from “Butter Honey Pig Bread” by Francesca Ekwuyasi

“Before Kambirinachi, Banji was kind but never on time; he was generous but never on time; he listened attentively but, again, never on time. With his new lover, his internal clock shifted, or expanded. It grew to accommodate other people’s rhythms. You could say that he became more considerate. Quite simply, he considered Kambirinachi before himself. Dangerous, yes. But tis also allowed him to consider his mother, sisters, friends, and colleagues with more generosity, too.”