The Safe Word

Every couple needs a safe word
only to be used to say Stop!
Because things have become too intense
or too painful potential or otherwise

Our safe word agreed upon
by us both was Love!
I suppose she was tough or
strong or able to take it all

Because in all of our times together
she never once said the word Love!

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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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