A Dimming Light

I walk the crumbling streets
of a city in turmoil,
citizens rioting,
services disrupted,
violent clashes
between hostile groups
leave dead and wounded,
then the shock to the senses,
it’s not a third world country
but the good old U.S.A.,
quick to proclaim democracy,
slow to live up to it.

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.