Mars Base One (a rolling blackout)

She drives with the skill
of an old alcoholic as she
confidently pulls right
up to the guard rail

She’d been listening to
a radio show about the
long-time secret military
base we have on Mars

Then she looks in the back
and sees two sleeping women
that she doesn’t know and has
no idea how they even got there

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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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