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A Fibonacci Hibachi


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A Fibonacci Hibachi


I bought a Fibonacci
Stacked the charcoals inside
Doused them with fluid
Lit the grill
I remember still
The controlled venting
Perfection unrelenting
In divine proportions
The balance of heat
The touch of smoke
No joke
Pu-Pus extraordinaire
Aroma filling the air
You shoulda been there
With us on Oahu
At the au of lu


I found a conch
It smelled like raunch
Set me back on my haunch
‘Til I washed it out
And played it like a didgeridoo
Or an alphorn
Or a natural French Horn
No valves
At all
I can make the sound small
Or large
Comms to a barge
Or a sister ship
A jungle call
Or nothing special at all
Just music for the ears
And the soul
A kind of shell and roll
See what I did there?


The golden spiral
The golden ratio
Favored in nature
It seems to nurture
Natural growth
And stunning beauty
Pleasing for the eye to see
If we just let it be
Like Paul’s mom
In that favorite song
Mother Mary comes to me
With a wise-words intervention
No numbers mentioned
Isn’t that a pity?


I sold my Fibonacci
To a dear old friend
(S)he paid me in cash coin
I remember goin’
Right away to the store
Out near the shore
To buy me a longboard
Anticipation soared
Of perfect balance on ten
A touch of that zen
And lo and behold
The ratio of gold
Fibonacci was there
In the curve
‘Neath the wax
Made quick tracks
And grabbed a sample
Of tasty waves extraordinaire
You shoulda been there
With us on Oahu
Next to the Wahoo
Eddie would go
So ono


You have to count even more
Well, ok, you have to sit there
And stare
At the center
Of the sunflower
And count for many an hour
The tremendous power
Of nature’s infatuation
Bares itself in a spiral numeration
Fibonacci generation
Of seeds
To spread the progeny
Oh, gee
Ain’t Nature grand?
Let’s give her a hand
“Thank you very much, I’ll be in the area all day.”

1: I
1: Will
2: E’er be
3: A fan of
5: The perfect sequence
8: The golden ratio, that spesh group
13: Of numbers that give to the most ardent observer
21: Something with which (s)he can view, categorize and appreciate our wonderful world

© 2021 greg cain


greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 04, 2021:

Thank you, Maria! And you, as well.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 04, 2021:

You're very welcome. I enjoyed the poem. Keep up the good work.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 04, 2021:

Teodora - thanks much! It was quite fun putting it together, building the chart of numbers, getting more acquainted with all the magical things in our world that are described and designed by that golden ratio. Good weekend to you.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 04, 2021:

Hi Maria - I imagined in my head what a Fibonacci hibachi might look like, determined it would be somewhat Nautilus-shaped, if that would work. Since it’s imaginary, that’s the best I can do there, but I figured if there was such a thing, it would cook divinely, just like the divine proportion, its namesake. Thanks much for giving the poem a read. Have a great weekend.

Teodora Gheorghe on September 04, 2021:

Incredibly clever poem! Math, music, games, nature all in one.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 03, 2021:

I've always loved the patterns of Fibonacci, and the number sequences, but what kind of hibachi is a Fibonacci hibachi? In your poem, it seems to related to the pattern in which the charcoal briquettes are placed. Am I even close?

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 03, 2021:

Sha Sha - I think I invented the Fibonacci Hibachi, but I’d love it if someone actually built one. Hibachi is a Japanese grill and a delicious style of Japanese cooking, too. I’ve included in the poem the first 40 numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence, the golden ratio discovered/described by Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Bonacci, aka Fibonacci. The sequence/ratio describes and seems also to dictate patterns found all through nature in growth patterns and construction patterns: plants, trees, sunflowers, conch shells, Nautilus shells, etc. and so on. Also quite often you’ll see Fibonacci’s name invoked when looking at spiral staircases and the like. In any case, a little whimsy with the math for our Thursday night/Friday morning.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, Sha Sha!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 03, 2021:

Box, I have no idea what a Fibonacci Hibachi is. Something to cook with?

This is another brilliant display of how your mind works. Tell me, what is the significance of the numbers?

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 03, 2021:

So glad you enjoyed it, Pam. Thanks much for giving it a look. I had a lot of fun putting it all together. Good weekend to you, Pam!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 03, 2021:

Liz - I appreciate the insight. I did spend a lot of time with it, perhaps more than I should have. In any case, I appreciate you reading it, too.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 03, 2021:

Danke, Bill. Much appreciated. Whimsy is what I was after, with just a touch of whoa! Isn’t nature wonderful and mysterious?

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 03, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda! Yes, though the grill is really imaginary, fictitious, and I’ve yet to learn on the conch. Still, in that way, I guess we could call it aspirational poetry. Have a great day, Brenda!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading this unique poem, Greg. It tells us a story I think. This is well done!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 03, 2021:

This is a skilfully worked play on words and numbers.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2021:

What a fun read! What a clever write! What a wonderful combination of science and whimsy. Bravo!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 02, 2021:


What an interesting poem.

I can picture each part...love the sequence of the numbers of the word I can't spell...lol.

It's around every corner, but you found yours in a grill & a conch.

Love that it played great after you rinsed it off.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 02, 2021:

Hi John - yes, I maybe invented the Fibonacci Hibachi. Wouldn't mind having one, though. I bet it'd be kinda cool! Thanks for reading, John. Have a great weekend!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

What an intelligently written piece, Greg. The Fibonacci sequence is everywhere in nature if you just take the time to look.

This was certainly different but I loved it. Never seen a fibonacci hibachi though lol.

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