Gary Beck – Night Thought, Remote Father

Night Thought


I sit in my dark room quietly absorbing the night. The wind rustles the undergarments of the trees, making them sway in solemn dance. Obscure voices drift through the open windows, penetrating my semi-consciousness. “But her teacher said she couldn’t. I got angry and sent a letter….”

“Aw. They never care what you say.” “And she sent me a very nice answer, telling me how good she is in ….”

“In what?” I asked silently. I pushed them away, into the domain of night which holds so much of empty conversation in its tired bowels. My upstairs neighbor, giving vent to his incompetence, repeatedly screams at his wife: “You’re a dog. You’re a dog.” On and on, until the night becomes aware of his emptiness, his obsession. I picture him grotesquely lumbering around a fire, chanting strange monosyllables to whatever gods he feared, until daylight found him sprawled across the remnants of his fire, oblivious to everything but his primitive dreams.



Remote Father


In unreachable distances

anesthetically removed

by a hollow heart

I sit alone

and listen to my daughter

crying in darkness.







Gary Beck has spent most of his life as a theater director. His chapbook ‘Remembrance’ was published by Origami Condom Press, ‘The Conquest of Somalia’ was published by Cervena Barva Press, ‘The Dance of Hate’ was published by Calliope Nerve Media, ‘Material Questions’ was published by Silkworms Ink, ‘Dispossessed’ was published by Medulla Press, ‘Mutilated Girls’ was published by Heavy Hands Ink, ‘Pavan and other poems’ was published by Indigo Mosaic, ‘Once in the Bronx’ and ‘Iraq Monologues’ were published by Atlantean Press and ‘Escape to Cyberspace’ is being published by Writing Knights Press. A collection of his poetry ‘Days of Destruction’ was published by Marie Celeste Press. His novel ‘Extreme Change’ was published by Cogwheel Press and ‘Acts of Defiance’ is being published by Artema Press. His story collection ‘A Glimpse of Youth’ was published by Sweatshoppe Publications. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry and fiction has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines.



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