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Monday's Poem


© 2014 by Gary Beck


The brief night silence slowly fades.
The snorting wind runs home to nest.
The sleep of houses day invades
and pokes dulled dreamers from their rest.
The traffic sounds the hour to rise.
The light bulbs cruelly end the gloom.
The sleepy dust makes bleary eyes
blink at the odor in the room.
The morning yawns and curls its paws
'round men who rush to work in herds
with razor cuts upon their jaws,
they never hear the songs of birds.
Their cigarette and coffee through,
men start machines and in their fright
forget the sleepless poet who
in every city guards the night.


Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. Published chapbooks include: 'Remembrance', Origami Condom Press; 'The Conquest of Somalia', Cervena Barva Press; 'The Dance of Hate', Calliope Nerve Media; 'Material Questions', Silkworms Ink; 'Dispossessed', Medulla Press, 'Mutilated Girls', Heavy Hands Ink and 'Escape to Cyberspace', Writing Knights Press . His poetry collection 'Days of Destruction' was published by Skive Press; 'Expectations', Rogue Scholars Press; 'Dawn in Cities', Winter Goose Publishing; 'Assault on Nature', Winter Goose Publishing. 'Songs of a Clerk' and 'Civilized Ways' will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His novel 'Extreme Change' was published by Cogwheel Press; 'Acts of Defiance' was published by Artema Press. His collection of short stories, 'A Glimpse of Youth' was published by Sweatshoppe Publications. 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.

'Vigil' is from 'Dawn in Cities' and was published by Winter Goose Publishing.


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