I Went to School Today and I Survived

Aware of your surroundings on the way to school
Walking with friends are they really friends
Slow down to go through the metal detector
Unlock your locker alert to those around you
Entering the classroom fighting over the desk
Only halfway listening to the teacher
Backpack held up in front of you at all times
Not wanting to go to the cafeteria
Or look anyone in the eye
Watching the clock the clock the clock
I went to school today and I survived

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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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