Battered youth
Only time will tell
The suffering to be endured
A childs heart grows weary the day that it loses hope

Anonymous said...

dead
thread
bean said
all will have read
until it's stuck inside your head
fibonacci poems don't have to rhyme all the time

Gary said...

I
am
again
hungover
and class is at one
Damn slashdot and all of its fun

B.C. Biunno said...

So
Dark
A spark
Bright as day
Guide me on my way
Protect me until morning hark

VaderPi said...

Nerd.
Geek.
Driven.
Code Poet.
I am all of these.
I can code anything with time.
And while it may seem like hard work, I’ll love each minute.

Anonymous said...

WoW
Down
crashed hard
World Server
Stuck on the Auth. screen
Now I will have to go outside!

nescient said...

me.
you.
simple.
confusion.
friendship endures still.
what will happen from this point on?

Anonymous said...

All 7 letters:

Deutsch
through
Balkans
Germany
UKandUS
WWIcrap

Anonymous said...

Another from Slashdot:

Po-
et-
ry real-
ly should nev-
er be written ex-
clusively by geeks on a for-
um such as slashdot. They tend to really sound horrib-

Anonymous said...

One.
One.
Then Two.
Three is next.
Five, of course, comes next.
Then Eight. It's getting hard to do.
Next is D. We are counting in Hex - this is slashdot!

Anonymous said...

A python program, written as a Fib, that produces the first 20 Fibonacci numbers

try:
....foo
except:
....print "Display"
....print "Fibonacci"
....count = prevcount = 1
....while prevcount <= 7000:
........print prevcount ; count, prevcount = count + prevcount, count

nescient said...

stars.
moon.
ocean.
all awash in pale moonlight.
when magic is most powerful.

Anonymous said...

C
D
ED
BD B?
S A B. R U?
M A ED BD B 2!

Anonymous said...

Kid
Store
Candy
Choosing
Debating
At last! Delicious!
Perfectly paired words...Succulent!

Anonymous said...

All
Talk
Smalltalk
Edited
For content, time
Communication
Precise, descriptive, technical

Anonymous said...

Night.
Bike.
Too dark.
Much too fast.
Didn't see the curb.
Road rash is not pleasurable.

Tim said...

Bad?
Yeah,
Baby!
Milkshake, Boom!
Surf's up, space ponies!
Making gravy without the lumps!

Anonymous said...

Try
this:
write a
poem with
Fibonacci lines
and then post it on this forum.
Once you get far enough along, you won't notice it.
It's just like posting a regular, pointless comment except it looks like a poem.

nescient said...

notes.
words.
music.
soothes the soul.
classical, jazz, soul
hauntingly beautiful pieces.

bryan m. said...

Black Lab

come.
COME.
drop it.
Brodie - OUT!
please drop it Brodie
Jesus man!..AARGH..Drop the frisbee!
fine, screw you. you don't want to play? I know you want to.
c'mon - the frisbee.
just let go.
open up.
hey!
please?

rworth said...

Well.

So

Right is

wrong, wrong is

right, and nothing else

makes more sense. At least nothing that

matters. Til you read it skipping every other line.

But first make sure that you start by skipping the next line first and then you will know it all

I'm impressed, you've made it this far. Don't give up now. Read the next line up, go all up then all down. Don't forget to skip them still. You'll be done soon.

Anonymous said...

drip
drip
ker-splash
Snow melting
outside my window
sings of spring more sweetly than song.

nescient said...

type.
keys.
sticky.
click, click, cli...
A, B, C, D, EEEEEEE...
food bits, spilled coffee...latex gloves

Anonymous said...

Green
Eggs
and Ham
Sam I Am
I like this book but
I do not like that Sam I Am

Instant Soup said...

Slash
Dot
links you.
I click it.
Fibs fill me with joy.
Now I can not stop writing Fibs.

Anonymous said...

Loud
Bright
Rub Eyes
Now awake
Dorothy then thinks
"What fresh hell will this day bring me?"

Anonymous said...

so does this make all of us fibers?

bryan m. said...

For a Whole Week Straight

Eggs,
cheese,
avocado,
tortillas.
Egg tacos for lunch.
Breakfast really, but kind of late.
It's Terra's new favorite, and I have to agree.
It's a pretty quick meal to make.
But the best part is,
if done right,
it's de-
-lic
-ious!

Dendrimer said...

Fibs
Words
Ordered
in sequence:
not interesting
to me. Wait. Maybe this one is.

Anonymous said...

Push.
Grunt.
Force It.
Here it comes.
The turd drops. Ker-splash.
Ahh, that feels good. Smells like hell though.

Anonymous said...

one
one
one two
one two three
one two three four five
one two three four five six sev...crap


I
read
Douglas
Hofstadter's
Godel, Escher, Bach:
An Eternal Golden Brai-duh

(it was close)

Anonymous said...

מי
זה?
אולי
מחבל!
הוא רוצה למות?
אני שמח לעזור

I'm still learning Hebrew but I think that makes sense...here's a phonetic version.

Mi
zeh?
Oolie (rhymes with "pie")
Mechabel!
Hoo rotzeh l'moot?
Ani shameach laazohr

And here's a rough translation:

Who's
This?
Maybe
A terrorist!
He wants to die?
I'm happy to help.

Anonymous said...

Hmm in regard to that previous one, I did not mean to imply that I would kill or advocate killing someone on a "maybe"... :-/

trr said...

Wow!
I'm
Amazed
So many
People would want to
Write silly poems based on numbers.

Lavanaut said...

Fibs
Would
No Doubt
Appeal to
Christopher Walken...

Anonymous said...

Light
Bright
So Hot
Melting Face
Inside, outside light
Bright pain and smell of burning flesh

Chillable said...

red
wine
downspout
liberate
the bag from its cage
free your mind on Franzia time

Jayklub said...

Fight
Plight
No sight
This dead dream
I had a relapse
It contained no apparent seam
A recourse is the only solution to this hell
It is a test, a game of sorts, a plot of self worth, the strong will survive, the weak will perish

PR Smith said...

The
Red
State's Bush:
Traitorous liar;
Mindless robotic toy of Rove

Anonymous said...

Brush
Touch
Shy look
Then, once more
Now deliberate
What took us so long to begin?

Anonymous said...

facts
law
questions
argument
objection, counsel!
has the jury reached a verdict?

Anonymous said...

Vai

Prá

Puta

que pariu bundão

Vai tomá no meio do cú

Anonymous said...

rain
fog
dreary
afternoon
on Opening Day
welcome to the Boys of Summer

Anonymous said...

Zuele
Rules
Dana's
Mania
This chick's not so tough
Do not think of Mr. Staypuft

Anonymous said...

A
times
A plus
B times B
is C times C for
the sides of a right triangle

Anonymous said...

All
boys
can dance,
e'en fat geeks.
Here, I jump kick, leap.
March now, one pace. Quick: run, spin, twirl!

Sharon said...

Fibs
are
easy
if you are
a politician.
How do you spell hypocrisy?

Samson said...

Out
Of
Control
Feminine
Manipulative
Pain is her friend and she loves it!

Anonymous said...

Spock!
Bones!
I am
out of air
I think I'll die here
Unless the writer disagrees

Anonymous said...

PCs
Macs
Frequently Asked
Dont know what to do.
I think either one is good for you.

Gregory K. said...

This is some extraordinary stuff here today. As if this wasn't enough, here's today's post with links to OTHER places there's Fibbery.

Rock.
On.
Fibbers!

Camron said...

Code
In
Dot Net
Use C Sharp
Pick an IDE
I use Visual Studio

Mike O'Donnell said...

God
spoke:
"I am."
Then, he wrote
His cosmos in the
alphabet of mathematics.

Camron said...

But
wait!
There is
Java too.
Bill Gates, Don't forget
J2EE competes with you.

Mark said...

The German Guns

Boom
Boom
Boom Boom
Boom Boom Boom
Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom
Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom

(apologies to Baldrick)

Anonymous said...

1
1
2 3
5 8 yay
13 21 yay
34 55 89 toche

Anonymous said...

I
Can't
Holster
My shotgun
Get girls for some fun
Hit a sheriff, go on a run
Hijacked plane, toyed with the crew, fled far from the CIA hunt

BarkingPumpkin said...

Ring
Ring
Ring ring
Ring ring ring
Bananaphone, ding
Dong ding dong ding dong ding [BLAM] [Thud]

Anonymous said...

This one is dedicated to my dog...

Good
Boy
Driftwood
Survived Katrina
I am pleased we found each other.

Anonymous said...

Fibs
Lies?
Not these!
We're talkin'
Math sequence poems
Creativity with constraints.

Anonymous said...

Cow
Yum
Likely
Number one
But I like smoked eel
And other things that don't congeal

---

Bed
Sleep
Tired
Endless sheep
Lids close with no dream
I might as well get some ice cream

---

Work
Suck
Ball Sack
Dangle Doom
Where did that come from
I never saw that-OH MY GOD!

Hari said...
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harisub said...

Poetry with Fibonacci sequence,
Can make my mood really tense;
Using maths in poetry,
Is not not my cup of tea,
Will stick to my Limerick nonsense.

ke6pij said...

Futility

Not
Free
Software?
SCO
Tries to sue Linux
Through IBM but they will fail.

Anonymous said...

firm
fast
fixed
immobile
imperterbable

Anonymous said...

am
do
can could
should might must
would shall will did was

Anonymous said...

The
Best.
I am!
None Better...
Geeks shun my leet skillz.
All will bow down to me someday,
Worshipping me, the great master of humility.

TheFamilyCompany.COM said...

"Fibs"
are
not lies.
They are a
kind of poetry
using Fibonacci numbers!

Anonymous said...

Cool.
Poems.
Based On
f of n.
Dance of the rabbits,
rhyme the Fibonacci numbers,
f of n minus one plus f of n minus 2.

Anonymous said...

>> Bush
>> lied.
>> Saddam
>> never had
>> W.M.D.
>> 3,000 U.S. troops have died.
>> That is the same number that died on 9/11.
>> Can't pull out, we made our bed and now must lie in it. But impeach that son of a bitch!

> Bush
> Told
> The Truth
> The Weapons
> Were being designed
> The plans and components were found


Yanks.
Brits.
At war.
Just for plans?
It's because of oil!
Which country doesn't have bomb plans?

Anonymous said...

L33T
SP34K
L00KS 0DD
HAXX0R TR1BE
SET US UP TEH B0MB
ALL Y0UR B4SE 4RE BELONG T0 US

Stephonovich said...

Just for visiting mine, and challenging me...

Word.
Sounds.
Combine.
Plurality.
Of what do I speak?
E pluribus unum: dipthong.

Pierre-Luc Bacon said...

Here's a fib in french based on letters combined with a reverse fib (fib^-1 ?).

Anémiée
Trop ravageuse
On simplifie, rectifie
Salue et puis oublie, organite étourdi
Je me galbe à toi
Et reçoit l'âme du temps
egien aL
Seul, me suffit

Anonymous said...

0
1
Light!
It´s done.
That is Life!
Yes, sharp as a knife.
With a butter-smack on the edge:
So be careful and taste it without cutting your flesh.

John K said...

I
am
a bit
late to this
poetry party
math-based lyrics, nature's meter

LR said...

More
Bombs
Will fall
Before George
Tumbles off his wall
Berating gravity and gound

Anonymous said...

"Why
I
Ought'a..."
replied Moe,
and left us hanging,
as if stooges ought to know the rest.

www.zeiglerglass.com
Lexington, KY 40505

Anonymous said...

Munch
Lunch
Can’t stop
Eating rules!
Getting much too fat
Have to go on a strict diet.

Anonymous said...

Nurse
Burp
Diaper
Heaving yawn
And then (we pray) sleep
Her mother: so thrilled, so tired

Aaron said...

I love this stuph--I'm a math teacher, and I'm sponsoring a Math Poetry Contest for my students--this fits perfectly!

Why not bend the syllable structure rules? For example, a generalized Fibonacci sequence follows the same rule as the normal Fibonacci sequence (add together two consecutive numbers to get the next one) but you can start with any two numbers you want. e.g. 2,1,3,4,7,11 or 2,2,4,6,10,(16? too long?).

You could also play with subtractive or multiplicative patterns for the syllable rule: 11,7,4,3,1 or 1,2,2,4,8. Or how about tribonacci sequences, which depend on 3 starting numbers: like 1,1,1,3,5,9 or 1,1,2,4,7,13.

John Chennavasin said...

One
Eight
Zero
Solutions
Spyware purveyor
Your PC is now infected

Anonymous said...

Great.
Swell!
I can't
wait to tell
the world about
my interview. It went so well!

Anonymous said...
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Andy O'C said...

such
great
music
Nirvana
bit miserable
that will be courtney love i guess

our
love
is like
the summer
always nice and warm
and a day an last forever

Andy O'C said...

this is such good fun!!!

more
than
one way
to live here
we can live in peace
or have wars and kill each other

Anonymous said...

1. cool

1. fact!

2. origin

3. of fibbery,

5. really was fibs itself.

8. twenty five thousand years later..

13. from sanskrit prosody; and it has come to a full circle.

21. reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number

Anonymous said...

I
used
to like
Japanese
Haiku but I like
the Golden Proportion of Fibs.

http://lefthandandcolorblind.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

The
Weak
Haiku
Does not match
The power of the
Superior and clever Fib

kart said...

Hi Gregory,
I came across this and found it fascinatiing.
Here is my first attempt...
http://iamnovip.blogspot.com/2006/04/fibs.html
Thanks
Karthik

Anonymous said...

such
great
music
nirvana
lil miserable
certainly country love for him

Jolene D. said...

Moth
Big
Furry
Phopia?
I will admit it
I am deathly afraid of them

It may not be masterful, but I thought I'd give it a shot!

Vegas Bill said...

Fibonacci Sequence Poem from Las Vegas!

Home,
Lake,
Vegas,
Luxury,
Platinum Service,
Real Estate Investing Call Now,
Realtors Henderson Summerlin Condos Financing

Topher Fangio said...

Some WoW ones for your pleasure:

Mage:
-----

Sheep...
Sheep...
Damn Dots!
WTF!!!
Stop hitting the mob!

Wipe...
Run...
Scholo...
I hate pugs...
Still need these damn flasks...

Heal...
HEAL!!!
Oh shit!
Not again.
What is with this priest?!
Doesn't he know that mages squish?
Oh well, guess I will wait for a guild run to wipe again...

Pally:
------
Seal... ... ...
Judge... ... ...
Next Seal... ... ...
Holy Light... ... ...
Bubble, bandage, heal... ... ...
Pallys ARE damage over time!

Topher Fangio said...

Odd...I just realized that WTF has more syllables than What the F*%$. I meant the second one; WTF actually has 5 syllables. Sorry :P

Anonymous said...

my
girl
Ashley
is a blonde
who acts like a blonde
she is smart some of the time.

Anonymous said...

I
once
dreaming
saw my God
in the buzzing of leaves
on a radiant golden tree.

He
was
the force
that causes
electrons to spin
around a stationary core.

Yet
now
I think
and therefore
do not put my faith
in waking visions from my past.

So
long
ago
my teen self
trusted in a truth;
a leap my senior brain can't make.

Anonymous said...

(corrected 188)
I
once
dreaming
saw my God
in the buzzing leaves
of a radiant golden tree.

He
was
the force
that causes
electrons to spin
around a stationary core.

Yet
now
I think,
and therefore
do not put my faith
in waking visions from my past.

So
long
ago
my teen self
trusted in a truth;
a leap my senior brain can’t make.

Gregory K. said...

For those just coming to Fibbery now (or really, for anyone), please note that there are links on the right hand side of the blog to many other posts here with fine Fibbing. And in those posts, you'll find links to other places with Fibs, too.

Fib on!

Gregory K. said...

For all you Fibbers out there, here's a potentially interesting opportunity: The Fib Review. After all the contests and such, this looks to be a bit more leisurely.

Anonymous said...

M
And
Ms. Mmmm.
Melt in mouth,
But not in your hands.
Please note: also melt in washer.

Anonymous said...

In-
side
ev'ry
fib waits a
truth to be told. Come
out, come out, wherever you are.

Dub Dub said...

I
Love
Penguins!
They are my
obsession. so cute
wonderful, cuddly and gorgeous!

Pink Skate said...

Hot
Dog
Hot Dog
Big Hot Dog
Medium Rare Dog
Hot Dogs Like My Big Fat Stomach

Dean S. said...

Mind rings alive at 3am
Myth recognized; true
All kings men
Ever
4
gAin

-Dean

Hannah said...

My sister and I love dabbling in poetry. She sent me to your page so I could discover "Fibs." They're really neat! I think I'm going to have a lot of fun Fibbing. I know my mom taught me better than that... but I can't resist. :D :D
Looks like you've made Fibbing quite popular!

Anonymous said...

Ants
Can’t
Wear pants
When they dance.
Plus I’ve heard the news
They never put on dancing shoes.

Silver MLM said...

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