Camp NaNoWriMo Day 30: “Routine” – My Last Poem in Quarantine

We’ve reached the end of the month, which means today is my last day of writing and posting poems about life during COVID-19! I was planning to have the year 2020 write a letter to 2019 for my last poem, but I quickly realized there wasn’t much for me to say that hasn’t been said before.

So instead, I’m taking a less direct method and summing up this month by writing a poem that centers around a feeling that perhaps some can relate to.

For those of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, best of luck on the last leg of the sprint!


a COVID-19 poem by Lauren Hallstrom


The fountain on my desk

is running again.

Sometimes I leave it like that

so when I reenter the room

it’s not silent.

Things tend to be too quiet

or too loud these days.

There is a knot

burrowing behind my eyes

and it is telling me

that I still have so much to learn.

I think it’s okay

to sit back and watch,


The water is running

over the rocks and shells

and bubbling back—


just the way it always has.




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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