• Gary Beck

Gary Beck, one poem


Bulletin Board

Each morning on the news

we hear another threat,

currently schools

the victims

of dissatisfied students

eager to pay back

the system that warped them.

We are now acclimatized

to lunatics attacking

malls, the workplace, movie houses,

low or middle-income targets,

while righteous legislators call

for stricter gun control laws

to keep automatic weapons

out of the hands of the disturbed,

who somehow always get their hands

on automatic weapons,

despite legal restrictions

constantly challenged by gun-nuts,

who claim they need assault rifles

to eliminate garden pests,

dangerous gophers, woodchucks.

So stronger laws will be passed

without serious objections

from not-for-profit gun lobbies

confident that gun customers

will find ways to make purchases

and keep the profits growing.

Circumstances may change

if the insane rampagers

select new targets,

museums, expensive restaurants,

theaters, the opera house,

cultural institutions

supported by wealthy patrons,

mansions where the rich reside

suddenly vulnerable

to unexpected assault.

This will motivate the privileged

to take immediate action

to prevent bloody disruptions

of their comfortable lives.

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 and Perturbations will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Press). 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.


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