Vistas of History

A renaissance portrait
of an Italian nobleman
hangs in the museum
displaying to viewers
the cruel, ruthless face
of inherited privilege
ravaged by indulgence.
This is a picture of his times
when the corrupt few
wallowed in luxury,
unlike counterparts today
concealing their voracity
in controlled expressions,
striving to pass for human.

Gary Beck spent his life as a theater director/playwright. He has had 21 poetry books, 7 novels, 3 short story collections and 1 book of essays published. Gary’s original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway in New York City, where he resides. Read other articles by Gary.