Free Verse – Holiday At Home

Prompt 18, Hour 18

Write a narrative poem set during a holiday. It could be a poem based on your own lived experience or it could be an imagined event. A narrative poem is a poem that tells a story, but the story does not have to be compete, nor does it have to be told in a linear way.


Free Verse – Holiday At Home


The holiday at home
started in March
of the year that lasted

The holiday at home
has been for our own safety;
keeping at a distance
all of those
we love.

The holiday at home
is one long day and night
on an endless loop
Is it March, April;
What may come
when June ends?

The holiday at home
has gone on too long
and yet not long enough.

For here we stay
until we can
end our holiday
at home.

Poem 18 of 24, written for the 24hr Poetry Marathon 2020 by DS Coremans – Forever Distracted by Life

One thought on “Free Verse – Holiday At Home

  1. The repetition of the title throughout this poem (especially with the C-19 subject matter) brings a slow but gradual sense of menace to the piece. We usually associate the notion of a holiday with enjoyment, ‘getting away from it all’ and a fixed period of time – but you have inverted all of these. I really like this.

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