An Uncertain Innocence

by Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri


The pianist drives, blowing smoke-rings through his mouth, joint in his right hand, when he hits her. She’s in the street, model train set in her hands. Cat-eye frames shattered.

There’s no one around. He can slip away.

She likely has children, though, waiting to tell her about their day at school. The pianist pictures   explaining that Mother’s in a distant place, to a child. A child who sees the world as an irrelevant stranger.

Like he once did.

The moon casts deep shadows over the woman. He turns on the radio, extinguishing the joint, shaking, alone. Like that woman’s child.


Mir-Yashar is a self-proclaimed Romantic and believes Tchaikovsky is the only soundtrack to write by. He dwells in Boise, Idaho, and is a pianist for a number of assisted living facilities, while he slaves away on stories of weeping mothers and other interminable dross that would compel Rod Serling to narrate his life.
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