Harsh Winter

The colder it gets
the more clothes people wear,
except the abandoned homeless
shivering on street corners,
the human refuse of capitalism
rejected from society,
little to no concern
why these outcasts
no longer of redeeming value,
treated slightly better than lepers,
no interest in learning why
they were subtracted from care.

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.