Mall Walking

      by Michael Dylan Welch and David Ash

First published in Prune Juice #21, March 2017, page 7. Originally written 17 May 2009 on the road (Interstate 5) between Blaine and Mount Vernon, Washington.


red face
my credit card denied
at Target                                                                                  Michael

        eyes forward as I stride
        past Victoria’s Secret                                                       David

once-a-year sale
at the Gap
nothing in my size                                                                    Michael

hunting at Foot Locker
for the perfect shoes
         for mall walking                                                              David

        just window shopping
        at Nordstrom’s                                                                 Michael

third hour at Macy’s
again she asks me
to hold her purse                                                                      David