Two poems by Gary Beck


The winter dance
of long limbed trees
is not as colorful
as in other seasons,
but the stark performance
choreographed in the cold
by nature’s artistry
presents dramatic visuals
for whoever is willing
to look up.


Feeding Time

A hungry dove
hulking on the terrace,
impatient to be fed,
squeezed through
the slightly open door
to the apartment,
immediately panicked
when he couldn’t find
the way back to safety.
My wife, speaking gently,
calmed the distraught bird,
slid the door open,
ushered our visitor out,
who quickly rejoined
the other doves,
no doubt began bragging
of his bold trip
to the big nest
that holds all the food.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 13 published chapbooks and 1 accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press),Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing). 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. He currently lives in New York City.

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