In this place where boredom rules,
the malls are rich and opulent,
full of toys to buy, to entertain.
But the mindscape is a desert
On the desert a great sandstorm blows,
furious with mall patrons.
The sand wants to visit their homes,
smash their tawdry bijoux
with silica hands.
Smash all toys.
Strike the white flag.
Grow flowers in the sand.
G. Louis Heath, Ph.D. Berkeley, teaches at Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. His books include VANDALS IN THE BOMB FACTORY, LEAVES OF MAPLE and LONG DARK RIVER CASINO. His interests include writing poems and short stories, hiking, and serving on the Clinton, Iowa Human Rights Commission. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.