That Summer of Last Youth

Your brother accidentally drowned
while everyone else was looking away

and then your father took that dive
into the lonely grain elevator and

a few days later you had to go
off to work where you always

came back smelling of mustard and
grease and unanswered questions

Then we took our final drive together
only you had failed to inform me

there would never be another

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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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