©Elisa Salasin, 2014

©Elisa Salasin, 2014

I said hello to a man in a truck
checking some asphalt patches on the pavement
He reminded me of my father
in his working clothes
& his khaki shirt
& his frisco jeans
& his old hat
& his wrinkles all over his brown face
& I remembered when I was four
& found my father’s handkerchief
in the back pocket of his workpants
& it was a polkadot red
& smelled of snuff


©Floyd Salas, 2014

Floyd Salas, a 1984 BAWP fellow, is an award-winning author of seven books, including the novels Tattoo the Wicked Cross, What Now My Love, Lay My Body on the Line, and State of Emergency, the memoir Buffalo Nickel, and two books of poetry, Color of My Living Heart and Love Bites: Poetry in Celebration of Dogs and Cats. A long-time creative writer instructor at Foothill College, he has also taught at UC Berkeley (where he was 2002-2003 Regent’s Lecturer), San Francisco State, and San Quentin Prison.

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