Poetry: Long Pent by Gary Beck

Long Pent

Confined to my cell

in the dark prison

of my heart,

I endured for lifetimes,

each day an anguish

unrelieved by hope

early extinguished

by daily beatings.


I could not escape

relentless assault

that banished my soul,

devoured my dreams.


Then my daughter was born.

In the bright discovery

of an unblemished life

I was regenerated,

rejoined humanity

in a flood of feelings

that melted the bars

that kept me in isolation.


Love entered my heart,

demanding an end

to bitter exile.


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 2 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,  Fault Lines & Tremors (Winter Goose Publishing).Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living will be published by Thurston Howl Publications. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing) and Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions). Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage by Rainy Day Reads Publishing. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (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 and recently had two books published: a poetry volume called Tremors and a novel Sudden Conflicts.