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A Mighty Sway

by Gary Beck
(New York, New York, USA)
Published February 18, 2019
"A Mighty Sway" by Gary Beck - 45 Poems - Eleventh Transmission
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A Mighty Sway

When the Dutch landed
in the new world
and settled New Amsterdam
no one could imagine
four hundred years later
a great city,
sheltering millions,
more diverse
than any place on earth,
where most live in safety,
most have basic comforts,
while great wealth resides
just a few miles
from great poverty,
yet crime does not outweigh
good deeds, public service.

Various scholars
offer explanations
of this wondrous creation,
whose enterprising citizens
built marvels,
dazzling mankind
with the biggest, bestest,
the tallest,
one after the other,
still with the mostest,
finally bowing
to other nations
who put up the tallest.

And as our resources diminish
our people become fatter
less able to run from danger,
while our legions
spread across the earth
no longer compel fear
in our many enemies,
with wavering policies
impoverishing our people,
resources strained
by imperial overreach,

The loss of will
to inflict our will
on others,
halts our expansion
leaving only contraction.

So another empire
that dominated the world
lost the means
to control the future.
Its brief reign,
shorter then any other great empire,
is quickly receding,
greatly facilitated
by the lords of profit
who in their greed
sent jobs and capital abroad,
disowning the working class,
erasing the middle class,
until all that remains
are haves, have nots
and the fearful,
not yet reconciled
to the loss of tomorrow.

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 (Thurston Howl
Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Blunt Force and Expectations will be
published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Some of his novels are: Extreme
Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call
to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat
Publishers). 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.
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