Day 8 Camp NaNoWriMo: Home Learning – A Poem

Week 2 of NaNoWriMo and my novel is starting to get overlooked, just like it has right around this time in the past couple NaNos. Gotta fix that. Why are poetry words easier to pound out than novel words?


Home Learning

a poem by Lauren Hallstrom


Yesterday I found my old school globe

in the closet where I left it after graduating high school

and I balanced it in my hands

and noticed how every country is a different color.

It was squeaking on its axle and the equator sticker was peeling off

and I said to myself, “So this is what it is like to hold the world in your hands.”

And perhaps it is, though it would be certainly a little less dusty, and

this one weighs less than I thought it would.


If an ant were to find its way onto this spherical toy right now

and traverse the Atlantic Ocean and get stuck on the equator sticker,

it would be like the entire state of Florida uprooting itself and deciding

to go on a cruise.


Somewhere around here

is the inflatable beach ball Earth

we bought for homeschool when I was ten,

probably sitting on a shelf,

slightly deflated and embracing its wrinkles.

Maybe if I could hold it,

I would let it slip through my fingers,

just to see if it would bounce.

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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