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 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.