# Red, Red Robin

## My tribute to Robin Redbreast using the Fibonacci form of poetry.

I’d never heard of the Fibonacci form of poetry until I read a brilliant PHILLY DREAMER article: Poetry Challenge: Fibonacci Poetry (click on PHILLY DREAMER to access his Triond profile and portfolio), urging his readers to write their own Fibonacci poem.

“No,” I said, “Not on your life – too difficult – too much maths involved.”

But eventually, after much procrastination, I took up the gauntlet and had a go.

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Actually, the form itself isn’t really mathematical – as long as you’ve got eight fingers.  And even if you haven’t there’s usually toes to fall back on for the counting process.

A Fibonacci consists of twenty syllables in all. The first two lines are 1 syllable each, the next line is 2 syllables, then 3, then 5, then 8 – and voila! It’s complete.

And do check out PHILLY DREAMER’s article and poetry.  It’s a great article that gives you insight into all Fibonacci art forms.  Here’s the link:

http://scienceray.com/mathematics/poetry-challenge-fibonacci-poetry/

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Some people have already taken up the Fibonacci challenge and really raised the bar.  I hope mine is good enough to pass muster.

My Fibonacci was written to salute one of the bonniest birds in the British countryside – the pretty robin red-breast.

RED RED ROBIN

Hey

sweet

robin

red-breasted

gorgeous bird you are,

singing for me in the garden

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Once, some time ago now, I wrote and published a sestina poem on Bookstove about a robin.  You can read it by clicking on the following link:

Setting the Scene for Sestina

http://bookstove.com/poetry/setting-the-scene-for-sestina/

When I think about it, why was I worried about the maths in the Fibonacci form of poetry when I can write a sestina?  Beats me!

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75 Responses to “Red, Red Robin”
1. Mohamed Abdel Fattah Hussein Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Good post

2. BruceW Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Intriguing. Not a form of poetry I’d ever heard of, though as an engineer with mathematical training know what the Fibonacci Series is.

3. dazzlejazz Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm

You clever girl!

4. Audrey Howitt Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Very nice! Now I need to check out phillydreamer—Thanks Sheila!

5. MJRapp Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Very nice, and amazing how different your robins are than those in the states! I wont see ours for a few more months.

6. rubysexy Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Very nice, i love robin.

7. Lisa Marie Mottert Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Love it… great job:) Images are beautiful!

8. A Bromley Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Love the poem. Great article. The Fibonacci was fun to try. I enjoyed it. I also like the idea of having challenges. Keeps you on your toes. Nice photos too. I’m a bird watcher.

9. ittech Says...

On January 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

You’ve smashed it again, dear Buzz.

On January 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm

@ ittech: Dear Buzz?? The red robin is certainly very bonnie.

11. ginav19 Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 2:10 am

Great poem, cute bird…

12. Goliathe Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 3:13 am

I have a very tiny…phobia of tiny birds. I don’t know why. They creep me out

13. papaleng Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 3:34 am

14. Thell Stars Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 5:06 am

cute bird

15. observer1 Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

Fibonacci . . . is he related to the cruise liner captain who hit a rock, fell into a lifeboat, then came ashore and asked for some dry socks?

16. sheilanewton Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

Observer1 – you are one crazy person. Love your comment.

17. PHILLY DREAMER Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Awesome! I knew you could do it. When I saw the title I thought you were writing about the restaurant LOL. Now I’ll just have to look up what a Sestina is.

18. girishpuri Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

i like it

19. Fika Thiana Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Just another great articles from you.. I enjoy to read this… Thanks Sheila…

On January 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

for whatever it’s worth liked the poem(and I mean it!). and yes on Triond comments mean everything even if it’s just one word. So anyone reading this don’t forget to POST YOUR SAY ALWAYS…it’s so important and always appreciated.

21. yes me Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Like it Robins are one of my favourite birds cheers

22. Wrath Warbone Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

That is a knock out poem, Sheila, and you got a ton of comments. Good going! I like the pictures of the robins too. We have them here in my area but they look a little different. Their chests here are more orange and there is no white. They are not as plentiful as they once were in this area. I think the city offed them. Good work on the challenging form.

23. Jsqc Writer Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I love your Fibonacci poem in respect to the beautiful Red Robin. Brilliantly written

24. erwinkennythomas Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

imaginative! most impressive!

25. castleboundbook Says...

On January 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Excellent! I’m ashamed that I’m not as much of a commenter as some members here but I am enjoying your work!

26. Val Mills Says...

On January 20, 2012 at 3:50 am

This is wonderful Sheila. I’ve just come back from a short holiday and decided this is going to be a year to improve my poetry wroiting. You are an inspiration to me to get started!

27. indianwriting Says...

On January 20, 2012 at 4:42 am

a brilliant one…way to go..

On January 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

Beautiful Tribute. I love Robins.

29. Kristie Claar Says...

On January 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

Whoo-Hoo! I have yet to do mine but now after reading yours, I better get on the ball. Well done!

30. AmosTheCat Says...

On January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Delightful poem. Your English robins look a lot different from ours. Ours have a black head, back, wings and tail, with a big rusty red breast.

31. sheilanewton Says...

On January 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Ah, Wrath and Amos – you must agree that the English Robin Redbreast is the cutest!!!!

32. ittech Says...

On January 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

most interesting

33. ittech Says...

On January 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

i like it

34. ImKarn23 Says...

On January 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

I’m already a Philly Phan! thanks Sheila!

35. Victeams Says...

On January 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

Wonderful

36. xphantoms Says...

On January 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Weeew, I like it

37. Tulan Says...

On January 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Nice poetry and I like birds too.

38. realityspeaks Says...

On January 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

Beautiful.

39. shopamarwah Says...

On January 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

briliantâ€¦new insights to me about poetry.., thanx alot sheila.. i love you..

40. Socorro Lawas Says...

On January 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

a simple poem but just lovely. I love the pictures so much.

41. Lisa Marie Mottert Says...

On January 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Superb:)

42. ittech Says...

On January 24, 2012 at 6:49 am

I thank you. It is nice to see it.

43. zulfikar Says...

On January 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

so simple poetry yet very difficult to write.

44. Elove Poetry Says...

On January 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

nice

45. Daniel Crompton Says...

On January 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

A great new form. I read Philly’s post too (although my attention was promptly diverted leaving the challenge to more accomplished poets!) – I hear he’s now flown to other pastures, no longer posting on Triond.
The seasonal twist is a nice touch!

46. onestep234 Says...

On January 26, 2012 at 3:16 am

oh very cute

47. Nidhi Rai Says...

On January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Good post.

48. Rosettaartist1 Says...

On January 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Beautifully illustrated

49. Dora77 Says...

On January 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

what a way to potray Fibonacci Series and Robin Bird…..
You’re very good and infact i’m yet to read all ur posts.
Thanks sheila

50. ittech Says...

On January 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

most interesting…

51. tonyleather Says...

On January 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

A really good post Sheila. Great work.

52. Vinaya says good bye Says...

On January 30, 2012 at 4:16 am

I also did not know about Fibonacci form of poetry until I read PHILLY DREAMER.

53. mdrkarim7 Says...

On February 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

Nice Robin,,, cute and innocent………..may be like someone mirroring on…

54. Safa Says...

On February 4, 2012 at 3:58 am

Another wonderful post. The pictures you include in your writing are awesome. thumbs up

55. Nidhi Rai Says...

On February 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

very nice.

56. aheed411 Says...

On February 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Very nice

57. Dora77 Says...

On February 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Revisited to click “I LIKE IT”

58. Ixodoi Says...

On February 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

As always. Amazing

59. girishpuri Says...

On February 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

again here

60. Martin Kloess Says...

On February 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Working

61. nita kusuma dewi Says...

On February 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm

nice share

62. Angelji Says...

On February 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

i love the way you present a poem..

63. yes me Says...

On February 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

cheers

64. girishpuri Says...

On March 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm

beautiful red Robin , awesome poetry , keep writing

65. Nayan Basu Says...

On March 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

nicely written

66. PruandMe Says...

On March 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

terrific Fibonacci, even more adorable are your photos. Now I feel I must check out your sestina to find out what it is and for some reason I feel compelled to get up early tomorrow and catch a photo of our Canadian robin red-breast – thanks for the inspiration

67. CHIPMUNK Says...

On April 21, 2012 at 2:31 am

beautiful bird, with a unique colour

68. lauralu Says...

On April 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

very nice our robins look a little different here.

69. J. Anorue Says...

On May 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

as always, a professional and creative piece,.i dont know if id have the talent or the will to create a simple yet interestlingly structured poem like yours, but nice work

70. momofplenty Says...

On May 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

awe. lovely poem

71. Eiddwen Says...

On May 15, 2012 at 4:50 am

Thank you so much my friend !!!
I said in my last comment to you that you are inspiring me no end ;and you certainly are !!
I have learnt Freeverse,Haiku,Senryu and Rictameter in the two years that I have been wiritng on the web and now there is this one also.
Take care and thank you so much.
Eddy.

72. Lisa Marie Mottert Says...

On May 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

73. Kristie Claar Says...

On August 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Here again.

74. girishpuri Says...

On October 8, 2012 at 12:43 am

revisit

75. septana Says...

On December 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I hope your article gives a lot of benefits for us all

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