Post-apocalypse for dummies, illustrated by John Yoyogi Fortes

Post-apocalypse for dummies

Food and water. Guard these with guns,
and if you can, keep them loaded.
The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
stockpiled by two boys, ten years old—
open your mouth and walk right up.

Some kids might not shoot if beseeched
by an old man with six orphans.
Make your fort far above the ground.
You’ll need a swing set to get in.
Postcard blockhouses in the sun

wait nervously while mobs of men
rock and topple the clock tower.
Sip water and watch. The children
are quiet with their vantage view.
People are living on the bridge.

The honeybees became too few.
There’s nothing Superman can do.


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