Variations by Yash Seyedbagheri

A crumpled smile, a frown, an I-love-you, a nickname, a Zoom screen fizzling, sister’s promises, silence, a tear torn, face frozen, seas of statistics. A fist with no place to land. Glugs of Merlot.

Small smile, a fragrant blossom blowing, a moon dancing through silver-gray clouds, a wider smile. Long-stored dirty joke, spoken again. A soft goodbye, a flickering light at the end of a road. A shroud smiling through cracked ice, embers of Camels, traces of lavender perfume. A head turned to wide sky, a shy hello, stars darting out, a moon dancing again, a body following her lead.

Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. 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.