Selfies With Bernie by Yash Seyedbagheri

People want selfies with me.

I’ve been hit by a train. Police try to keep them from me.

But they keep coming.

“He smells interesting.”

“I can make him smile.”

They put an arm over my body, drag me around, Weekend at Bernie’s style. Brag about
how many likes they’ll get.

Someone mimes me masturbating.

No one speculates about what I felt when the train hit.

Answer: Tons of metal.

No one knew I called for my sister Nancy.

No one knew I also felt the weight of harsh words, drunkenness, and debts.

They can’t hear.

Contrition doesn’t get likes.


Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program. His stories, “Soon,”  “How To Be A Good Episcopalian,” and “Tales From A Communion Line,” were nominated for Pushcarts. Yash’s work has been published in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Write City Magazine, and Ariel Chart, among others.