It Only Took A Moment by Troydon Wainwright

t Only Took A Moment By Troydon Wainwright It only took a moment For everything to change For the world to shed its skin And become something darker Before everything had it’s place Bad things happened But nothing that couldn’t be mended Or eventually forgotten The world remained safe And the bad things in it Only ever happened to people far away Then darkness came to my door And entered without knocking I begged it go But it stayed without moving Everything else had to rearrange around it Now I weep for what was For dreams that will stay dreams And for the world that ended When the real world entered

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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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