Poems from Purpose, an unpublished poetry collection that calls attention to the horrors and beauties in this complex life…
The extremes of nature shock city folk unaccustomed to deluging rain, suddenly vulnerable weakend by mass comforts, survival capabilities in dire disasters highly questionable.
The homeless sit on crumbling sidewalks, cardboard signs proclaiming need disintegrated from rain, snow, being ignored by almost everyone almost as needy, abandoned by the 1% no longer concerned with the suffering of the people, the state of the nation.
Since man first organized into family units one had to be above average to advance in the clan, tribe, early cities, city-states, nations, all well established hierarchys classified by rank, trade, wealth. Thousands of years later shortly after World War II, returning U.S. soldiers went to college on the G.I. Bill, a free education for seven million men who jumped to middle class, a social revolution unprecedented in human history. Soldiers were usually discarded when no longer needed, for few had the skills to make them desirable. Then millions of graduates went into the world with valued professions that produced wealth and comfort only dreamed of in the past. The legions of ex-warriors unresentful of their treatment, unlike many soldiers past, took their places happily as prosperous citizens with little need to question the practices of their rulers, who successfully bought off the makers of rebellions blinded to the oppression of oligarch exploiters by the abundance of goods and services.
©2022 Gary Beck
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…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 34 poetry collections, 14 novels, 3 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 5 books of plays.
April in The BeZine Blog
- Coalesce—Stories at the Center of the Human Experience
- Finding My Way
- framed in solitude
- Poems from Purpose
- just a thought & 2 more poems after April 26 6pm US EST