I Am

I am here

I have always been

I am all you see

Yet never seen

I am the word

On the tips of your tongues

I am the breath

That fills your lungs

I am the fire

You feel when you kiss

I am the pressure

In the belly of the abyss

I am the night

When the day is done

I am the heat

In the heart of the sun

I am the swells

Of oceans deep

I am the joy

That makes you weep

I am the mouth

That breathes the wind

I am the truth

No lie can rescind 

I am your constant

I am your whim

I am the flame

No water can dim

I am your rise

I am your fall

I am the light

That illuminates all

I am the first ray

Of breaking dawn

I am the cry

Of a babe just born

I am the view

from the top of the hill

I am the place

You go to when still

I am the moment

When all becomes clear

I am the love

That brought you here

I am the rain

That quenches the fields

I am the harvest

That patience yields

I am the roots

That anchor the tree

I am the end of infinity

I am the stillness

Of starless space

I am forever

Behold my face


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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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