(Photo of Adeyeye James Oluwatobi)



I give colours to every day

Yesterday - a star got stuck in the chest of the sky

Today - I screamed into an empty room

to look for my voice in my head

the lips of the night didn't stop

grief looks for attention

I breathe depression out of my soul

say laughter is a ray of light

say I washed my thoughts in the water of courage

a boy found himself a home in the throat of birds

you open your heart

a song drops from your jaw

you've resurrected from death

some pictures are taken because departure is near

name your days after colours

today's colourless, odourless, tasteless

I wrote my brother's name on a piece of paper,

carved it into a ship

Threw it into the river &

watched it sink

I could say it's a black day

He drowned!



Girl in blue

You stand on the rock of metaphors. Girl in blue.

 Do you have a damn clue?


About how you possess me each blessed day with your undying smile


Teach me how to trap the sun into my face. Teach me how to spread  goodness around


Your every twist makes my soul thirst for rain.


As if you are the magician's staff full of wonders.

As if your body is a throne - everybody wants to be king


Dear girl in blue,

     You walk on the river of dreams

 & dictate the flow of our eye


Adeyeye James Oluwatobi

Bio:  He is an Electrical /Electronics Engineer and a poet. He explores the intersection between human conditions and faith in his works. He was listed among the top 100 poets for the 2019 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. His works have featured in many anthologies and journals.