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Erratic Orbit

By Gary Beck

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The sun rises late,

sets earlier,

but some of us hardly notice

bound to city cycles,

wake, rise, hygiene,

rush to work

on urban transit,

always late, crowded,

then the job

which many hate,

a survival necessity

like peasants of eld

tilling the fields

for bare sustenance,

then return home

on urban transit,

always late, crowded,

greet the family unit,

unsumptuous dinner,

park in front of the tv,

too tired for social media,

doze off, wake, hygiene,

then to sleep

to rise again,

no reward

only repetition

as the universe contracts

beyond our perception.


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 36 poetry collections, 14 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays, and 7 books of plays. Gary writes from New York City.


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