Song for Karen by Don Beukes


The inner voice of a multitude

your words and aching lamentation

comforted generations still to soothe

melting hearts liquefying emotions


You once bid farewell to love

claimed no-one ever cared

if you should live or die

would we now hear one more cry?


A fixed smile barred your pain

what if you only once shared the strain?

You sang of sweetest dreams come true

glaring into eyes that adored you

asking let me be the one

yearning for a loving touch

how you longed to see the sun

the emptiness and lonely void too much


Oh how your universe sparkled

you felt on top of the world

he made your feelings fly

and shone his starlight down on you


As each last note was played

you realized every promise he made

broke before long at the end of each song

how you searched for a place

to hide away


Your loneliness oh what a sad affair

if only he promised a lifetime to share

a heart punctured your essence fading

finding the right one

an eternal craving


There was nothing so hard

as convincing your brittle heart

that time would ease the pain

your dwindling health such a shame


Your loved ones dear

misunderstood your fear

they pleaded you leave

your sadness behind

how you sometimes longed to quit

yet your blessed voice

would not admit


You were love’s greatest non-believer

yet you saw the wonder

in most everything

you left a beautiful

lasting legacy


The radio still

preaching your fantasy…


© Don Beukes

Excerpt from the book “Poetic Melodies”

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Preface . . .

There is a human language that encompasses the globe, regardless of race, color, creed or country. Much the same way as laughter or tears, or any of our human emotions. When we see someone laugh, there is a universal language that is communicated by all of us. We know they are happy. Just as when we see someone crying, it is generally accepted to mean they are, most likely, sad. However, the language I am referring to goes beyond the sight of emotions, and runs deeper than the tear streaked lines of a sad face. I am speaking of a language that can penetrate to the deepest depths of the human psyche, it can be felt in the beating of our hearts and it can leave us soaring among our dreams.

This universal language is music.

Upon these waves of sound we can find our spirits lifted to the heavens, we can feel the beats and the rhythms in our beings and we are moved by the vibrations. We may become lost in a memory or a moment of time may be singled out by the distinct patterns and oscillations of a melody. We may gather by the thousands to listen to this music together or we may be alone in our rooms, or be dancing with our friends or  cuddling with our love, but the universal language of music expands human communication beyond the normal realm. It propels us into the wavelengths of our souls, and it is there that we become in tune, we find our harmonies, and we recognize that there is a true power in music.

The poetry included in this book seeks to capture that essence and tap into that power. These are the lines of communication opened and inspired by the universal language called music.

Christopher Allen Breidinger, Author

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2 replies

  1. Reblogged this on The Salamander Chronicles – Don Beukes and commented:
    Thanks to Raja Williams my publisher from California for including me in another CTU Anthology…


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