The Ominmind

The divine has a part in everything

It feels through the trembling of flowers

It sees through grids of insect eyes

As fish it inhales water

And synchronises the swimming schools

All unknowing share the omnimind 

That sees through everything

The hears through everything

That smells through every nostril

That holds its memory in the rings of tree stumps

And the shape of crystals

To think it has seen everything I have seen

And heard every sound that spiralled through my eardrums

Is disconcerting

Yet it accepts every part of itself

And considers none the lesser for what it has done

In my clearest moments I touch its memory

Where both the past and future lie buried

Like ancient artefacts waiting to be excavated   

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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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