Pecanland Mall: Monroe, Louisiana

God’s Infidels we drive to Pecanland
on Sunday morning
everyone else is in church
it’s the new blockbuster
Star Trek into Darkness purchase tickets

wait inside a 450-seat food court
eerie as a Klingon vessel.
Only one other group
sit in brown plastic chairs
a couple and their two sons

crew-cuts anointed
with turquoise and orange-spikes
a long time ago this used to be
a pecan orchard converted into
936,000 feet of 100 specialty shops

wait in front of the
Gourmet Chinese Express and Yummy
Japan Take-out an alien
arcade shoot-em-ups
no points redeemed oh darn

the movie clock ticks
inside one of 10 cinemas finally
Kirk and Spock take a wild ride
through a spacey continuum
orbit out

as the turquoise and orange kids
hold on tight to their Gameboys
listen to the prime directive walk
across the archway with parents
back to a convertible.

Pecanland Mall: Monroe, Louisiana

Pecanland Mall: Monroe, Louisiana


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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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