Camp NaNo Day 2: Ode to Hand Sanitizer

Hey, when you’re cooped up at home, you have time to set up a scene with Barbies to illustrate the point of a poem! And now,  the product of StayHomeRhymeMo Day 2:


Ode to Hand Sanitizer

by Lauren Hallstrom


I have long regarded you, oh

isopropyl alcohol,

infused with lemon and added aloe

and a super power that works 99.9 percent of the time,

I have long considered you

a dear friend—no, a pen pal.

I want to write to see how you are doing:

are you still caressing every hand held out to you,

are you kissing chapped skin

that has yet to see the sun?

Your presence always fills the room

but I can no longer find you.

For me, lemons will forever mean clean.


I know you are out there

spreading yourself thin,

competing against suds and

feeling second-best.

I know what it is to be empty-handed.

Just this once, let me be the one

who can change what cannot be seen.

Let us be like you, let us all

perform our own magic.


Published by laurenhallstrom

Lauren is the author of two CIPA EVVY award-winning novels, both written when she was a teen. She writes contemporary fantasy for tweens and young adults. She holds an undergraduate degree in English at Colorado State University and currently works in a public library. More often than not you can find her there - promoting lifelong learning, staring off into space, and dreaming up new stories.

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