The once proud avenues
of vaunted shops
now are deserted.
Only the ghosts
of employees past
haunt the cobwebbed stores,
all that remains of the departed
unable to get other jobs,
abandoned by their masters,
unable to adapt
to changing circumstances,
conditioned to servitude,
unfit for opportunities
limited to the few
capable of functioning
in the Information Age

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.