The Land of Confusion

A major hurricane
is coming to Florida.
Experts say the worst
in a hundred years.
While our president jokes
with rabid supporters
far away, dry and safe.
A better person
would go near the scene,
rally help, not votes,
too dumb to know
disaster is more important
then partisan politics.
But he’s what we have
and the scariest thing
is how many Americans
think he’s doing well.

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.