Serenity Now

A poem
by Don Beukes
In this ever-changing global
village, we still struggle
to feel as one – Some blame
religion, for others humanity
has not yet begun.
We all seek blissful inner serenity
a calm so sweet, peaceful longevity
a lasting reality – Dissident explosive
voices might hinder our free choices
but a shared mentality will surely
protect us from any dark disturbance,
even senseless brainwashed reverie.
We still aim to find eternal ataraxia,
the ultimate state of azure calmness
blissful mindfulness – Our history
still a murky mystery, our failed
human chemistry, blinded blurred
vision – The fallen bowing to
devastating submission
causing apocalyptic
We underestimate our human state
failing to utilize our destined fate –
Plagued by velvet wars, settling
selfish scores, influenced by false
self-appointed scarlet prophets
brainwashing us for their own
political profits
yet we somehow find a shared
inner rhythm, a soothing hum
a necessary quietude, a positive
We yearn to remain ataraxic
obliterate the toxic, permanently
optimistic – Let us release
our inner liberating fire to
finally achieve longlasting
Don Beukes is originally from Cape Town South Africa, now residing in the EU. He was born, raised and educated in the last two decades of Apartheid and hopes to adjust our moral compass through his word weaving. He has been published in two anthologies by Creative Talents Unleashed with a forthcoming publication in Transcendent Zero Press’ ‘Selfhood’ Anthology, as well as in Indiana Voice Journal, Prachya Review, Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice, SyZyGy Journal and others.

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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