Math Fright - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

Math Fright

I have always been frightened by math.

 

8,473 km,

5,264.878 miles

between Amazon

rain forests,

Greenland

ice sheets.

 

150 acres Amazon forest lost every minute,

78 million acres lost every year.

 

11 billion tons of Greenland’s ice lost,

1 day.

 

Is someone not frightened by math

coming up with the equation?

 

Is someone not frightened by facts

coming up with words,

chips of hope,

guarded guidance

amidst the burning,

melting,

miles of denial,

 

funereal distance?

 

Feature photo: U.S. Geological Survey





About the author

Len Shindel

Len Shindel began working at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point Plant in 1973, where he was a union activist and elected representative in local unions of the United Steelworkers, frequently publishing newsletters about issues confronting his co-workers. His nonfiction and poetry have been published in the “Other Voices” section of the Baltimore Evening Sun, The Pearl, The Mill Hunk Herald, Pig Iron, Labor Notes and other publications. After leaving Sparrows Point in 2002, Shindel, a father of three and grandfather of seven, began working as a communication specialist for an international union based in Washington, D.C. The International Labor Communications Association frequently rewarded his writing. He retired in 2016. Today he and his wife, Maxine, live in Garrett County where he enjoys writing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking, fly-fishing and fighting for a more peaceful, sustainable and safe world for his grandchildren and their generation Contact the author.
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