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Constitutional Crisis

I do not know
what point in time
mankind perceived
there was a future
and made efforts
to perpetuate the race.
Despite vaunted intelligence
that gave us
the Age of Reason
and much later
the Information Age,
we never developed
the Age of Wisdom.
Instead of evolving
to become caretakers
of our only habitat
the peculiar planet
that sustains our lives,
we remain depredators
devouring as much as we can,
regardless of the harm
to the balance of nature,
destroying carelessly,
what should sustain the future,
leaving little hope
that good sense will prevail
and we will someday learn
to be custodians
of Mother Earth.

Note: "Diminishing Return" is a poem from
Ignition Point, a poetry
collection that looks at some of the struggles and tensions of our times,
in what is a confusing life for so many of us.

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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Diminishing Return

by Gary Beck
(New York, New York, USA)
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