Diverse Neglect

The cry of a child
competes with the tv
in a ghetto apartment,
while mother is at work.

The cry of a child
is muffled by the hand
of mother’s abusive boyfriend,
while she is at work.

The cry of a child
is ignored by the nanny
chatting on her cellphone,
while mother is at work.

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.