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Poems from Ignition Point
by Gary Beck





In a very short time

we left horses behind

using motor power

to get from place to place.

Although we moved faster,

we didn't get smarter

and used motor power

to kill more and more of us,

as well as the land

that nurtured us.

If the past is a pattern,

we'll move so fast

we'll leave nothing behind.


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Recurrence II



attracts a crowd,

some hoping for disaster

to feast on blood, suffering,

but most are horrified

sensitive to the agonies

of innocent victims,

occurring more often

in our troubled land.


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We no longer rise at dawn,

do the chores, till the fields,

yet we still suffer


that nature provides,

flood, drought, tornado,

disrupting fragile lives

that sit up late each night

glued to the television set

accepting programming

determining behavior,

social, economic,

moral, political,

until we no longer know

right from wrong.


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Spring migration

and the warblers head north

passing through Bryant Park

mostly unnoticed,


that climate change,

loss of forest,


will further reduce

diminishing habitat.


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Ongoing Events


Human events


       most of us,

who care to comprehend

that things happen

with or without


       affecting us


       some thriving,

       some surviving,

       some perishing,


                      by fate,


       ill luck,

human contrivances


nature's afflictions.



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