gary beck




I remembered your fragility
responding to an unkind word,
a thoughtless moment.
When last my fingers,
gripped hard to your flesh,
squeezed until my tremors burst,
the rising body under me soared
and moaned explosions.
After-breath and palpitations,
you against me
wet, soft, whimpering,
as my hand swam
in little pools
along your downed back.
Then a many-ended warp unraveled,
built with patience,
your unprotected self,
delicate as your pale nakedness.

Gary Beck's poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His chapbook, 'Remembrance' was published by Origami Press. Another chapbook 'The Conquest of Somalia', was published by Cervena Barva Press. A collection of his poetry 'Days of Destruction' is being published by Skive Press His recent fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway.


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