THE FRESH PRINCE
The Times tells me the Kremlin is closer to Kyiv.
The oligarchs who sailed their boats away from Britain
because Kyiv is in vogue.
They moved their boats from Britain
so their children don’t get teased
in their secondary schools
when they board.
I see Yellow and Blue on t-shirts
and on the windows,
This winter, blues and yellows are in vogue.
The “seminal global event” of my generation
says my professor
who preaches my culture.
His tenure telling me to listen,
in the West, in his class where I read about
the seminal global events of other generations
from the textbooks about seminal global events.
These books do not decide anymore.
The new prince of the West
makes viral videos in Kyiv.
I only hear the bombs drop in KyivKiev
when the Times beeps on my phone.
Now, the Times beeps on my phone,
it says ‘BREAKING NEWS:’
Will Smith hits Chris Rock at Oscars.
I hear bombs from Instagram
about the Seminal Global Event of my generation,
The “moment the Academy will never forget.”
After all, the Academy must remember for us
because they know we forget easily these days.