For post #100 on this blog I wrote a poem. This is post #200 and I decided to start a tradition.

This is a poem written jointly with Allison Bishop. It is an epic love story. Math is involved. The title is still in the works.

*The triangle was born in a triangle land*

* Where lived all triangles, hand in hand*

* They lived in three-sided houses and went to three-sided schools*

* They ate off three-sided plates and sat on three-legged stools*

*But one day the triangle met a square*

* And was stopped in her tracks by his four-sided stare*

* And the square himself realized in surprise*

* He’d never seen such beauty with his four-sided eyes*

*So their lives together they decided to share*

* But with this resolved, the question was where?*

*For the triangle world the square proved unfit,*

* ‘Cause through triangle doors he just could not fit.*

* After breaking a few when he could not make way,*

* The other triangles chased him away.*

*So the triangle followed him to four-sided land*

* But quickly found that wherever she’d stand*

* Her pointy end would poke and tear*

* So the quadrangle world they could not share.*

*The square had an idea, he would save the day.*

* He could simply give one of his angles away!*

* Since he had four angles, and she had three*

* He could cut one off, and well-matched they’d be*

*So he took some shears and chopped off a corner*

* Then looked in the mirror and found to his horror*

* Where four sides had been, there were now five*

* Oh what a cruel day to be alive!*

*But the triangle thought fast, she knew what to do!*

* If the square could gain one side, then she could gain two!*

* She picked up the shears, she was not afraid,*

* With a snip and a snap, two cuts were made.*

*He looked at her with sadness no more,*

* So filled with joy that he could soar.*

* Now they both had five sides, and went off together*

* To live happily in five-sided land forever.*

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I enjoy thinking about presenting mathematical concepts to young children in exciting and engaging ways.

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