Tourists pass the homeless
huddled on 42nd street,
pay them no mind,
inured to the homeless
on the streets at home,
too numerous for salvation
elaborately ignored
until a disturbed reject
invades personal space
demanding change,
a lifeline to humanity,
easily forgotten,
unless he attacks
those who are better off.

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.