Salinger is Dead

(and the manned space program is ailing)

1965 high-school English class
We’ve all read Holden
and Mockingbird and
Lord of the Flies
Men were in space
and we were racing
to the moon

But in the 2010 world
Salinger dies at 91
having not published
anything since 1965 and the
Constellation program planned
to replace the Space Shuttle
is cancelled

All our dreams
all our dreams
all our youthful dreams
once defined now destined
to come to fruition, never

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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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