Children of Deprivation

Jolly Tanks

In the world of power,
men stand by the buttons
of weapons of mass destruction,
eager to slay millions,
while we sit in comfort in our homes
newspapered, tv’d, dreamy,
careless of our sentinels, foes.
And our hungry children,
hollow from the cornucopia of science
know swollen barns of grain
rotting on a distant government preserve
will never be theirs, despite their need.
So trapped in tenements, shanties
they hate their mothers, siblings,
always poised to detonate.

Gary Beck

Gary has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. His chapbook Remembrance was published by Origami Condom Press, The Conquest of Somalia was published by Cervena Barva Press, The Dance of Hate was published by Calliope Nerve Media and Material Questions was published by Silkworms Ink. His novel Extreme Change was published by Cogwheel Press. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. He currently lives in New York City.

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