(From The Hymnal Of The Episcopal Church,

1982, Hymn 719, Verse 3, Line 3)


In the land of denial

latch key kids

pioneer malls

for frontiers


Graying grunts move out again,

unmoved by squashed gum,

through freshly spat landmines

on streaked linoleum


Trapped air

under glass domes

stinks of contempt,

mouths sour as stagnant mops


Half eaten cheeseburgers,

throwaway lives overflow

trash bins onto new prairies

seeded with litter


These shrunken centers of humanity,

strings of stores and eateries called malls,

open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

shield us from whims of nature,


America! America!

For god sakes


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