Author: Gary Beck


In Memoriam

Gary Beck/Contusions


In Memoriam


Once again that fateful day

is remembered by some,

while many are forgetting,

as people always do,

the shock and urgency

of horrified reaction.

And as the buildings fell,

workers leaping from windows

rather than burning to death,

rescuers rushing in

giving their lives for others.


A dust cloud rose

obscuring the collapse

of long term security,

men and women running

as fast as they could

to escape mass destruction

visiting our shores

for the first time

in the financial district,

the bloodstream of our land

to our many enemies

eager to subtract us

from ownership

of a piece of America.


Contusions is an unpublished poetry collection that explores the aches and pains we suffer from the assault of life.