Mall Mission This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     Her fanny-pack zippers jingled fiercely

As she plowed through fellow shoppers.

With quick steps and clenched fists,

She made her way down the aisles.

Family struggled to keep up with her.

She announced each destination

As the department came near.

“Shoes!” was bellowed to her followers

and a sharp right turn was made.

Mothers held back their children

fearing they might be run over.

A brisk stride she attained

in her orthopedic New Balance sneakers.

Straw-blond hair and purple socks

Can be seen from a distance.

Her floral shirt was a colorful blur

As she zipped through the crowds.

Finally, emerging with a victorious smile,

She beelined for the register.

Navy-blue socks and receipt in hand ...

Mission accomplished!



This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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