All The Stuff

You can have that for fifteen cents
an old Dennis the Menace doll
And that for fifty cents
a chemistry set
And thirty cents
the board game Clue
Just take these
the baseball cards
And a nickel each for all of
these Classics Illustrated comics


At the end of the block
her husband stops each car
buying all the stuff back
Our boy was just eighteen you know
(mumble) Dong Tam (mumble)
very brave (mumble)


That evening he’ll replace all of it
The next morning she’ll put it
back out on the tables and
stick the sign back in the ground

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Bill McCloud is a poetry editor for the Right Hand Pointing literary journal and is the poetry reviewer for Vietnam Veterans of America. His poetry book, The Smell of the Light, reached #1 on The Oklahoman’s “Oklahoma Bestsellers List." His poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today and the Oklahoma English Journal. He is a faculty member of William Bernhardt’s annual WriterCon, presenting sessions on writing and publishing poetry.

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