Dream Poetic Numbers

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

Rising out of dreams.
Prosodic features rising.
Parsing with numbers.
Prosodic phenomena.
With prosodic measurements.

Fibonacci ‘n.’
With dream poetic numbers.
Meter and rhythm.
In a literary form.
With such a measured beauty.

Dream revisited.
Revisited to make sense.
Of the Unconscious.
The source of all our knowledge.
Where we remain neophytes.

Dream revisited.
The Fibonacci ‘n’ dream.
Of sequenced numbers.
Begging for my attention.
And for my understanding.

Fibonacci ‘n.’
The Fibonacci Sequence.
Denoted Fn.
Each number is the sum of.
The two preceding numbers.

On my tiling brain.
Fibonacci numbers plough.
Hemispheric squares.
Mathematical wonder.
Enumerating patterns.

1, 2, 3 — 5, 8, 13.
Fibonacci style.
Mathematical poem.
“Liber Abaci” Sequence.

And without any warning.
In dream — fast asleep.
In algorithmic pattern.
My brain captured its image.

Developed clearly.
With magnetic resonance.
Fibonacci ‘n.’
Resonant at my waking.
By my sentinel sweetheart.

These patterns appear.
In mathematical form.
Spiral configured.
Forms found throughout all nature.
With an infinite sequence.

From this, I surmise.
The brain is like a vessel.
Call it receptor.
Recording while it’s dreaming.
Formulaic messages.

It’s up to us, then.
To decode the calculus.
Denoted F ‘n.’
That appears in latent dreams.
Manifested in waking.

The dream notation.
Is abstract composition.
Purely calculus.
Converted, upon waking.
Into our realities.

The Unconscious state.
Consists of its own logic.
Its own rationale.
With Consciousness, we mold it.
Transmogrified — with new form.

I dreamt of numbers.
Appearing as Dark Matter.
That came in sequence.
Interpreted to make sense.
Now called Fibonacci ‘n.’

Fibonacci ‘n.’
With dream poetic numbers.
Meter and rhythm.
In a literary form.
With such a measured beauty.

Rising out of dreams.
Prosodic features rising.
Parsing with numbers.
Prosodic phenomena.
With prosodic measurements.

About this poem

On April 11, 2022, while at one of my sons Long Island home, I awoke from a dream, and was informed by my wife, my sleeping partner and guardian angel, that while asleep, I had muttered in my dream, a sequenced series of numbers with a pattern that began as follows: 1,2,3 — 3,2,1; and continuing in like fashion, with 5,8,13. I am not a mathematician, and this dream message was a puzzle to me that I felt required interpretation. By later inputting the sequenced dream numbers on an internet search, I — lo and behold — discovered that there was a twelfth century mathematician named Bigolio Pisano (more famously known as Fibonacci), considered to be “the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages,” who had tinkered with the inert alchemical properties of numbers to such a high degree that he left behind in the mathematical world his legacy of what is known today as the Fibonacci Sequence, denoted mathematically as Fn. This initial Internet research and inquiry led me to composing a poem upon waking that morning and calling it “Fibonacci Dreamscape.” Since that portentous dream, and after having composed a poem as a result of it, I continue to receive from my dreamworld, potent hints that the “Fibonacci Dreamscape “ wants me to continue investigations of its fertile realm, and reporting to the “waking” world this, my latest poem, “Dream Poetic Numbers,” as a response to that request. Despite the linguist Noam Chomsky’s famous claim that the sentence “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” is syntactically well-formed, but is semantically meaningless, a “non sequitur,” I declare emphatically that in the bowels of the archetypal chthonic underworld, this statement is vibrantly full of meaning. 

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Written on April 23, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on April 23, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 23, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCDE FCGHI Jklmx Jxcnb Fodxc xxxpx ixxgo ibxxm ioFbx xhxpo xxpbx flfab nnlbx xxxxh cpokf FCGHI ABCDE
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 2,001
Words 391
Stanzas 17
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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