“Brother” Poetry by Gboyega Odubanjo

Gboyega Odubanjo


it’s funny   because the world is
burning   this day is another

i wake up at 630   now south somewhere
you wake up   the day is itself

metro become evening standard
become sleep   but today it’s autumn

and it’s been a court-mandated 12 months
and you’re driving again   the world

is burning   i don’t care   you say
you’re going to buy a tesla and 

you won’t   we won’t make
a difference will we   easy listening 

on repeat   ‘til it’s smoke
in the car   smoke in the streets

GBOYEGA ODUBANJO is a British-Nigerian writer born and raised in East London. His New Poets Prize pamphlet Aunty Uncle Poems won a 2021 Eric Gregory Award, and his pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019. He is a Roundhouse Resident Artist and an editor at bath magg.

This poem originally appeared in SAND 21.