For the Cause

Protestors march for peace
in Bryant Park
beating a drum
to get public attention
for a worthy cause,
not realizing
the well-funded park
is sponsored by capitalists
secure in their profits
who tolerate the event,
ragged demonstrators
unaware of the irony
asking those who fund war
to join and make peace.

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.