Falter of Fortune

Oh tortured flight, Oh heavy strain

Know my wind will blow again

Oh kingdom lost where once I reigned

My will unbroken no matter how strained

Oh starkest loss, Oh fall from grace

That brings the truth face to face

Oh darkest hour your shadow cast

I’ll rise in power, once you have pasted

Oh falter of fortune, come to be

In this abyss I find the depth of me

Oh twist of fate, Oh divine door

That brings my spirit to the fore

Oh lowest low, oh bed made

Even the shadow has its shade

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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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