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
Here’s today’s equation poem. The Korean War Memorial is so haunting. I think any good memorial needs silence and a pause, a deep breath, to allow time to ponder and appreciate. To feel gratitude for the sacrifice others before me made for freedom. And the sculpting on this memorial–if you haven’t seen it and you get to DC, don’t miss it. The soldiers’ faces and expressions are just amazing.
And if you love equation poems, check out my Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations, published by Charlesbridge and with gorgeous art by Micha Archer.
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.
I have seen it, on a trip with students. We studied each of the wars & visited each of the monuments, a pause for serious reflection. My father was killed in WWII & his name is there on that memorial & some of the students knew someone through their grandparents whose name we looked for at the Viet Nam Memorial. Being grateful is important. Thanks, Laura
Laura, the memorial looks haunting from your watercolor even though I can’t see their expressions. The way the statues are standing holding their guns, with helmets and coats on, where they’re looking, the interaction of the three of them, and the greenery, makes it seem like they’re alive, but maybe otherworldly. Your poem is perfect for the memorial. Thank you for sharing and making me think.
Janet F. says
This gave me chills. It brought me back to when we visited with our son quite a while ago now, maybe 20 years. It was a startling site to come upon the Korean War Memorial at night along with the others, too, but I was moved here. I felt the presence of these heroic Americans. My uncle served there and talked a lot about it and our dear friend who is Korean helped the American soldiers and one in turn, took a huge liking to him. Our friend moved here and was in grad school with my husband in the early days of our marriage. We are still in close touch. I don’t recall any vegetation, though. We were with a tour I think. It was a great visit that we took primarily for our son’s benefit. I saw this but was with the grandchildren and that is a 24/7 proposition and if there is any down time I have to rest to rev up for the next activity. And I love it.
travel + historic sites = transformative memories
I’ve not seen that, and your artistic rendering of the photograph makes it look… real. Very startling. And what perfectly chosen words.