I read the Times in the morning,

watch TV news each day,

a few magazines, Foreign Affairs,

may be slightly better informed

than the average citizen,

have been doing this a long time,

yet still cannot understand

how so many remain good

in a world of seething evil.

I know without enough good

hope will be extinguished,

and cannot help admire

warriors of goodness

who preserve the light

always under assault.




Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has eleven published chapbooks. 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 (Winter Goose Publishing). Perceptions, Displays, Fault Lines and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). His novels include Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Acts of Defiance (Artema Press), and Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). 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. www.garycbeck.comwww.facebook.com/AuthorGaryBeck.