I much prefer shadow

Unlike sunlight it does not burn

When you fall asleep bathing in it

It does not blind with its glare

Thou at times it is deep enough to hide

The tip of your nose and the world beyond it


I also prefer what happens in shadow

The activities of the night

The heat without light

I love the way shadow shines

On those corners long forgotten

The way it keeps the mystery

Until a hand reaches into the unknown

And is enlightened by touch alone

There among the shadow beams

Travellers from the emptiness

Far beyond the stars

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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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