(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
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.