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

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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