Gary Beck

Tidal Movement

When creatures crawled
out of the
sea,
preferring
land-based
entertainment,
extra time
to identify predators,
we'll never know
if
it was group consensus,
follow the leader,
panicky stampede,
impulse shopping,
but it ultimately
led to me,
so I won't
complain
about turmoil
on the journey.


Proximity

Urban pigeons
come closer to people
than other birds,
satisfying the need
of many citizens
to feed and talk
to others than themselves,
even let them land
on welcoming bodies,
hosts not realizing
pigeons will be vectors
of Avian flu
that will devastate the land.


Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when hecouldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks and 3 more accepted for publication. 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.