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Capturing Beauty

Mir-Yashar D. Seyedbagheri

statistics rise from screens,
but don’t establish variables. how many
waltz to Tchaikovsky at midnight
or shower beneath evening’s peach and pink
every shadow welcoming, like an eight-year old child?
what is the statistically proven value of a smile
while you splash through rippling puddles?

they can’t quantify the size of the smile of
the moon
paying a visit on clear nights
drifting through seas of stars and
silver-gray clouds
while you stand among the shadows
and silhouettes, arms outstretched
the world an elegant blur

statistics capture
another tear
another fear
but the moon always captures
a smile

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

Yash Seyedbagheri


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