Tense Chat by Gary Beck

Tense Chat

The throb and pulse

I greet my neighbors
when we meet,
after brief hello
seek human contact,
consider what I can
       or cannot say,
            realize
politics, war, the economy
       are inappropriate
            with strangers
who prefer safer talk,
    so the weather,
mention climate change.
No one takes the cue
to discuss global warming,
revert to pleasant smile,
       ‘have a nice day’,
hope they care
for the state of the world.

© 2016 Gary Beck

 

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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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