February 2021 HUM OF HUMANITY Universal wailing rainforest burning choking up the atmosphere - Rivers clogging newsreels spinning daily global grinding gnashing of hungry Children gulping polluted air just hoping to stay alive whilst mothers desperately kneel in dark corners begging for open borders so their innocent children can be saved from starvation sickness and zero nutrition hoping desperately for charity angels to soothe their daily lament maybe even miraculously Create healing smiles to brighten young eyes and sing, jump, shout, with glee in an imagined childhood expected reverie but that was not meant to be as Power hungry rulers insist on continued global crashes stifling words halting progress destroying humanitarian bridges causing existential seizures A cry, a prayer, a melodic lament, hands raised to the heavens, a plea for invading forces to end their tyranny hopefully embracing humanity but what about the children? They beg, they crawl, they cry, they die, they plead, they bleed - Come, join in this global chorus, add your notes to the hum of humanity... © Don Beukes
WARPED CHIRALITY We are meant to be part of the same species yet you forge your own warped realities pretending confessing announcing orating your alternative existence from ideas born from your elected ignorance - Listening absorbing accepting broken lullabies from hoarse false poison-tipped tongues of larks whispering untruths spinning words But you allow your essence to soak up its negativity garnered from deformed misguided mentalities now so twisted you just cannot resist owning that leaking, lying Legacy - You see me as an unknown racial oddity not knowing my true mixed race Genealogy As you burn your obvious dislike for me through my startled pores but I see you as a lonely lost soul indoctrinated by spiral ideologies bleeding through you for generations whose voices now whisper even taunting you to throw that stone clutched in your shaking hand. Your
conflicting inner rage I can somehow understand, even pity you, but here I am, about to become just another statistic of divisive rhetoric and there you are, contemplating my fate - just another unfortunate fatality in Our Warped chirality © Don Beukes
Don Beukes is a South African and British writer. He is the author of 'The Salamander Chronicles' (CTU) and 'Icarus Rising - Volume I' (ABP), an ekphrastic collection. He taught English and Geography in both South Africa and the UK. His poetry has been anthologized in numerous collections and translated into Afrikaans, Persian, French and Albanian. He was nominated by Roxana Nastase, Editor of Scarlet Leaf Review, for the 'Best of the Net' in 2017 as well as the Pushcart Poetry Prize (USA) in 2016. He was published in his first SA Anthology, 'In Pursuit of Poetic Perfection' in 2018 (Libbo Publishers) and his second, 'Cape Sounds', in 2019 (Gavin Joachims Publishing). He is also an amateur photographer and his debut Photographic publication appeared in Spirit Fire Review in June 2019. His new book, 'Sic Transit Gloria Mundi/Thus Passes the Glory of this World', is due to be published by Concrete Mist Press.