local_library Getting Lost In The Industrial Park

by Gary Bloom

Published in Issue No. 259 ~ December, 2018

I took a left on Merck Avenue

when I should have taken a right

on Exxon Street, at least

that’s what I thought as I drove

mindlessly down Boeing Boulevard

passing concrete barricades

protecting the entrances to

America’s corporate greatness.

Oh no! I just missed my turn

on Eli Lilly Lane.


I have a job interview somewhere

in this vast industrial park

where there are no trees

but miles upon miles of surgically trimmed grass

framed by blinding white sidewalks

not one human has ever walked on.

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Gary Bloom has been writing articles, poetry, and short stories for more than 20 years, with credits in Breath & Shadow, The Educated Traveler, Milwaukee Magazine, The Buffalo News, The Grand Rapids Press, Grit, Cappers, Oasis, and other magazines, websites, and newspapers. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato and worked for many years as a computer programmer and database administrator. Now retired, he spends his time writing and traveling. He lives in Pass Christian, Mississippi.