I do not fear death,
too afraid of life
to dread the aftermath.
The horrors I have seen,
the evil I have done
tainted my soul.
I have not found redemption
despite the goodness I have known,
and all my efforts
to atone for bad deeds
is not consolation
that there are many worse.
As I approach my end of days
I try my best to do better
and leave good behind
as my fleeting memorial.

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.