Rigorous Journey

In the throb and pulse
of an omnivorous city
we come and go
so often unaware
of the fear, pain, death,
concealed from us
by confining walls
containing the suffering
multiplied by millions
huddling together.
too many victims
of demanding times.

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 39 poetry collections, 14 novels, 4 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 7 books of plays. Gary lives in New York City. Read other articles by Gary.