State of the Union

Not caring for others
has become endemic
in our troubled society
ravaged by poverty,
a growing disease
afflicting millions
at a terrible time
of diminishing opportunity
for the children of need,
deprived of services
that allow a better life,
indifference of the rich
arbitrarily condemning
so many youth
to a dismal future.

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.