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

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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