Let Madness Reign

We can easily understand
why chaos reigns in our troubled land,
for the owners of our country
require instability
to maintain their positions
without suffering restrictions
on their exercising power,
while our beloved children cower
in vulnerable, defenseless schools,
unprotected by the adult fools
who rave about classroom locks,
arming our children with rocks,
making school assaults a trifle
by a mad kid with a rifle.

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.