strip mall

on a bench
in a strip mall
with a hollow
gold casino,
microwave dining,
infinite tacky
stores,
brazen shrieking
brats,
& clacking heels
against pale cobble
stones,
I heard a sigh
and
felt your thigh
pull closer
as your head fell on
my shoulder
and everything
suddenly,
became so easily
ignored.

– Sheila Sea