Poetry Tow Truck 50: Patterns

There are patterns everywhere in nature. Patterns in music and patterns in mathematics. Today’s date includes a number sequence – 10, 11, 12. Tenth day, 11th year, 12th month. So today, we will think about using a number sequence of some sort in a poem.

Fibonnaci Poem: This type of poem, based on a Fibonacci sequence of numbers. It focuses on syllables, and you can write a single one or you can reverse the syllable count to create a poem that expands and contracts.

Prime Number Poem: Using a sequence of prime numbers, instead of using them as syllable counts like the poem above, use them as numbers of words in each stanza for a rough draft.  The first several are: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53

Fractals as Inspiration: Check out the fractal images at the link to the left. Use one of them as inspiration for a poem that uses repeated words and images as building blocks, just as fractals replicate themselves. This page has an animated demonstration of a fractal snowflake. (Scroll down to the History section.)

Only two more Tow Trucks left!  Thank you to everyone who has stopped by for prompts this year. Remember that all of the prompts from this year will be archived on the Tow Truck Archives Page – I didn’t try all of them, so you probably didn’t, either!

After the first of the year, I will be posting poems that I love every Saturday and discussing them. Many of these posts will include some ways to be inspired to create by these poems, although they will not be written as traditional prompts. I hope that you will continue to stop by and keep creating.

And enjoy Simon and Garfunkel’s “Patterns” – a lovely song.


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