by YASH SEYEDBAGHERI
Santa Claus, Indiana by millr | Flickr
A giant foam Santa waves at the market. He holds a sign. Merry Christmas.
The world is full of signs. Small, large, all dominated by Santa. Where’s Moses? Mel Brooks? Even Adam Sandler?
I kick Santa square in the foam nuts.
He just billows, waving, arms stretched outward.
No wave for David Feldman.
Colleagues always speak those words. Merry Christmas. They proclaim the beauty of trees. Wise men. Tell me to try a Lutheran or Catholic service. Proclaim how different Chanukah is.
Meanwhile, Santa’s making more lists than Hitler and watching kids.
I kick Santa again.
Happy Chanukah, schmuck.
Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University's MFA program in fiction. His stories, "Soon,” “How To Be A Good Episcopalian,” and "Tales From A Communion Line," were nominated for Pushcarts. Yash’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, SmokeLong Quarterly, Write City Magazine, and Ariel Chart, among others.