I Went to School Today and I Survived

Aware of your surroundings on the way to school
Walking with friends are they really friends
Slow down to go through the metal detector
Unlock your locker alert to those around you
Entering the classroom fighting over the desk
Only halfway listening to the teacher
Backpack held up in front of you at all times
Not wanting to go to the cafeteria
Or look anyone in the eye
Watching the clock the clock the clock
I went to school today and I survived

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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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