Camp NaNoWriMo Poem Day 29: Are We Living in a Movie?

#StayHomeRhymeMo and the month of April are winding down, and writing a poem a day about COVID-19 has really helped me handle and make sense of the situation. Creativity does wonders! I know that lately it can sometimes feel like we’re living in a movie we have little control over. And thus, this poem:

Copyright © 2020 The World

a covid-19 poem by Lauren Hallstrom


There’s a copyright symbol in the sky.

I saw it yesterday

when I finally set foot outside

to catch a glimpse of the clouds

and practice breathing

through a mask.

It’s stamped

in a lighter shade of blue

at the highest point.

You can only see it

if you crane your neck.

I don’t think anyone else is looking.


No one looks up anymore.

Perhaps we are all unwitting actors

in our own experimental movie.

At any moment

a false wall

will slide away

and we will see the production crew

and the lights and boom

mics. For now,

I’m going to sit here

and watch the sky

and wait for the next big thing to happen.




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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