Discipline By Troydon Wainwright


Discipline By Troydon Wainwright Whoever tells you it will be easy is lying Or has simply forgotten what it takes to get there The strength it takes is unimaginable No wonder so many give up And say it is impossible It takes so much more than time It takes the exclusion of everything That is not in its service It takes love too Because without love There will be no commitment It takes support beyond reason Many will think you insane Because you speak of a thing That has yet to exist And is only real inside your head Like a pregnant woman you must carry it You must endure labour Until it is out and crying in the world Where it will be embraced Because it is beautiful

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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 (http://www.troydonwainwright.com/when-love-went-viral/).

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