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3 Poems by Gary Beck

3 Poems by Gary Beck

Satan’s Servants

Adverts have publicized
international terror,
a product purveyed
by false promoters
of radical Islam,
who delude the gullible
to commit suicide,
targeting unbelievers
and believers alike.
Terrorist’s violations
of the book and the faith
reveal their true nature,
proclaiming them enemies
of civilization
willing to destroy all
to prevent progress.


Media Gifts

The world has always known
violence, murder, war,
even ethnic cleansing,
but rapid transmission
of electronic news
constantly reminds us
that danger is present
everywhere we go
and continues to threaten
our frail stability.


Extended Greed

People like to believe
in the promised land,
a place of fulfillment
free of tyranny,
where they can raise children
in optimistic dreams
of a better tomorrow.
Greed always interferes
with expectations,
except for those who master
the playing fields of profit,
almost always achieved
at the expense of others,
for the concept of share
is alien to many,
trapped in the fervor
of acquisition,
throttling the hope
of equal opportunity.


Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer. He has 11 published chapbooks and 3 more accepted for publication. 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, Perceptions & Fault Lines (Winter Goose Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing) and Call to Valor (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. He currently lives in New York City.

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