No we will not forgive, we will never forgive
We will shun forgiveness
And doom our children to an endless war
As our ancestors did before us
And theirs did before them
Because we are angry
And find our anger justified by scripture
Religion offers us paradise in the next life
And hell in this one
Because that is how we want to see it

We read the scriptures with one eye closed

We are blind to the verses that speak of love
That speak of peace and brotherhood
We find no justification for our hatred in them so we don’t see them
Or when we do we say that they are only for our own
That only those who believe as we believe
Are worthy of love
Are worthy of the God that created all
We alone are special, we alone are chosen
Therefore it is alright for us to murder
And do what we condemn in others
The path to heaven is paved with blood
Paved with murder because we read the scripture
With one eye closed and one eye open
Seeing as holy any action that gives us vengeance
That lets us judge everyone but ourselves as if we are God



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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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