Two Poems by Gary Beck

Waiting Room

The chairs are filled
with the ailing elderly
mortality etched on faces
of diminishing hope,
as their dwindling future beckons
more pain, more discomfort,
expectations reduced to twinges
of remembrance of vigorous days,
now existence measured
by time in front of the tv.

Lost Soul

A homeless woman
sat on the sidewalk
in New York City,
Fifth Avenue
and 42nd Street,
ravaged by time,
poverty, mental illness,
we do not know the cause
of her eroded state,
since we only see
her desiccated body
and a cardboard sign:
‘Need someone to care’.


Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. 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 magazines. He lives in New York City.

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