Poetry by Gary Beck: Apprehension and Sudden Shock


A beautiful spring day
in New York City,
warm, breezy, balmy,
shoppers carrying their treasures,
tourists photoing everything,
workers on lunch break,
a homeless man scrounging cans,
suddenly a loud bang,
everyone freezes,
some begin to panic,
some turn to run.
All fear the worst.
But traffic keeps moving
and there are no sirens,
so the brief terror passes
until the next event.


Sudden Shock

Spontaneous combustion
is frequently blamed
for sudden conflagrations
that consume homes, lives,
cities, nations, aspirations
of a higher good,
turned to ashes
by unknown forces,
surprise enemies,
removing hope
for tranquil continuation.


The poems “Apprehension” and “Sudden Shock” are part of Ignition Point, an unpublished poetry collection. 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 3 more accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions (Winter Goose Publishing). Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). His novels include Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) and Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). Call to Valor will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions and Acts of Defiance will be published by Dreaming Big Publications. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth, is published by Sweatshoppe Publications. Now I Accuse and other stories will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. 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.