Mixed feelings


by Alex Z. Salinas

Mixed materials is another way to create confusion.
Mixed materials is another way to infuse infusion.
Mixed materials is another way to have fun.
Mixed materials is another way to come undone.
          Mixed materials gives me mixed feelings.
Mixed feelings is another way to say you hate it.
Mixed feelings is another way to say you love it.
Mixed feelings is another way to play the fool.
Mixed feelings is another way to mix the pool.
          Mixed materials gives me mixed feelings.
Mixed blood is another way to say mestizo.
Mixed blood is another way to say mulatto.
Mixed blood is another way to say What are you?
Mixed blood is another way to spill the blood.
          Mixed materials gives me mixed feelings.

No matter what, this blood won’t wash away in the rain.
No matter what, this blood won’t burn away in the desert.
No matter what, this blood will flow to the beat of its own miracas.
No matter what, this blood will drink its own blood.

          And that gives me mixed feelings.


San Antonian Alex Z. Salinas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in 2011. His flash fiction has appeared online in Every Day Fiction, Nanoism, escarp, 101 Words, 101 Fiction, and ZeroFlash. He has also had poetry published in the San Antonio Express-News.

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