Compliance at a Roadside Detainment

The young skinny black man
placed his wrists behind his back
and mumbled past the group of
officers and out into the universe

Do what you’re gonna do
Do what you’re gonna do
Just do what you’re gonna do
Do what you were already gonna do
Do what you always were gonna do

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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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