I watched him take a long,
confident drag from his cigarette –
the ashes hanging like a paralyzed limb –
and I became strangely jealous of
his ability to waver between
protagonist and antagonist of his life as he
lived and killed
R.M. Cymber is a graduate student at Fontbonne University in St Louis, Missouri. Some of his works are featured in Scrutiny Journal, The Provo Canyon Review, and Crack the Spine Literary Magazine. His poem “Manna” was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. He is also an editor at River Styx Literary Magazine. Currently, he is writing poetry and short stories.