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A baseball player
wanting to win
stands for the National Anthem
hand on heart,
but not really listening
intent on getting a hit.

A concentration camp guard
wanting obedience
listens to a Beethoven sonata,
swept away by its beauty,
while his prisoners,
live in terror.

A business man
wanting greater profits
listens to classic rock on his IPOD
while signing the contract
that will move his factory
to another land,
costing thousands of jobs at home.

A politician
wanting more power
listens to whale music,
trying to sooth his seething mind
while plotting and scheming
for higher office,
at the expense of the people.

An immigrant
wanting a better life
listens to salsa,
while trying to quell her fears
that an irate president
frothing about dreamers,
will send her home.

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.