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”

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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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