Sugar Straw

On Saturdays
the mall is still mobbed
crawling with security
and teens, being teens
white, black, and brown
strategically stationed
throughout the concourses

near an exit
4 Lackawanna girls
squeeze together
waiting for their ride
black and floral satin hijabs
lean in excitedly, for the latest

then the youngest
throws back her head
trying to get every last grain
from a sugar straw

© 2018 Brian Brown-Cashdollar