The words trembled as he read

Fearful of his gaze

And moment he lowers

His finger to guide him

They know he is ruthless

That many of them won’t survive the edit

That the word next to them or themselves could be next

He has wiped out thousands of them already

Whole paragraphs at a time

Phrases that were born together

Have died together,

Consigned to oblivion

Never to be writ again

Those who make it are grateful

And do the work of the departed  

As well as their own

Such is the price of immortality

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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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