How Many Fives Can You Find In
a maple leaf
a baby’s open hand
and wiggling toes
May flowers in sunshine
the scents of apple
the music of Louis Armstrong’s story
the tastes of the working week,
the Great Lakes icy touch
a pentaquark (leave it to the physicists to find the smallest)
the elements of religion
Tastes of Fibonacci
but last is bitter.
Notes: Five underlies modern counting systems, half of the base ten. It echoes through history and across countries and religions. Christ had five wounds. Shiva has five faces. Islam has five pillars. The Torah has five books. Sikhs have five sacred “k” symbols. The Iroquois have five nations. Buddhists teach five precepts and five evils. Confucianism has five classics (wujing). Alchemists and Wiccans adopted Aristotle’s five elements: earth, wind, air, fire and space (or quintessence). Chinese philosophy has wood, water, fire, earth and metal. Japanese philosophy has wind, water, sky, fire, earth. Mayans believed five symbolized perfection. The Olympics symbol has five rings. Tolkien’s world had five wizards to protect it against Sauron. A “perfect” fifth is how people tune violins. Louis Armstrong’s story was told by the Hot Five.
A Fibonacci Poem is one in which each succeeding line is equal in syllable length to the syllable length of the preceding two lines added together, or one, one, two, three, five, eight, thirteen, twenty-one, thirty-four, etc.