Mathematics Teachers

Dedicated to the memories of Laura Church and T. K. Pan

Chalk in hand,
she tosses down the book,
excited by trigonometry,
excited that we,
restless in our rows,
caught some of it.
Flamboyant, silver,
imperial woman,
opening minds.

He leans
toward the blackboard,
drawing quick sketches
to show us why the one-form
is the heart of the matter,
the seed for intuition
to put forth new ideas.
Thoughtful, graceful,
passionate man,
understanding hearts.

Though their words are lost in years,
they opened windows through which I gaze,
grateful and dissatisfied.

-- JoAnne Growney