Lights Out

Three poems
by Gary Beck
Genetic Message
Urban birds still recognize
the approach of winter
and search more urgently
for a food supply,
genetically aware,
despite being trapped
in an artificial environment,
that food becomes more scarce,
survival depends
on constant search
for sustenance.
Urban Concert
The rumble of engines
caresses the city,
throbbing, pulsing, humming,
intermezzo shrieks of brakes,
screeching stops, screaming voices,
the clamorous melody
with thematic variations
of tremolo tones
does not stir the soul,
unlike nature’s serenades,
man’s musical compositions
resonate a grating rasp
assaulting listener’s ears.
Throwback II
We who live in cities
comfortable in modern caves
with food, water, video games,
married to electric power
that caters to our needs,
until disaster strikes,
when we are cold,
huddled in darkness,
the faint flashlight hope
slightly connecting us
to civilization,
while atavistic fears
tickle our consciousness
with subtle pangs of dread
that our nurturing lights
will not go on again.
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 11 published chapbooks and 15 published books and lives in New York City.

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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