It is easy to see why Egyptians used to worship cats

Felines do after all think themselves gods

Or so it would seem

As they wait for doors to be opened for them

For food and drink to be laid at their feet

They don’t know distraction

When they are with you, they are all there

Their claws come out in love

Kneading your lap into a nest

And they purr like an engine running

They head-butt with pure affection

And they purr like an engine running


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Troydon Wainwright is a philosopher and Reiki Master based in Cape Town. Born with mild cerebral palsy and dyslexia, Toydon learnt to write as a way to overcome the barriers his dyslexia placed in front of him. “I wrote my way out of dyslexia,” said Troydon, “or at least to the point where reading and writing aren’t a problem anymore.” During the day he works as an educational facilitator (someone who helps special needs students cope academically and become more independent). At night he dedicates his time to writing. He has won a Nova award for his short story, The Sangoma’s Storm, and been a feature poet at the Off the Wall poetry readings in Cape Town and at Cape Town Central Library. Three of his poems were also included in the anthology Africa’s Best New Poets. He has also been published in the South African Literary journal, New Contrast. One of his Facebook posts, in which he took a stand against racism, has gone viral (

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