Author Don Beukes: Je Suis ~ I am


My arrival in this galaxy perhaps

whispered through prophesy or even

shrouded in muted controversy –

Whatever predicted my existence

it could not prevent my shrieking

emergence into this alien world in

which I was pulled into, sucking in

choking gases whilst forcibly fed

man-made molasses –


Visual overload of exploding blinding

color, preventing me to really see the

true nature of humanity – Conditioned

to obey and develop all senses, my

sacred essence defensibly erected emotional

fences – Language acquisition tongue-twisted

bilingual capacity systematically stunted –

My expected motherly bond not immediately

found – This ancient philia would only

mature in a future year –


Emotional development ensuring my

long-lasting entrapment – Life’s broken tools

turning those around me into robotic fools,

Early achievements periodically praised

yet I stumbled along in life’s hazardous maze –


My identity revealed, breaking

the invisible shield

slight adjustment – Tuning

my disintegrating

development –







genetic malnourishing

healing the generational sting

forced human interaction challenging

but only by a fraction –


I am what you made me

thank you for your agape

even though I went astray

your aura never too far –


Je suis moi –

I am me…


© Don Beukes


Excerpt from the book “The Salamander Chronicles”

don-beukesAbout the Author

Mr. Don Beukes is a retired teacher of English and Geography. Originally from Cape Town in South Africa, he grew up in the shadow of Table Mountain, always aspiring to achieve the best in life, despite living in a racially divided country. He lives by his favorite motto ‘Carpe Diem’ and endeavors to seize every opportunity in life to make the most of each day. This also filters through to his poetry, attempting to adjust our moral compass in our ever-changing global village. He enjoys gardening and is a keen amateur photographer.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Salamander Chronicles – Don Beukes and commented:
    My second excerpt from my debut collection. Follow the link to my Author page to own a copy!


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