BEFORE THE MALLS

The Five & Dime,

where parakeets are for sale

and Coke’s are served at the counter

with a warm sandwich or a

bowl of soup. There’s

costume jewelry reflecting a

morning sun on busy shoppers

carrying paper bags roaming the aisles

looking for scarfs and socks

where a dollar buys a dream and

pennies have worth, while florescent

lights buzz and candy wrappers shine

with promise for hungry smiles

wishing for a quarter and a song

of summer coming soon just beyond

the front door where black and white

televisions are advertised for

tomorrows big sale.

 

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