this mall is still open


don’t ask me how

no, the locks aren’t broken


but it’s a demolition zone now


it used to be cool to go to Valley View

but all the people have gone away


no more 15-year old chicas or the occasional orthodox jew


those shops are empty, there’s no more soccer left to play

Club Jarro es cerrado, the last vaquero has left the building


the world’s finest restaurant employees will no longer pass through these doors


the once-great shopping mall is now crumbling


water leaks into buckets, trash cans, and onto the floor


a dying industry keeps the mall alive

cheap movies at the AMC keep the electricity running

instead of fifteen dollars, you can see Avengers for five

the vast emptiness from atop the third story is stunning



the silence is eery

the creeking of the escalator is the only sound

moviegoers stepping on it should be leery

fittingly, on one side, it only goes down


some shops closed decades ago, others held on to the bitter end

fidget spinner ads reflect the relative recency of one closure


but it seems like it’s been decades since they happened

black mold grows in the damp shops with no light exposure

I love this place, if only for the novelty

in what other massive building can you stroll uninterrupted?

where else can you go to see a cheap, new movie?

its emptiness feels pure and uncorrupted


it’s been on death row for nearly a decade

through appeals its death was delayed

it appears its bed is now made

the mercy seat is waiting, the debt must now be paid


nothing shall survive the wrath of the wrecking ball

all will go the way of the Wetzel’s


one day, every building on earth will fall

iron and steel will be twisted like pretzels

but Valley View will remain in place

in the end, when nothing is left on the earth’s face

and we’ve all been ejected into outer space

whatever’s left of the human race

will look back at our home

to find something that did not die

and there, alone

we’ll see its neon sign glowing from the distant sky



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