Five poems from ‘Earth Links’, by Gary Beck

Love of the Streets

I listened to my Granma
all through my childhood.
She say all the time:
“All we got is each other.”
Mama died of a overdose.
Never knew Daddy.
Don’t even know if Mama did.
Granma always say:
“You gotta get education.”
The kids I grew up with,
they’re now 12, 13 years old.
They run errands for the gang.
They got new sneakers, new jackets,
IPADs, money in their pockets.
Some have girlfriends.
Granma tell me be good.
Stay out of trouble.
But I want what my friends got.
How do I stop wanting?

 

Weary Cinder

The eternal war
between man and nature
started
sometime after hunting/gathering
could no longer feed
a static people
huddled in cities
for protection against migrants.

A regular food supply,
became necessary
to support growing populations
proliferating
with perverse construction,
mud, wood, stone,
innovative materials
wrested, extracted
at Nature’s expense.

Not overly abusive
when our numbers were few,
we multiplied,
made more demands
on mother Nature’s bounty,
initiating serious conflict
that expanded with progress,
glass, iron, steel,
building incessantly,
unregulated growth
clearing forests, jungles,
spreading waste
on land, sea, air,
as urban replaced rural.

And the priests of pollution
cast their garbage
upon the earth
so battered by deforestation,
so congested by concrete,
that our suffering planet
could barely respire.

Then the legions of greed
continued to devour
the fruits of the earth,
rampantly destroy
the ailing earth,
urgently in need
of critical care.

Emergency alerts
sounded long ago,
ignored,
as were calls to action
to preserve the habitat
of a supposed rational species
unable to move to another eden
where we’d depredate
another solar system,
after dooming our own.

Mother Nature strikes back
as often and as hard
as weakening resources allow,
inflicting casualties
on man, the ravager.
As animal, vegetable life
is eliminated
by the exploiters,
the ravenous consumers,
we are condemned,
without hope of appeal,
to capital punishment
for horrendous crimes
against the land of our birth.

 

Corrosive

The pulse and throb
of the derelict city,
aberration the way.
The wary search
…..for order
erodes each day,
…..inequality
consuming liberty
aided and abetted
by unregulated desire
…..for acquisition.
The many offerings
…..of civilization,
lead us into temptation
until we no longer control
our pock-marked destiny.

 

Namesake

Patience Darlington,
a head-strong woman,
adopted a flower,
Impatience,
symbol
of her impatience
that inflicted
everyone she knew.

 

Urban Dissatisfaction

City dwellers
complain more
than rural dwellers,
having many more choices
then country folk.
The heat, the cold,
traffic congestion,
deafening noise
from construction,
combine to encourage
grumbling, cursing
at circumstances
beyond their control.

.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in CitiesAssault on NatureSongs of a ClerkCivilized Ways,DisplaysPerceptionsFault LinesTremorsPerturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order,Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance(Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of DecayExpectations and Blunt Force(Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the WallsSudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defianceand Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing.  Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing).Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. The Republic of Dreams and other essays will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in many literary magazines. He lives in New York City.

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