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.