D on’t you dare judge me on my mixed race skin

O r dismiss my fragile humanity in this fractured global society

N ever again will I be trampled on spat on

O bviously you do not take me seriously as your

V ision is surely warped toxic maybe even manic

A re you yearning to be loved respected or elected?

N ever in my lifetime will you continue to break me

B elittle me dehumanise me laugh at me mock me

E ven your reverberating negativity cannot delete me or erase me

U nfortunately your sickly personality will wither and die so do not expect a cry

K nowing you will not be remembered comforts me

E veryday I will pray for social justice new rules

S orry but you will just remain a dead molecule…

© Don Beukes

Who is Don Beukes?

Don Beukes is a South African and British writer. He is the author of ‘The Salamander Chronicles’ (CTU) and ‘Icarus Rising-Volume 1’ (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.

Don Beukes es un escritor sudafricano y británico. Es el autor de ‘The Salamander Chronicles’ (CTU) y ‘Icarus Rising-Volume 1’ (ABP), una colección de ekphrastic. Él enseñó inglés y geografía en Sudáfrica y el Reino Unido. Su poesía ha sido antologizada en numerosas colecciones y traducida al persa, francés y albanés. Fue nominado por Roxana Nastase, editora de Scarlet Leaf Review por “Best of the Net” en 2017, así como por el Premio Pushcart Poetry en 2016. Fue publicado en su primera Antología de SA “En busca de la perfección poética” en 2018 ( Editores Libbo) y su segundo ‘suena de cabo’ en 2019 (Gavin Joachims Publishing). También es un fotógrafo aficionado y su publicación fotográfica debut apareció en Spirit Fire Review en junio de 2019.

Poète / Écrivain sud-africain et britannique, Don Beukes est l’auteur de Salamander Chronicles (CTU) et Icarus Rising Volume 1 (ABP), un recueil de poèmes ekphrastique.Il a enseigné l’anglais et la géographie en Afrique du Sud et au Royaume Uni. Ses poèmes ont été publiés dans plusieurs anthologies et traduits en afrikaans, persan, français et albanais. Il a été nominé pour le Best of the Net en 2017 et pour le prix Pushcart 2016 (USA) par Roxana Nastase, l’éditrice de Scarlet Leaf Review. La première anthologie sud- africaine figurant sa poésie fut In Pursuit of Poetic Perfection (Editions Libbo) en 2018 et la deuxième, Cape Sounds (Gavin Joachims Publishings) en 2019. Il est aussi photographe amateur et ses photos ont été publiées dans le Spirit Fire Review en juin 2019.



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