How many times must I tell you I’ve told you

How many times must I say what I’ve said

A person can only repeat themselves so many times

Before they shout the message

Still you will insist on asking again

On not paying attention to begin with

And relying on my memory to be your memory

I can imagine your brain getting fat

While mine is lean and sinewy

One day you will have to do with out me

When your brain breaks a sweat

It will come out in tears

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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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