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If We Were Young Men



If we were young men
if we were strong

If we had fresh words
to add to our song

If we were soldiers
with war in our veins

If we were poets
our voices reclaimed

If we were lovers
of women that cried

If we went wandering
our heart’s reapplied

If we were statesmen
the world in our grasp

If we were sailors
the wind at our backs

If we were farmers
with meadows so green

If we were actors
on stages supreme

If we were hunters
new wolf on the prowl

If we were dreamers
all wishes allowed

If we were young men
still facing the sun

But alas, we are old
—and darkness has come

(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2016)
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Submitted by Kurt Philip Behm on June 10, 2018

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Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with twelve books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War Trail : Death from The Sky more…

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