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’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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