Photos of America’s Abandoned Malls
by Chad Heltzel
- Most of all, the stillness: the escalators
- stopped. Inside the storefront, mirrored
- columns glint against empty jewelry counters.
- Outside, a glass pane shattered blue on
- the floor like rain. The long hall,
- a track-and-zoom where sun falls through
- a skylight onto the escalator’s exposed machinery.
- In the food court, a toppled cart, a stroller.
- A payphone, hanging from its cord. A wall reads
- Rest Easy. From the ceiling, acoustic tiles
- peel like leaves. Another skylight, broken, and water
- has pooled at the base of a bench below.
- A planter of ivy has overgrown from brickwork,
- and the green reaches leaf by leaf across the tiles.
Packingtown Review – Vol.10, Spring 2018
Chad Heltzel's poems and reviews have previously appeared in Cream City Review, Faultline, Hamilton Stone Review, Fifth Wednesday, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, Sarmatian Review, and in Volume 5 of Packingtown Review. Chad currently lives in Chicago and teaches World Literature and College English at UIC College Prep High School.