Thursday, May 12, 2016

Gary Beck- Three Poems

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays (Winter Goose Publishing). Fault Lines, Perceptions, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). Call to Valor will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

Distorted Values
Sports consume
more media coverage,
then Afghanistan,
where volunteer troops
bleed, die
in a hostile country
resisting outsiders,
which assures locals
they can kill each other
as soon as strangers depart.
Why we went in
no longer matters,
an irrational act
invading a country
that made Vietnam
seem sane by comparison.
But capitalists must profit
first using up old war materials
then selling new war materials.
Since our troops are not draftees
there isn't public resistance
to war far away,
reminding some of us
of the Roman Empire                                                   
sending legions abroad
to conquer alien lands,
and when the fighting ended
the troops were forgotten,
because it took weeks to get news
that only affected a few,
friends and families
of distant soldiers,
perhaps leaders of the nation,
while the general public
dealt with greater problems,
day to day existence,
not much different today
despite instant news
from voracious media.
The last cherry blossoms have fallen.
Only pink leaves remain,
swirling on the tainted ground,
eddies of fading petals
reminding those who notice
of the briefness of beauty.
Troubled Times
Across this troubled land
disasters strike,
hurricanes, tornados, floods,
disruptive  terrorism,
yet tourists flock
to New York City
spreading their wealth
to the greedy,
rarely to the needy
suffering foreign invasion
with the bitter acceptance
of all tribulations.

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