after Sinead Overbye


the way the days are peeling away now

is the same way they did before we got here.

yesterday, i bumped into a drone at a festival.

its face, a telegram from my great grandfather.

& because there’s a synchronous touch to events,

the moments come to us unseparated.

in this one, as his mother’s only son

my great grandfather is still being born

in the same hospital my father would later meet

my mother in. at the same time, my mother

has just given birth to me. she takes a picture

with her phone & sends it to my father,

who is worlds away from home.

& somewhere still,

the invention of the first mobile phone

is being debated upon. time dissolves

& we are a billion light years deep

into the future. i speak & my voice travels

faster than light. i speak & a drone floats

on the spine of my words. through time travel,

we wrap memories around our fingertips. in one,

i am sitting on a bench, watching my father

kneel to propose to my mother in the same garden

she would later die in. & at the same time,

i am waving my grandfather goodbye

at the shore of the mediterranean sea. at the same

time, we never get to the shore

because the ship never arrives. time telescopes

& my mother is still alive, taking a flying car

to harvest water from clouds. & at the same time,

we feed the sky to climate change. time telescopes,

the future mirrors the past. the present, a gold

rotting in our palms. & at the same time,

i am riding a fire-breathing unicorn to my sister’s

700th birthday party. we pour dragon milk

into paper cups & toast to the uselessness

of time. excuse me. i’m sorry. i think i missed

something. i mean, Bhabi, what year is it again?


Abu Bakr Sadiq

Abu Bakr Sadiq is a Nigerian poet. He is the winner of the 2022 IGNYTE Award for Best Speculative Poetry. His work is nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Rhysling Award and is published/forthcoming in Boston Review, Palette Poetry, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, Augur Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Covert Literary Magazine, Zone 3 Press Magazine, Iskanchi Press & Magazine, Lolwe, The Lit Quarterly, Rockvale Review, Best of New Myths Anthology, and elsewhere. He writes from Minna. Find him on Twitter @bakronline.

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