Author: Gary Beck



Gary Beck/Contusions




Chiefs once evolved

from their ability

to provide food, security,

earning the clan's gratitude

for service to the people.


Tyrants pretended to care

until they were strong enough

to take more than their fair share,

dominating the tribe

in an exercise of power.


Dictators told everyone

what to do, how to live,

controlling the nation

with intimidating force,

compelling obedience.


Elected leaders promise

to solve the people's problems

peacefully, efficiently,

but somehow things always get worse,

the blessing of democracy.


Contusions is an unpublished poetry collection that explores the aches and pains we suffer from the assault of life.