Tucking In (Claudia/Aisha)

Tucking in the
sweet sweet toddler
she almost stretches
to reach above but
her body seems to
change its mind

Bedtime story read but there
are stories we never read
at night or even believe

For some girls less than
a decade older living
thousands of miles away
the dream is of escape or
just maybe a swap-deal

How can we open
presents or go trick
or treating or back
to school shopping

when we know they are
still kidnapping
girls in Africa

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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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