Featured Writer: Don Beukes

Zero Nation


We live in your suppressed conscience

where our voices remain muted as you

you live your cosy daily normal lives

pretending that we do not exist but you

cannot deny our presence in this crumbling

deteriorating human abyss where even the

dogs run from their new empowered enamoured

masters causing social political and irreversible

universal disasters –

We walk these anarchaic streets on our daily

cadaver march for freedom acceptance and

deliverance from a journey we did not want

to embark on but here we are –

Battered bruised neglected forsaken weakened

by false elected sly leaders promising yet again

more stringent measures denying any foreign

meddling in a shocking tsunami of divisive

detrimental separatist poisonous rhetoric

alarmingly accepted by anyone whose

changing dna turns our shortened existence

into a living reality show nightmare where

our color social class or proud heritage do not

mirror theirs as they crown themselves the

legitimate heirs of a world saturated with natural

minerals still furiously extracted to fill their

impatient pockets to live lives guided by mute

larks whose vocal frequency can only reach

their throbbing willing eardrums as they block

out all sensible lexical messages from peaceful

unifying persistent voices battling to prevent

a detrimental permanent broken global moral

compass –

These streets are now empty as many have

lost the will to continue even though we insist

to resist to not give up as you too have managed

to brand us label us as the zero nation whilst

we all mingle and gather at liberty station…


© Don Beukes

don.jpg About the Author

Don Beukes, originally from Belhar, Cape Town in South Africa is the author of ‘The Salamander Chronicles‘ (Creative Talents Unleashed) and ‘Icarus Rising- Volume One’ (Alien Buddha Press), which is a unique ekphrastic collection written in collaboration with artists from South Africa, America and the UK. 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 in 2016 for his poem ‘Trilogy of Rose/Esorfo Ygolirt. His debut South African Publication was published in August 2018 by Libbo Publishers with three prominent SA poets in a unique anthology reflecting on experiences of Apartheid and other global themes. He is is currently writing his third book of poetry inspired by his time in Spain, with a fourth book ‘Existential Consequential’ planned for 2019.

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4 replies

  1. Reblogged this on The Salamander Chronicles – Don Beukes and commented:
    Honoured and elated to be the Featured Writer today at CTU😎 Thanks to Raja Williams CEO and her editorial team.


  2. I am truly honored for being featured today! Thank you to Raja out CEO and her editorial team!


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