A new year
in besieged America,
enemies without and within
on a tiny planet
with brutal indifference
for varied life forms
struggling for survival
in deadly competition,
while only humans
have the capacity
to preserve existence,
instead squandering the future
in meaningless squabbles.

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.