Yash Seyedbagheri – Dislike

Colleagues and acquaintances don’t ask how I am; they ask for my Twitter handle.

They tweet pictures of favorite ventis and retweet social justice tweets. They also ask for likes.

But they don’t ask about my dreams. For the record, I want a beer night with colleagues. A smaller apartment. Larger spaces amplify aloneness.

I request a 140-word summary of what they like in me. Artistic? Sensitive?

I get a smiley face emoji.

Then I request that they tweet the names of my favorite Tchaikovsky pieces and nicknames.

A suggestion to seek counseling.

A plea to like their tweets.

I dislike.



Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. His story, “Soon,” was nominated for a Pushcart. Yash has also had work nominated for Best of the Net and The Best Small Fictions. 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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