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Loss of Power, a Poem by Gary Beck

In the land of broken dreams

conflicting forces conspire

to thoroughly divide us

into clashing groups,

irreconcilable politicians,

wearied citizens

who no longer know

who or what to believe.

Our leaders disagree

about almost everything

and tolerance has departed

for opposing views.

People are frightened, angry, confused.

No one solves our problems

that get worse and worse,

except for the rich

who expect to survive

the dissolution of empire.


Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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 and his published books include 35 poetry collections, 14 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 7 books of plays. Gary lives in New York City.


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