A Splash of Pink

Every year she has mailed him
a pair of her underwear
because of how it started

They haven’t actually
seen each other in decades
but she’s always known
where he lived and without
fail, once a year, she has
sent him a pair of her underwear

No one else knows, though once
some postal workers may have
seen a splash of pink, gotten a
glimpse of a splash of pink,
through a hole that had been torn
in a corner of the package, but that,
even that, was many years ago

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Bill McCloud

Bill McCloud, a three-time Teacher of the Year, has been teaching American history since 1974. His new book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, published by the Balkan Press, consists of 107 poems that take the reader, chronologically, through his year in Vietnam. David Willson, poetry editor of the VVA Veteran says the poems rank “right at the top of the heap” of Vietnam War poetry. Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the current poet laureate of Oklahoma, calls the book “necessary reading.”

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