Floyd Skloot

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June 24, 2016 Skloot Floyd

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The last time my father returned from work

there was just enough daylight left for me

to watch his shadow follow on the street.

I was coming home from the beach to meet

him as usual and I can still see

the way he stopped for breath under an arc

of maple limbs, the way he looked around

without noticing I was there behind

him on the rise. Sand rode a sea breeze thick

with the familiar scent of brine and fish.

Soon he would move again. He would climb

the stairs, laughing gulls would still be the sound

of summer sun, I would still be fourteen

and have no reason to recall that scene.

Floyd Skloot’s recent collections of poetry include Approaching Winter (2015), The Snow’s Music (2008) and The End of Dreams (2006), all from LSU Press, which will publish his ninth collection, Far West, in 2019. His most recent book is a fictional memoir, The Phantom of Thomas Hardy (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016).