Day 3: Lines – a COVID-19 poem

My family braved grocery shopping today! Everything was fine until it was time to go to Costco…



Lauren Hallstrom


The lines at Costco are twisting

and pressing like a living creature

too big for the box it came in.

There is a line to enter the line

to tour the whole store, aisle-by-aisle

and wait to check out

to join the line to leave.

We are visiting a new kind of Disney World,

except the attractions are sticky conveyor belts

and sales on electronics.

Cinderella’s castle is a newly replenished

tower of paper towels.

When one person moves, we all move with them.

We are a school of fish; our motions

tug on each other.

We are connected in our need of tortilla chips

and baby wipes.

I can feel the invisible lines that connect us

even now, this far away.

Every so often people are tugging on them

and waiting for a tug back

to say,

We are still here, we are still here.

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.

3 thoughts on “Day 3: Lines – a COVID-19 poem

  1. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi Ron, I haven’t seen that happen before but I will look into it! Fortunately the images I use are usually just to add interest to the page, so the content usually isn’t too affected without them.


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