Pathways by Marian Christie
by life’s patterns: a whorl
in a pinecone, branches on oak or elm trees,
the petal count of a daisy, the helix at the heart of a chrysanthemum,
the shell of a nautilus swimming in the ocean. A sequence hides in the shape of
probabilities, and in my own DNA.
Poet's Note: In this poem the number of letters per line is determined by the Fibonacci sequence: the first line has zero letters while the last line, representing the twelfth number in the sequence, contains 89 letters. In addition, the letters of each word add up to a Fibonacci number.
Christie's poem was first published on the UK-based website IndependentVariable.