Dedicated to all the awesome women of the world, written on Woman’s Day 09/08/2016.


She is more than a helper

More than a mother or sister

More than a daughter whose laughter

Reminds her parents to smile

She is more than a listener

More than a lover

More than a counsellor

Or a survivor

She is balance

She is the breeze

That shapes mountains

She takes her time

Her strength strong enough

To never be violent

Her love as limitless as the sky

Into which she releases us

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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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