Choking Chrysalis by Don Beukes

Expected marital bliss sadly amiss –

Your celebratory holy matrimony

seemingly momentous – A perfect

testimony to love superfluous.

Initial union becomes a daily communion

of two souls melted – Individuality temporarily

halted – Rehearsed tasks become your welcome mission, ignoring creeping denting derision.

His facade crumbling as you allow raw emotions to fester – Observing a hidden masked personality sinister – Frantic

responses born from his grinding mental molasses – Sinking into an unexpected emotional abyss –

Your confidence slowly disintegrating from his nightly verbal rioting – Highlighting his self-served shortcomings –

Your womanly failings his fiery moaning.

Your forgiving heart accepting his punishing hand – Driving you further apart – Cultural tradition forces your

acceptance of indigo fiery facial branding,

His permanent palm imprints glowing –

Deepening your bottomless shaming.

His poisonous tongue breaking your

spirit – His self confessed dominance

gloriously glorious – Whilst you wither

away inside your cream screams

choking chrysalis.

© Don Beukes

Excerpt from the book “The Salamander Chronicles”

The Salamander Chronicles By Don Beukes

This poetry collection shouts triumph and courage, whilst rattling your senses and shaking up your bones. Be prepared to be astounded by delightful alliteration and verse lyrical in cadence. Some poems are a personal catharsis, some are soliloquies - truly insightful and authentic. This book digs down deep into humanity and directly speaks to the masses, the downtrodden - anyone constrained by religion, class and creed. Freedom and justice are inherent to the very core, leaving one feeling uplifted and motivated.


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About 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:
    Exclusive new excerpt from my debut collection… Thanks Raja Williams, CEO of Creative Talents Unleashed.


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