Crime Against Humanity

New York City homeless shelters
reached record numbers,
fifty thousand people,
twenty thousand children,
abandoned by a callous city
unrepresented by the system
since they don’t legally reside
in elected official’s districts,
so their only advocates
are not-for-profit organizations
more concerned with litigation
than the desperate needs
of suffering victims,
men, women, children.

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 40 poetry collections, 16 novels, 4 short story collections, 2 collection of essays and 8 books of plays. Gary lives in New York City. Read other articles by Gary.