Unexploded Ordnance

There are 350,000 tons
of live bombs and mines
still remaining in Vietnam

they are waiting
biding their time

More than 100,000
Vietnamese have been killed
or injured since America left

18,000,000 gallons of
defoliants were sprayed in
20,000 missions in-country

Because of my exposure to
Agent Orange Uncle Sam
pays me $700 a month

and I’m waiting
biding my time

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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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