Why would anyone want to

break their mommy’s back

Mom said as I walked

with her being careful

to avoid all the cracks

on a lovely April morning

But that was back

long before

Oswald and

Vietnam and


and Flight 93

When we were enjoying

 the beauty of the sunlight

 on a beautiful world and I

was fiercely determined

to never step on a crack

Bill McCloud

Bill McCloud's poetry book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969 (Balkan Press) reached #1 on the Oklahoma Bestsellers list (The Oklahoman). His recent poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today and Oklahoma English Journal. Among fans of his poetry are songwriters Graham Nash and Jimmy Webb.

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