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The End of All Things

By Gary Beck

PROMPT — The way I see it ...

As the empire dissolves

madness accelerates,

breeding chaos.

Armed bands roam the country,

make dates

to fight other bands,

ignored by law enforcement.

The rich get richer

less and less concerned

with the well-being of others,

assuming the system

will continue to function

with fewer resources.

Opposing legislators

storm a congressional hearing,

similar to disorder past,

the Roman Senate,

the French Assembly,

and as dissolution looms

the great divide

between the haves

and the rest of us

grows wider,

while the deluded 1%

think they’ll avoid disaster

whether in other countries,

or artificial enclaves

constructed in America

to provide comforts,

while the rest of us

go down in flames.


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 lives in New York City.


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