Instant Understanding

by Yash Seyedbagheri

corpses, curves, and caseloads
crush cries
crying’s not sensational anymore
so spectators hoard statistics
and offer them to the hoi polloi
promising instant understanding
even if Mummy’s quarantined, Daddy’s gasping, and they can’t find a coffin for cousin Charlie
just stir fake news, exaggeration, liberal plots, Lenin’s ghost
for flavor. it beats hugs.
what crisis does a hug answer
what’s a hug feel like
maybe it’s best not to know, but they say
hugs are invasions of our bodily space
a promise of permanent communion
so Netflix and HBO make it seem
then a release into cold wonderland
think about what happens to huggers
huggers promise summer homes, sister’s perfumes, wide spaces and soft sands
and more hugs and nicknames, darling, sweetheart, dumbass
how many seasons do they last?

Poet biography: Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. A native of Idaho, Yash’s work is forthcoming or has been published in WestWard Quarterly, Café Lit, and Ariel Chart, among others.

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