DISSOCIATION AS TIME TRAVEL by FISAYO ADEYEYE

Rolling coins & cat eye marbles
An excess of gold

Do not be afraid: of how the body lingers
after light, how your teeth ache in the cold
The soft burn of your muscles
pulling away from one another
The deck loses suspension & our knuckles
their suspense
The tissue paper. Your pupil’s blood-
orange in the lavender light

Mosquitos buzzing from sweeter air
to sweeter air

Yesterday was pocket puppets
& VHS tapes
Everything shifting sideways
Today, you draw me
a moth. A crumpled infinity

Tomorrow, I will show you,
I am not swimming

to be saved

—-

Fisayo Adeyeye is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University. He has works published in The Collapsar, Little River, Potluck Magazine, and has work forthcoming in Winter Tangerine Review, Inferior Planets, and The Wildness. Talk to him on tinybluewhales@gmail.com about ants, whales, and other animals of comparable size.

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Vagabond City Literary Journal

Founded in 2013, we are a literary journal dedicated to publishing outsider literature. We publish art, poetry, and creative nonfiction from marginalized creators.

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