Camp NaNoWriMo Day 16: Small Talk With Objects Around the Room: A Poem

It’s Day 16 of my StayHomeRhymeMo challenge to write one poem about COVID-19 every day in April! I never was one for small talk, but maybe this kind is more interesting:

Small Talk With Objects Around the Room

A COVID-19 poem by Lauren Hallstrom


I want to know truly how you are doing.

Sometimes I find myself passing by

and forgetting to ask.

This weather you have created is delightful,

ceiling fan. I don’t know how you always have

so much energy to circle back

and redo what has already been done

over and over.

Sticky note, I trust your family is in good health.

I know you and your siblings have always been

joined at the hip.

What do you think of everything

going on in the world?

Have you seen the price of gas lately?

Have you researched no-sew masks?

I must admit, I am one to prefer

the day-to-day.

I like that I know what to ask

and what you will say.

By the way,

Bookend, I envy the way you

hold yourself.

Standing tall, steady, and

in control.




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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