Poetry Friday: Equation Poems

I first learned about equation poems from Laura Purdie Salas’ Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations. In this book, Laura challenges readers to look at ordinary objects a little bit differently, imagining how they may have come to be what they are, or how other things might affect them. It’s a little bit poetry, a little bit math, a little bit science, and a whole lot of fun. Laura has been posting an equation poem every day on her blog, so be sure to check out her examples. She also offers lots of resources for teachers and writers on her website.

Because of Laura, I was inspired to try a few myself.

backyard – snow = green

robins + worms = breakfast

filled feeder + migrating birds = visitors

Earlier this year we had to take down some old pines in our backyard. I tried to make it up to the birds by planting some new inkberry bushes.

backyard – pines = homelessness

backyard + inkberries = bluebird delight

Catherine at Reading to the Core has the Poetry Roundup for today.

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11 Responses to Poetry Friday: Equation Poems

  1. Janet F. says:

    Rose, so glad you are featuring Laura’s wonderful NaPoMo project. I am enjoying it and you explained it spot on. It is fun but a challenge. And she has a wealth of resources and ideas and so much more. (We have been friends for quite a while and I think the world of her work in all of its many aspects!) This Kidlitosphere of poets and poetry lovers makes me so happy. Sometimes I am a way for a while with other responsibilities but it is surely my happy place!!!

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    • Janet F. says:

      Ah and not while not in the car I can say that I enjoyed your spot on equations. (I am usually too “long-winded”)and can so relate to your green backyard after the snow..in April! And the robins tug tug tugging at those worms! Terrific!


  2. laurashovan222 says:

    These are so much fun, Rose. “Backyard – snow = green” made me smile!

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  3. lindabaie says:

    I love Laura’s favorite, too, Rose. Considering we had snow twice this past week, I knew that wonderful thing would happen: “Backyard – snow = green”. Hurrah! And Laura PS’s book is marvelous, agreed!

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  4. janicescully says:

    Robins + worms= breakfast. My favorite. We’ve had so many robins in our yard this week. These are fun to read and to write. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. haitiruth says:

    I love your equation poems! My favorite one is the one about the migrating birds.
    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  6. These are fabulous, Rose, and thanks for the shout-out. I think you have the hang of them quite well. Your two backyard ones are my favorites–maybe because they evoke more of an emotional response in me? But they’re all clever. I love that you’re playing with equation poems–whee!

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  7. Elisabeth says:

    What a fun form to highlight! I’m inspired to try my hand at some equation poems too.

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  8. bmagee10 says:

    All of your poems equal fun, Rose! 🙂

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  9. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, I especially like robins + worms = breakfast. Equation poems are so much fun and you brought a grouping to us. My slice this week is featuring a Magic 9 thanks to you. I did credit you with letting me know about such a poetic format. It is not as easy as one thinks.

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