Double Envelopment Poems by Gary Beck



I sit in a building lobby
in midtown Manhattan
looking out the window
watching people flow by,
a continuous spectacle
of diverse humanity,
all races, all countries
represented in the city
of true internationalism.
Only the 1% don’t appear,
mostly confining themselves
to luxury environments,
leaving average citizens,
the growing poverty class,
to share crumbing streets
with the abandoned homeless.

© 2020 Gary Beck

The Smell of the City

Modern cities are alike,
polluted air from fossil fuel,
insufficient greenery
for proper respiration,
poverty pockets of frustration
at rampant inequality
with distrust of prosperity.
The bang and boom of construction,
the homeless begging on the street,
people rushing, rushing, rushing
to work, school, shop, play,
all the urban functions
that mentor the cycle of extinction,
above all the stench of betrayal
of millions who left farms and towns
seeking a better life,
squandered in the indifferent city.

© 2020 Gary Beck

Deadly Greed

When I was young
I dreamed of a better world,
not without war, disease,
violent acts of nature,
but one without hunger,
where children were protected
and had a chance to grow
and use their best potential.
I tried my best
to make a difference
and helped some,
but not enough to change
the painful destiny
of so many,
defeated without a chance
by rampant inequality.

© 2020 Gary Beck


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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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 and his published books include 26 poetry collections, 10 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 1 collection of one-act plays. Published poetry books include: Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker (Winter Goose Publishing. Forthcoming: Learning Curve and Ignition Point). Earth Links, Too Harsh For Pastels, Severance and Redemption Value (Cyberwit Publishing. Forthcoming: Fractional Disorder). His novels include a series ‘Stand to Arms, Marines’: Call to Valor, Crumbling Ramparts and Raise High the Walls (Gnome on Pig Productions) and Extreme Change (Winter Goose Publishing). Wavelength will be published by Cyberwit Publishing. His short story collections include: A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). The Big Match and other one act plays (Wordcatcher Publishing). Collected Plays of Gary Beck Volume 1 (Cyberwit Publishing. Forthcoming: Plays of Aristophanes translated, then directed by Gary Beck). Gary lives in New York City.


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