Walmart Parking Lot (a poem) by Georgie Abel

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by Georgie Abel (photo by Dylan Hightower)

I was this close

To forgetting what it feels like

To sleep in a Walmart parking lot

Somewhere in between totally fine and


Rock bottom


But probably rock bottom because

You’re totally fine

Listening to Radiohead and eating barbecue chips

With the covers kicked off


Because it’s Wyoming, because it’s August

Look at you, your hair’s getting long,

You’re moving without thinking about it for three days straight

(That’s a charming new development!)


The summer’s buzz

Was loud enough to drop you down

Into your body

Like you’ve wanted for so long

And now that you’re there,

And you’ve quit telling yourself that you should really meditate and stretch and

Save the whole world

You can be totally fine

Sleeping in a Walmart parking lot


And come to think of it

That’s all you’ve been searching for all these years

To sing with the chorus




Loud enough that someone might even tell you to keep it down,

Because it’s past midnight,

And there are other people trying to sleep

In a Walmart parking lot

Georgie Abel is a contributing editor to The Climbing Zine. She has recently released a new book of poetry called Go West Young Woman, available on Amazon. 

Her blog is called Movement

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