Monday, April 27, 2015

the mall

last truck backs in
loading shelving
and salable fixtures

rolling out
past full back alley
  dumpsters
stuffed high
with spoiled stock

empty mall
stripped of stores

25 comments:

  1. Have been having trouble commenting on your blog. Hope it works this time. This post is awesome as have been the last few you've posted. I'm a huge fan of your simple yet stuff.
    SC

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  2. Brother ollie,

    Much the same image right around the whole world. Throwing away so much, yet the Malls are filled with only empty units. Painted shop fronatages, to mimic life, if were occupied!!
    I think The Tired Monk, might be happier away from such commercial places:)
    Eileen

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  3. With the downturn, one sees many empty stores these days, our town's downtown has become a ghost town.

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  4. I feel the same woeful heaviness when I see the death of a community.

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  5. That pretty much covers most malls in America
    the mall is the relic of dinosaurs - with scattered ecclectic stores
    and a few people still holding on.

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  6. Malls are not my favourite places, and your poetic description of behind the scenes reinforces my disdain for rampant materialism.

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  7. Oh, I have seen that happen too...with big malls and small. Some strip malls have gone up but never acquired any tenants. No trucks needed.

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  8. I think the way consumerism are making those temples to mammon necessary.. Maybe we should refrain to go there.

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  9. Shops are a real dichotomy - full to the roofs but nothing inside that will ever fill our souls..

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  10. everyone can relate with the images here...

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  11. like the beginning of an end.

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  12. The economic downturn......sad that so much waste is involved, hopefully not of things people can use.

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  13. The economy is to be blamed. or maybe everyone has now a different priority

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  14. I find it sad when buildings are left empty...much like a life lost and empty.

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  15. How sad when this happens....

    Grace

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  16. The sad part is that the "spoiled" stock that is thrown in dumpsters is rarely truly spoiled and could be salvaged and better used elsewhere.

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  17. True of life as well.. so much to throw out yet so much emptiness inside!

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  18. Waste is appalling yet we still check the use by dates when we buy even though we will eat the food that day! New stock come in and fresh food is still dumped.

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  19. A great image you invoked of a dead mall.

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  20. Strip mall/stripped of stores. I like the association you made.

    I'd probably see if I could raid the dumpster for something.

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  21. Brother Ollie,

    Nothing much has changed in the malls, anywhere in the world. An increasing number of empty units, all bearing a painted facade of happier times.
    Towns full of charity shops, cut price food stores, tacky IT repair shops and exchange stores for DVD-CDs. An increased number of empty town shops as well...Very sad times...
    Eileen

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  22. Ollie, where the heck are you? Stop for a salad :-)
    ZQ

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