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Wednesday, May 02, 2007


by Gary Beck

The order of things
natural and contrived
is dissolving.
Our laws serve injustice.
Our streets are congested
with the ill, the lost and the mad.
Our hopes are upscale fashions.
Our dreams are sleek electronics.

We have forgotten
the tremble fear of thunder,
open fields of disobedient flowers,
rain pattering on leafy shelter.
Generations of cities
have stunted
the order of things.

Gary Beck's poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His chapbook, The Conquest of Somalia, will be published by Cervena Barva Press. His recent fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway.