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Gary Beck

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Human Nature

It defies understanding,

that many people prefer

violent confrontations

to peaceful coexistence,

regardless of the cost

in lives and treasure lost.

Yet we repeat the pattern

over and over again,

when it’s always easier

to destroy then preserve

our children, homes, countries

in the need to kill enemies.

In the lust for power

and our greatest foe, greed,

we are always willing

to resort to bloody war,

for at best fleeting gains

that temporarily sate

bloated appetites.

About the Author: Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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 and his published books include 39 poetry collections, 14 novels, 4 short story collections, 1 collection of essays and 7 books of plays. Gary lives in New York City.


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