Walmart Parking Lot


You wouldn’t think Walmart’s superstore had closed
not far from the Oakland Airport on Hegenberger Road,
the lot stayed full, fooled anyone who didn’t know
how a high minimum wage had tossed Raiders
T-shirts into the end zone. All that’s left,
McDonald’s wrappers and empty cups
spell a mega mocha dose.

We waltz inside with discounts and seasonal stuff,
magnets on key chains, what we have is never enough,
streets filled with garbage, day laborers lean on cyclone
fences outside Home Depot for a long morning
of being in tow, graffiti crawls up sides
of buildings, a stairway to heaven
signed by the artist, Sorry, bud. Had to go.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore’s collections include “Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail” (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and “Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island” (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author’s permission.

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One Response to Walmart Parking Lot

  1. Nina Serrano says:

    Very sad and very true.

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