It was a total and complete accident
that I saw you and that I saw you
walking with him and down that street
And the question came to me
just who in the world is that guy who?
and where are you going and why?

Obviously I need to calm down
There has got to be a good explanation
and I know I’m surely not the only person
in the world to have experienced this
So there is probably one best thing to do
but what can it be and all those others
who ended up doing the right thing here
just what was it that they all did

I don’t know who in the world he is but
he walks in a more assured way than me
and the cab that takes you both away
is black and white and dirty and ugly
and pulls recklessly back into traffic
and now I don’t know who you are

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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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