#EquationPoem 19

Before today’s equation poem, I want to say a big thank you to all of you who showed up for the poetry session of the Kaigler Festival on Friday! It was delightful to see so many friendly names in the chat. And if you want to write equation poems with your students, stay tuned. Tomorrow I’ll share a free video you can use :>)

It was great to co-present with Irene Latham and Vikram Madan. I always learn so much when I co-present, and I scribbled lots of notes. I tried to take a couple of screen shots of their presentations. Of course, I can never get truly good pictures with people smiling and being as warm and generous and enthusiastic as they are being in real time. But here are a couple shots to give you a tiny idea of the great things being shared.


For National Poetry Month 2021, I’m posting an equation poem each day. Maybe with an image, maybe without. I needed something very accessible and doable this year! Maybe you feel the same way? I’d love for you to join me, and here are several options for sharing your own or your students’ equation poems:

  • in the comments below
  • on social media with #EquationPoem–and be sure to tag me, please! (@LauraPSalas on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)
  • on the Padlet on my bookpage here

Now, here’s today’s equation poem. Yesterday, I cut Randy’s hair in the garage. Before the pandemic, the only person’s hair I ever cut was my own–can’t stand it when my bangs get too long. While Maddie was living with us, she was the barber extraordinaire, but now I’ve stepped into the role. Made me think of what skills we’ve learned during this pandemic–possibly a small silver lining around the storm clouds. When I was typing in my equation poem in Canva, my phone kept auto-correcting “bzzzz” to “booze.” I’m guessing the haircut would be a LOT worse had booze been involved! Ha.

And if you love equation poems, check out my Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations, published by Charlesbridge and with gorgeous art by Micha Archer.

Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

Happy poeming!

P.S. Click here if you want to see all of this month’s equation poems!

P.P.S. If you like these, you might also love This Plus That, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace, and Mathematickles, by Betsy Franco and Steve Salerno.

8 Responses

  1. Laura, I love this poem with onomatopoeia! I cut my bangs, too, and sometimes more in between hair cuts at a salon. Your post reminds of last spring when our oldest daughter asked me to cut six inches off her long beautiful hair. I asked, “Are you kidding me? I have shaky hands and my sheers are dull.” I was shocked when she still wanted me to cut her hair. I couldn’t go straight across because her hair is too thick. She was patient as I snipped each tiny section. Then, I had to even it out, which took even longer. She liked it. When I asked my husband, who has very short hair if he needed a trim, he ran into the next room. 🙂

    I watched a video of a person being too close to an otter causing the otter to squawk loudly at the person. It bothered me to see the distress the person caused the otter. It made me think of this equation poem.

    wildlife + distance + camera = respect Thank you for your inspiration and notes from your workshop.

    1. Oh, that’s a good one, Gail. It IS sad when photographers (or other observers) distress wildlife. Great haircut story!

  2. Yes! Onomatopoeia ( I am glad spell checker can spell this, I am never good at it even with coffee). You had me at garage, though!!! Clever. And I saw on tv an add for this comb cutter thing that actually looked like something I might try on someone. My son and his wife cut their kids’ hair and frankly sometimes my grandson has a slightly uneven quality.…but still cute and fine. I shared today (the 20th’s) post with my former colleagues. I hope they will give it a try.

    Here’s one for yesterday.
    (Spring — sunshine‑y days) x rain = sad photographer

    1. Aw, bummer, Janet, on yesterday. You know, I love clouds and rain, but I do confess that when taking pics outside, there’s nothing like sunshine for good photos.

  3. LOL. I’m fortunate Himself cut most of his hair off just before the pandemic hit… I tried to keep the style and even learned to razor cut, but in the end just got out the clippers… and he’s happier with that than he was with the other style, so I’m hired, I’m told. (Yay? I guess?)

    Your workshop looks like it was fun. I’m glad we’re still able to do these things via Zoom, even if Zoom wears most of us out sometimes.

    1. Hahahaha. Lucky you on your new job. I find it nerve-racking, but I’ve only done it twice. Thinking it will get easier :>)

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