Seyedbagheri M Y – Mir Yashar Seyedbagheri

Ode To The Captain

Be gone, J. Evans Pritchard, proclaims the Captain,
  an actor in a movie, confronting another tyrant
dad, but too real
    with his sad smile, who made us laugh
even as I dealt with parental edicts
and you Captain
 were demanded to entertain,
laugh. laugh.
be a lawyer, you dumb fuck,
proclaimed the mustache who conceived
words rolling over
like train wheels
crushed cerebrums
   even as the Pritchards
proclaimed how to laugh,
smile, live, how to
measure happiness. Efficiency,
without just living, taking to the hills
 the skies, when we wanted it,
   and now the Captain who
taught Dead Poets,
to sound barbaric yawps
proclaimed run-by fruitings a la Mrs. Doubtfire,
don’t talk about sadness,
 smile, starched smile, take pills
 don’t bother people, too busy
  conceal it all with a smile, a joke
for I have told many jokes,
why ask for love? intimacy? Jokes
  hide, like nesting dolls,
 Captain, our souls, sobbing
kudos to you Captain. Even in death
Pritchards from Dead Poets Society proclaim how to die
properly, to measure one’s coffins
rhyme, meter, axises
of superfluous
to give elegies as impotent as Ken dolls
I wear starched smile, wavering
   while people form friends
  looking not my way
 without dissecting
true souls, without metrics,
someone loves you Captain,
not lonely
 in peace, Captain, My Captain,
 for I too wear a cracked
little smile.


Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction.  A native of Boise, Idaho, his work is forthcoming or has been published in journals such as Unstamatic, Door Is A Jar Magazine, Maudlin House, and Ariel Chart. Mir-Yashar lives in Garden Valley, Idaho.


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