Rifles Have No Regrets

Gunfire rings out in our classrooms
killing unprotected children
whose voices raised in public
at the mad assaults on their schools,
do not halt the endless supply
of automatic weapons
available to disturbed users
who go on mindless rampages,
facilitated by
lobbyists, legislators,
concerned with profit and power,
rather then public safety.

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.