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THAT THERE IS SOMETHING I SHOULD REMEMBER TO DO; POST-APOCALYPTIC CRIMES

By: Jimmy Symington IV


THAT THERE IS SOMETHING

I SHOULD REMEMBER TO DO


I drain night 


for its ashes.


I baptize salt


to store the sun.  


I gather what


little bone is left   


under my feet.


what have you been 


doing with all this time?



with all this time?


I have named years


with my hands


as I ground feathers 


with my teeth.


I clothe the air 


with words,  


and watch myth 


accept Earth. 






POST-APOCALYPTIC CRIMES


we must put to sleep 

the last heart,

to obscure the purpose 

already lost in our eyes. 

only to be balanced 

by annihilated curiosity.

all the figures yell into the sun

which serpent whispers now?

there are maggots in the kitchen.

spit will close our dimension  

still hunt at my back.

I am a criminal,

and the apocalypse, over.  


Jimmy Symington IV holds an MFA from Columbia University where he was a poetry fellow, and a BA in philosophy from Stony Brook University, where he received the Socratic Legacy Award. He is a contributing poetry editor at American Chordata. He currently lives and works in New York.


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