Winter lingers
testing the elderly
the infirm, the ailing,
punishing them with harsh winds
frigid cold spells, icy streets,
until it’s hazardous to go outside
with risk of accident
threatening well-being.
Many choose to stay indoors
limited mental resources
condemning them to tv,
no other options
as they await spring.

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.