Writing Exercise – The Fibonacci Poem

by | September 6, 2014 | Writing Exercise | 3 comments

 by Ashley Lister

 I’ve never liked mathematics. When I was at school, pocket
calculators had just been invented. For me that seemed to make the concept of mathematics
redundant. Why did I need to learn algebra and equations when I could get a pocket
calculator to do that stuff for me? Nowadays, when I possess a smartphone that’s
capable of doing advanced mathematics with very little input from me, my need
to know how to manipulate numbers has become almost obsolete.

However, I think it’s important to know about Fibonacci numbers.
For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, this is the number series that
goes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21… As you will have noticed each number is the sum
of the previous pair of numbers.

This can be applied to poetry, specifically with the syllabic
form of the Fibonacci Poem:



Us two


Naked and awkward

Until you do that special thing

And I respond with a kiss that never seems to end

The length of the Fibonacci Poem is your choice. The one I’ve
penned above goes up to a 13 syllable line, the one below only goes as far as
the eight syllable line.




Warm and red

Deserving much more

Spank spank, spank, spank, spank, spank, spank, spank.

Whatever length you decide to work with, it would be fun to
see your Fibonacci Poems in the comments box below.


Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. Lisabet Sarai

    by Lisabet Sarai

    spilling tears,
    smearing my eager
    cheeks. My mouth seeks the searing heat
    of your silky, swollen, unrelenting, urgent cock.
    I'm on my knees, brought to shameless begging for one blessed, bitter taste of your desire.

    The last is wrapping (21 syllables) but should be one line. And you have to scan "blessed" as two syllables, as in "Blessed be".

  2. Ashley Lister

    Don't you just love the way these forms make us focus on our pronunciation? I was reading 'tears' as two syllables at first (tee-urs, the way we pronounce it here in the North of England) and it's a cool reminder that I should be reading your poem in your voice: not mine.

    Love it.


    • Lisabet Sarai

      Thanks, Ash. Writing this was an interesting experience. The words came spilling out with their own rhythm, telling me how they wanted to be pronounced.

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