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’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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