Thoughts of NY City

So many sirens proclaiming disasters
fire, mugging, coronary, each
having its special colored truck,
rush urgent, but never enough
so we can close sleep eyes,
safe that the city will survive
too many threatening tomorrows.
Women assaulted on the streets
unprotected, undefended, unaided,
plead for help, then rely on self defense,
tried as a felon
by the same court and judge
that suspends sentence on criminals.
The taxi drivers' barricades
that really convince no one
that they or you are safe,
for the jungle has entered the city
and tooth and claw click
as we measure each other,
disaster never far from desire
that law or myth must prevail.

Gary Beck's chapbook 'Remembrance' was published by Origami Condom Press and 'The Conquest of Somalia' was published by Cervena Barva
Press. A collection of his poetry 'Days of Destruction' has been published in 2009 by Skive Press. Another poetry collection 'Expectations' is being
published by Rogue Scholars 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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