Brown Sweater

Sol works the polling place at
the corner of Charming and 73rd
Last night he laid out his brown
sweater He brought his lunch with
him so he would not have to leave
his table except for the three
times he went to the men’s room
and even then he made it fast
Sol knows his work is important
and brings him in touch with
so many people from the
neighborhood and he knows
they all seem to understand how
important his job is as he hands
each one a sticker that says
I Voted and he straightens out
a wrinkle in his sweater and wishes
that every day was election day

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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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