"Salvador whose name the teacher cannot remember." Salvador is a boy who nobody remembers his and nobody wants to be friends with him.
"Salvador,late or early, sooner or later arrives with the string of younger brothers ready." Salvador wakes his brothers up every morning and feeds them and gets them breakfast.
"Helps his mama, who is busy with the business of the baby." Salvador takes them to school,feeds them, picks them up will his mom is at home with the baby.
"Salvador inside that wrinkled, inside the throat that must clear itself and apologize each time it speaks." In this picture it shows Salvador and his brothers leaving home to go to school.
"The hundreds balloons of happiness,the single guitar of grief, is a boy like any other disappearing out the door, beside the schoolyard gate, where he told his brothers they must wait." After school, Salvador waits for his brothers to pick them up and his brothers will meet him at the gate.
"Collects the hands of Cecilio and Arturito, scuttles off dodging the many schoolyard colors." Salvador is at the place they meet and now he is taking them home.