Camp NaNoWriMo Day 18: Mirror World – A Poem

Day 18! Time for an imaginative poem to break up the realism and day-to-day life.


Mirror World

A COVID-19 poem by Lauren Hallstrom


I spotted the girl in the mirror

from across my bedroom

when she wasn’t looking.

She was sitting cross-legged

and eating a bowl of Cheerios

and smiling into it.


Throughout the day,

while I sit on my bed

with Netflix on

in the background,

I look over

to see what she is doing.


Now she is rehearsing

something important

into her spoon

as if it were a microphone.

Now she has fumbled and dropped

it on the floor and is laughing.


Her friends are gathering

around her and psyching her up.

Making a fort out of

the books on her desk

while she spins around in a dress

made for going out.


Sometimes, I wish I could be

in her world.

Every once in a while,

I notice how the dust has settled

in my room and get up to clean.

The only piece of furniture I ever get around to

is the mirror.


One time, the girl in the mirror

saw me looking.

She saw my hand pressed against the glass

and lifted hers to show me

how they look

exactly the same.




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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