Sunday, 25 August 2013

fibonacci or doggerel by any other name . . .

Image by Dr. René Hoffmann, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

The challenge from The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads is to write a poem in the Fibonacci form - 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. It appealed to me this rainy Sunday morning and so I over-egged the pudding, so to speak, and produced three poor examples, all reversing the sequence. The first is inspired by the Nautilus image and yes, I know it's not a mollusc, but that's the first thing that came to mind! 

Snail
Shell
Empty
Abandoned
Once mollusc’s retreat
Cast aside for eternity
Unless another entity
Chances upon it
Fancies it
Moves in
Lives
There.

The second deals with the Ashes test matches in which two nations, England and Australia, play a series of five matches to decide the destination of the Ashes, a tiny urn containing the ashes of two cricket balls. 
Dawn
Drear
Summer
Grey clouds loom
No cricket today
The Ashes have been decided
Though England’s batsmen derided
For playing poorly
But they won.
Lucky
Some
Say.


The third effort refers to our house full of dogs, with our daughter's three Labradors, spending their summer holidays. 

What?
How
Many
Dogs are there
Staying in your house this summer?
Six Labradors, one Dalmatian
Three dogs will go home next Tuesday
Leaving just the four
Who live here
Always
With
Us.



11 comments:

  1. From a beach reflection to a topical event to homey thoughts. Like slivers of life as it is. These poems have an earthy reality about them.

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  2. I like short poems that actually say something understandable. Good job.

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  4. I liked your first fib....and yes, I do wonder how many different animals in succession live in one shell.

    And your last one....just love all your dogs. I bet your dogs will miss the ones going home when they leave!!

    You've worked the form well!!

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  5. Each one is a very vivid snapshot. Thanks so much for participating.

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  6. Lovely fib poems specially the last one about dogs ~ They are faithful companions ~

    Happy weekend ~

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  7. As Hedge said, each is a vivid snapshot of life from three very different points of view. I love these, Janice. Of course, I've always loved photos of your dogs, and the recent ones of your holiday home for wayward water dogs was just hilarious, especially Bertie and Buster in competition over the Kong.
    K

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  8. Enjoyable snapshots, and I imagine the baying of 4 is not much different than 7! ~ M

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  9. Fun to read and I loved the one about dogs-it was a surprise to read!
    :D

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  10. I enjoyed these .. especially the title, since so much of what I write I consider doggerel.

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  11. Hi Janice .. those are great - excellent fun examples .. very typically British .. cheers Hilary

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