By Faniyi Oluwatomiwa Elijah
My heart skipped a beat
When I felt a cleaving in my mind
As if my mind split into bits
I tried to match it seam by seam
But couldn't make them fit.
I was seated by the graspy river bank
When I strived to join my thoughts together
But sequence was out of reach
Even the first among all thought
Evaporated and fizzled into thin air.
Trapped between memories and anxiety
A smile wilting on the pavement of my lips
What if rain misses her flight
And the dew misses the train
Will the garden of my mind experience drought?
My head is like a talking drum
Clutched in the armpit of a drummer
How can I dance to my own music?
My scars remind me of life
When it tried to break me, but failed.
Faniyi Oluwatomiwa Elijah, popularly known as Tommy Brian, is a young, ambitious, and prolific Nigerian poet cum writer. He is a final year student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Oyo State, Nigeria, where he studies Chemical Engineering.
He is a lover of God, a vision-inspired young leader, spontaneous, quick thinker, teacher, teen coach, content creator, personal development coach, a girl-child advocate, and an inspiring motivational speaker.
He co-authored an anthology book, "Songs of peace," in January and "wisdom pills for academic excellence" in October 2020.
He is the team lead of The Writing Empire, a hub of writers with a mission to breed people that will shape the future by words through their burning pens. He is also the coordinator of the Ogbomoso Book club: an initiative established by the society of young writers in order to contribute their quotas towards the growth and development of reading culture in Nigeria.
He is a globally minded person who is passionate about helping others unleash and maximize their God-given potential. His work has been published in local and international journals and magazines, including the Writers Space Africa. He has positively impacted thousands of lives and our nation as a whole through different platforms.