Confinement

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 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.