NEW BOOK RELEASE: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi*Thus Passes the Glory of this World: CITY OF DUST

Book Cover Art © Janine Pickett

Available from Amazon


I dedicate this book to any of you who has ever been marginalised because of your culture, religion, race or sexual orientation. This is for those of you who exist in the shadows, the misunderstood, the dismissed, the forgotten ones.

– Don Beukes

City of Dust

We refuse to admit it

we even avoid whispering

about it but we are all citizens

of a global city – A writhing organic

metropolis pulsing with untapped

potential being molded carved

expanded influenced harnessed

affected infected yet sadly neglected

by those in authority – Our elected

power-hungry minority boosting their

monetary superiority –

Just such a pity we ignore each other’s

misery knowing many of us are not

really that able to shine academically

socially personally politically

culturally whilst frantically clawing

for a place in an ever-evolving

global community increasingly losing

our digital privacy,

slaves to a new forced online era

where our unique biology

is sold to hi-tech giants playing god

with our identity our

very essence our preferences despite

our persistent defiance

in a frozen tapestry of humanity

where those who refuse to

modernise are branded architects of

their own unfortunate


Our forced dull disintegration

masking our captured

misery where countless unaccounted

souls are not free – Desperately

hoping to see a liberating

blinding light to end this global

cultural fight – Killing

our spirits each indigo demon alley

nightmare night

hoping to valiantly fight an

oppressing corporate might

but we think twice about who to trust

giving in to material

lusts scraping away our inherent

moral crust lowering the peace mast

whilst violently choking convulsing

regurgitating disappearing

clawing battling barely surviving –

In a man-made city of dust…

© Don Beukes

Scott Thomas Outlar says,

In Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Beukes sets the sights of his moral compass straight at the corrupted systems and institutions that control the global levers of power. His poems pour out with laments that decry the injustices perpetrated against everyday citizens by governments, financial oligarchs, big tech monopolies, and military adventurists who have upturned modern civilization through their craven lust for complete dominance over the earth’s terrain as well as in the minds of its people. In other selections, Beukes journeys into the spiritual realm, pondering about God, exploring the meaning of faith, spiraling with the DNA of generations past, and tuning into the echo communicated by lost loved ones that reverberates back beyond the veil to comfort those who carry on in memory of their cherished legacies. Throughout the pages of this collection, no matter the daunting nature of the problems detailed, there remains a persistent will to shine ever brighter despite the dark forces that seek to dampen the spirit of humanity and its collective destiny of awakened ascension.

-Scott Thomas Outlar, author of Abstract Visions of Light and Of Sand and Sugar

Who is Don Beukes?

Don Beukes is a South African, British and EU writer. He is the author of ‘The Salamander Chronicles’, ‘Icarus Rising-Volume 1’ (ABP), an ekphrastic collection and ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ (Concrete Mist Press). 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, Kreole (Mauritius) 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 Cape Town). He is also an amateur photographer and his debut Photographic publication appeared in
Spirit Fire Review in June 2019.



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