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 most of his life as a theater director. He has 11 published chapbooks, 9 published poetry collections, 4 more accepted for publication. He has 3 novels and 1 accepted for publication, 2 short story collections and 1 accepted for publication. He lives in NYC. Read other articles by Gary.