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Hierarchy of Names      
                 by Mir Yashar Seyedbagheri

Nick’s stepfather, Cyril, offers Nick his surname. Nick’s thirty-three.
Nick is moved by the insistence, the gesture from one man to another, neither linked by blood.
Once he bore a father’s name that held lectures, Polo cologne, calculation, and discarding people. He discarded Mother and a litany of girlfriends.
Nick wants to choose a name. Dubois? DiCenzo? They convey glaring artifice.
His stepfather offers his surname again.
At least Nick would be part of a family of writers and actors, people who recite soliloquies playing bongos. Mother would feel completion too.
Maybe, Nick says. And just maybe, he means it.

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