Remote Attacks

The kids who grow up
playing video games
controlled by joysticks
now remotely pilot drones
from comfortable seats
removed from the dangers
of distant battlefields,
targeting enemies
in Afghanistan, Pakistan,
with surprise attacks
that kill efficiently,
their only combat hazard
finger cramping
before their shift ends
and they return
to secure quarters
somewhere in America,
far from the enemy.


Confused Values

Parents urge children
to compete in sports,
demonstrate talent,
be recognized,
get wealth, fame, acclaim,
while our misguided land,
deceived with material things,
completely ignores
gifts for math, science,
unappreciated by those
equating worth
with rich rewards.


Gaming II

Electronic devices
morally encourage
brutal carnage
by armchair warriors
remotely immune
from blood, gore, death,
who battle furiously
and only retreat
from seats of safety
when the game ends.



The Earth always simmered
with ongoing warfare
that distance made remote,
except for participants.
Electronic news
rushes to deliver
blood, gore, death,
to eager viewers
well protected
from harsh reality
by tv and computer screens.


Future War II

General __________
wanted his cyber troops
to fully experience
the feel of battle,
so his programmers
added a sound track
of gunfire and explosions
to the normally silent
computer searches.
The unseen weapons of tomorrow
may win or lose a war
in electronic conflict
that might not be noticed
until we’re defeated.


Gary Beck

Gary Beck

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 3 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 (Winter Goose Publishing). Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) and Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). Call to Valor will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions and Acts of Defiance will be published by Dreaming Big Publications. 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 many of literary magazines around the world. He currently lives in New York City.