Are You OK?

Are you OK?

I can’t tell you
how many times
over the years that
family or close friends
have asked me that question

I always thought it was
silly a dumb question
Of course I am
What are you talking about?

Looking back now
all these years later
I’m thinking that when they
were looking into my eyes
they were seeing a future time

A time like now
when the question
makes so much sense

but no one’s asking

(for my dad)

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Bill McCloud’s poetry book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969 (Balkan Press), reached #1 on the "Oklahoma Best-Sellers" List (The Oklahoman). Most recently his poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma English Journal, NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal, Tejascovido, and The Coronameron. He has a poem in the new anthology Bull Buffalo and Indian Paintbrush: The Poetry of Oklahoma (TJMF Publishing), edited by Ron Wallace. Counted among the fans of his poetry are songwriters Graham Nash and Jimmy Webb.

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