Kurt Philip Behm's Poems

Here's the list of poems submitted by Kurt Philip Behm  —  There are currently 3563 poems total — keep up the great work!

Talking Heads

Left or right
the noise drones on

Distractions prized,
the message gone

What’s right is right
unless it’s left

The truth beguiled
—our soul’s bereft

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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"Tis Well"

A giant of a man
to whom history bows
As schoolboy’s sing
his legend proud

Our rivers symbols
where freedom flows
Through nighttime crossings
in driving snow

That freezing winter
at Valley Forge
The enemy slept
our hope restored

...

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Beyond The Draw

Laboring in obscurity
my dog forgets my name
The hours pass, the moments fade
with every day the same

My faith a light that dwindles
belief the final straw
In darkness splayed, my hope betrays
—no luck beyond the draw

(The New Room:...

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Poets Of Convenience

Poets of convenience
reality to sway
A stain that lasts forever
excuses not parlayed

“Thou Shalt Not Kill” long spoken
ancient law upon the land
Religious, secular, or more’ bound
the truth has one command

A billion screaming babies
by...

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"Those Who Can, Do..."

To hell with your endorsement,
how false opinion reigns
My words to seek a higher realm
where spirit is reclaimed

As critics in a barrel,
the bottom layer is yours
To hum and drum reflected yarn
—self-serving au du jour

(The New Room:...

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2 days ago

With Every Breath

It’s not about
your need to hear
but what I need to say

The words unbartered
spoken clean
released to have their way

They choose their own
intended path
in beelines of advance

To scent the air
with every breath
—beyond your...

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3 days ago

One Step From Perdition

That day on the ledge
he started to shake
Each memory a tremor
of every mistake

The choices made suspect
as nightmares returned
The price of redemption
his destiny spurned

Alone and forgotten
his eyes straight ahead
Afraid to look down...

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3 days ago

Beyond The Grave ?

Is anyone who's dead as great
as anyone still living
Is legacy stronger than force of will
within those still alive

Can what’s been done command the state
of promise still forthcoming
Is speaking loud beyond the grave
an edict best unheard
...

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4 days ago

Romancing The Serpent

Poetic depiction
prosaic description
Vowels come in colors
the rest black and white

They call to us orphaned
they call to us nameless
Our pens but a lifeline
that save with each write

To romance the serpent
to anger the saint
Each word...

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4 days ago

Saving Grace

Silence is charmed
disaster avoided
New breath to infuse
fresh words on the run

Tomorrow disarmed
the instant unleashing
Each moment a present
—time gifted becomes

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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5 days ago

Without A Net

Self-analysis…
a balancing act
on the edge of disaster

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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5 days ago

Dollars Incense

Professional Poet
—consummate oxymoron

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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6 days ago

Spiritual Tenancy

Leasing eternity…
sorrowful joy
Rent paid in moments
death’s choirboy
Light deeded tenure
sight to regain
Conceptual escrow
—vision’s domain

(The New Room: June, 2022)...

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6 days ago

Destiny's Union

Brothers by birth
brothers in arms
Blood running deepest

  unity warns

Brothers in life
brothers in death
Destiny’s union
—sharing one breath

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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7 days ago

Abeyant

Biting my tongue
the words choke inside me

Moments digested
—unable to rise

(Deamsleep: June,...

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7 days ago

Lost In Jericho

Without death
life loses all beauty
Without death
life loses its way
Without death
life’s value diminished
Without death
life reasons to pray

Without death
life’s years lose their value
Without death
life’s seething refrain
Without...

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1969-1971

California Dreamin…
Momma Told Me Not To Come
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Will Anybody Really Know What Time Has Spun

Hotel California…
Its Chain Gang wearing thin
Searching for an American Woman
Blowin In The Wind

Bill Bojangles...

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9 days ago

Present Of Mind

I didn’t forget…
I don’t want to remember
What’s left on the table
where time had command

I didn’t forget…
I don’t want to engender
The past from the future
—the moment at hand

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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9 days ago

Tomorrow In The Wind

Hidden deep within the trees
a whispering tomorrow
Buried in their shadows
voices fall and take new breath

The midnight wind blows silent
carrying hope into the future
Words caught up and venture forth
to seed unspoken times

New spaces...

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9 days ago

Veritas Oritur

Millions of words
are brought to a boil
But only the few
—can rise with the truth

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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11 days ago

Beyond Tomorrow

Singing a morning,
painting a song

Sculpting a memory,
writing a wrong

Blessing the moment,
kissing the sky

Laughing at sorrow
—living to die

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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11 days ago

2day

Talk about the future
and spoil the present
Fox in the henhouse
rats in the barn

Moment’s unspoiled
never in reference
Today, not tomorrow
prescience the charm

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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12 days ago

Droughted Love

Canyons of loss
emotional wastelands
Spires of hope
grasping for sky

Riverbeds bake

 mountains are damming
Feelings once deluged
—barren and dry

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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12 days ago

Limbo's Child

My girlfriend has a girlfriend
as pigeons flee the roost
Pronouns crying God knows what
knots are coming loose

I was my girlfriend’s boyfriend
when lines unblurred defined
My love abeyant, Limbo’s child
—left here misaligned

(Villanova...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
13 days ago

Awaiting Your Call

Can you speak to the masses
will your words cross the line
From youngest to oldest
will listeners opine

How many octaves
can sing out your tune
Is it seasonal only
or July until June

Is time to speak kindly
of what you espouse
Or pile...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
13 days ago

Heat Rises

Answer with Poetry…
tempted by Prose
Passions arousing,
feelings exposed

Silence your dialog,
parry in verse
Now more than ever
—quenching your thirst

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
14 days ago

Bird In Hand

Money for today
but not for tomorrow
Bees in the bonnet
cows in the barn

Poverty lessens
the weight of ambition
Our wishes and dreams
back burner to warm

Love for today
but not for tomorrow
Feelings with shelf lives

 spoiled by date
...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
14 days ago

Last Words Unwritten

Writing the final chapter…
the bells in the tower ring for me
Once for each phrase unwritten
twice for each grievance atoned

—as—

“Schoolchildren rise
pulling back the covers on the flowering meadow
Singing my words
blessing the fields...

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14 days ago

Bleeding The Moment

Hearing it again
for the thousandth rhyme,
still within the present
More inherent, more alive,
each reading
more resurgent

Hearing it again
the words still new,
reborn as they’re recited
Bleeding the moment
away from time
—no longer...

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15 days ago

New Patriots

Anarchy upon us
in less than ten years…
Nothing can stop it
neither hoping nor tears

The Founding Father’s
warning to ring…
“Revolution calling”
Jeffersonian brings

The mop or the handle
our floor will be cleaned
The face of new...

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15 days ago

Once Was A Time

The time for words near over
a curse upon the land
The devil plays his organ loud
in chords of dark command

The age of understanding
lay withered on the vine
What man had once embraced of man
new curses now opine

The gales of change blow...

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15 days ago

Now Place To Hide

There are truths
that follow deep into the grave…
The ones you disagreed with
—and the ones you ignored

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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16 days ago

A Blessing Ordained

Today is the gift
that tomorrow hides
Alive in the moment
that scripture describes

To live deep inside it
a blessing ordained
To capture this instant
—forever proclaimed

(Radnor Pennsylvania: June,...

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16 days ago

Tap Room Blues (Blues Poem #16)

Drowning in whisky,
drunkard of time
Toasting the losers
—dying unrhymed

(McGarvey’s Saloon-Annapolis: June,...

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16 days ago

Cherub's Promise

Beyond despair
new light is found
where wasted moments
live again
Befriending capsules
lost to time
the air forgiving
free of sin
Beyond all hope
there lies a wish
where cherubs promise
saving grace
And hopes and wishes
are reborn
as...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
17 days ago

Inward Calling

The years forever lost to time
but each moment is perpetual
Dreams packed and stored in the instant
of the wills inception

Centuries of regret erased
in the flash of a second baptism
Stillness calling us inward
—eternally reborn

(The New...

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17 days ago

And Coveted Sings...

Love is the freest

 most precious of things

To give without cost
and coveted sings

Love to be spoken
and heard unreserved

To harness the wind
—and fly like a bird

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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18 days ago

Honeysuckle Wandering

Amazing
how smells
attach to a memory

More vivid
than eyesight
hearing or touch

They wait
deep inside us
to capture the moment

When all
other senses
—have started to rust

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
18 days ago

Solomon's Curse

My Prose becomes better,
my Poetry gets worse
The pictures stay unpainted,
new words to the curse

Each line chosen mainly
for how it relates
A phrase to launch 1000 ships
—chapters overstate

(The New Room: June,...

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19 days ago

1954

I remember the smell of beer
going down the back steps
The keg under the dartboard
the men in long sleeves
Being carried by my grandfather
and each uncle one by one
Old Spice and English Lavender
as hugs and kisses were exchanged
The garage...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
19 days ago

The Look That Kills

Deception of reflection,
each mirror so enthralls
Calling in our timeless hope,
frozen in its pall

Its backing silver plated,
to seal the ego’s dream
Lending what cannot be bought
—deadly in its gleam

(The New Room: June,...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
20 days ago

North Rim

Grand Canyon darkness—city nights,
towering votives in wingless flight
Elevator to the desperate peak,
ninety-nine floors above the waiting street

Torment and doubt ride to the top,
buttons numeric finally stop
Ten steps to the railing,...

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20 days ago

Sola Verdad

Reports…
cold facts on paper
Truth
unto itself
The World
to judge in concert
One man
much deeper felt

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
21 days ago

Forever Timeless

A minute to make a moment
the instant to endear
A vow to make a marriage
more committed year to year

A ribbon to make a bow
once the tie is fastened right
A hope turned into wishes
wrapping tidings ever tight

A man begets a son
with...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
21 days ago

It Sits In Judgment

There’s a voice that hides
with message plain
“IT STILL IS NOT ENOUGH”

No matter how the
phrases turn
“THEY LACK THE FINER STUFF”

It sits in judgment
undeterred
to flame and scold unbound

To speak when I’m
inopportune
—and turn me...

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22 days ago

One Arrow Left

Twas deep within my golden years
when youth came rushing back
Tired of being left behind
seducing what I lack

Clocks run down as midnight harkens
options running thin
Amorous feelings lost to time
whose walls are closing in

But then an...

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22 days ago

Insight

Indelible the writing…
each theme enslaves the words
The weight placed squarely on their backs
to bear the message heard

The meaning what’s important
four ruling two plus two
Verbs forgotten, nouns erased
—their insight still imbued

...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
23 days ago

Talons Extended

Unlike the first Revolution…
this time we have to take America
back from within
Like drug and alcohol addiction
we need detox
and rehabilitation
The traitors and despoilers left
to wither and die
Too many have sacrificed
for the freedoms...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
23 days ago

False Promise

The end of all is vanity,
damnation so accused
The mirror speaking falsely
—of promise purple hued

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

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24 days ago

To Walk The Fields

‘Keeper Of The Kingdom,’
entrusted with the key
Words unlocking blocks of time,
setting moments free

Caretaker thus chosen,
fate to walk the fields
Watching insights stalk and grow
—destiny to yield

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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24 days ago

Tattered Dreams

Waking every day
finding part of me behind
The loom threadbare and empty
no yarn there left to find

Coming apart in pieces
stitches lose their hem
Expectations falling fast
inching toward the end

Daylight into darkness
bespoken twill in...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
25 days ago

Broken

Gone like September
from the wind
Gone like the Robin
from its wing
Gone like a child
from its laughter
Gone like the memory
of Spring

Gone like the Priest
behind his vestments
Gone like the hours
from the day
Gone like the waves
atop...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
25 days ago

Memory Lost

The narrow hall of mourning
pathway to my grief
Darkened by each memory lost
—there in stark relief

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
26 days ago

Only Heartache

She is gone…
swiftly, silently,
like the fading light

Settling into
my memory
like a thousand yesterdays

Taking what I
would never give,
leaving only heartache

Crossing love’s
forbidden line
—never to return

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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26 days ago

It Calls

Conscience makes
the liars weep
The feeble strong
the dreamers sleep

It calls beyond
the thickest door
Forever’s shadow
—fate du jour

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
27 days ago

Wiggle Room

Life,
but thread and thimble
—struggling with the hem

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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27 days ago

Today To Befriend

I wonder what
you’re doing tonight
Whose poking and prodding
my blue-eyed delight
Are you lonely and scared
of what nature has bidden
Are you angry and tired
of feeling downtrodden
Are you chasing the ghosts
of dreams thought forgotten
...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
28 days ago

Strike One

In a bullpen of violence
—throw the first pitch

(Dreamsleep: May, 2022)...

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28 days ago

Off The Vine

Boredom,
the greatest vintner of pain
Aged in confusion
served with disdain

Moments gone fallow
dreams unfulfilled
Fatal perfusion
—doldrums distilled

(The New Room: May, 2022)...

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28 days ago

H-o-m-e

At nineteen
I wanted to live in Colorado
Till that first weekend I spent
in Cheyenne

At twenty-five
I wanted to live in Montana
Leaving Yellowstone
as Glacier took my hand

At thirty
I wanted to live in Alaska
Within Denali
where the...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
29 days ago

Life Unbound

Waiting for life to come to me,
the clock ticked down to one

With barely but a second left,
my tendency to run

With nothing left but one last tick,
all motion seemed to stop

Perspective changed, then rearranged,
a lifetime on the spot
...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
29 days ago

Our Birthright

A proprietary hold on God,
religion does proclaim

Defining what we know inside
our souls will they reclaim

The Cross or Torah, Buddhist lore
each ritual decries

What can’t be owned or scripted pure
through centuries of lies

Divinity...

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29 days ago

Masque

Rhyme
to mask the message
Rhythm
to drive it home
Trapping words
in cadence strong
Cutting
to the bone

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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1 month ago

Love's Waterloo

I looked at you a thousand times
before I saw you once
You never did look back at me
my vision sorely trumped

Till that one day I saw you clear
in substance and in form
But still I longed for one more look
where I still got it wrong

...

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1 month ago

A Blinding Refrain

Tuning letters like strings
the words are reformed
The rhyme and the meter
the rhythm reborn

Each vowel and each consonant
together in line
No commas or periods
to block or confine

The meaning inherent
and left unexplained
restated...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

The Fury Of Rage

I deleted another poem tonight
and the Muse raged into fury
“You never asked for my permission” she said,
as her voice thundered deeply inside
“You’ll pay for this in sleepless hours
and nights when dreams are truant…”
Her promises kept, my...

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1 month ago

Dipping My Pen

Staring defiant
into the blind eye of fate
the winds of circumstance
early not late

Staring back angry
its other eye blinked
as clouds blew misfortune
too close to the brink

I reached for my inkwell
I dipped in my pen
my final last...

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1 month ago

A Deaf Refrain

How do you play a melody
deep inside the words
to sing each letter off the page
and free them like a bird

How do you write the lyrics
to a mute and silent song
that lives inside the spaces
where true music’s never gone

How do you play a...

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1 month ago

Walkin After Midnight

When death sent out its calling card
the heavens came in view
Psalms to reach the Angel’s ears
one voice had broken through
Grace within her every word
each feeling soul infused
Patsy singing from above
—to bless the chosen few

...

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1 month ago

Cartesian Gift

Rest assured in the knowledge you are
—without having to know why

(Dreansleep: May,...

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1 month ago

Your Smile

Loneliness visits
when stranded alone
Confirming the emptiness
—lost to bemoan

The darker the moment
the thicker it spreads
To lie and to cover
—my spirit in dread

It blocks every motion
I make to get out
Its shroud to enshadow
...

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1 month ago

Still Unclaimed

Ten siblings
though an only child
Divorced fraternal

 bastardis wild

Ten reminders
of what I’m not
Isolated

 dropped not caught

Ten siblings
that share my name
Whose backs have turned
with eyes that blame

Regret incessant
to live...

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1 month ago

Distant Wind

I knew it long before the end
my affairs to order fast
The days once promised now recalled
my future is my past

Each day times ten the countdown on
as memory wanders back
Tomorrow once was like the stars

 that time would not attack

Into...

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1 month ago

Time Reclaimed

Reaching for the universe

 fate extends a hand
Shortcut to Andromeda

  route at its command

The speed of light exceeded
all flashes turn inside
To burn and bend eternal
where life no longer dies

Each star laid out before me

 whose...

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1 month ago

A Token For The Master

Boiling away the edges
letting the core expand
Limitations drifting free
clarity at hand

Horizon coming at me
sky and earth as one
Sunsets in my memory
answers on the run

A token for the master
a pittance bye and bye
Value placed in...

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1 month ago

Dark Royalty

Heaviest is the heart
—that wears the frown

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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1 month ago

Streams Of Conscience

Leaky Poets
dripping Prose
Words secreted
left unchose

Wanton memories
twisted lies
Moment’s bartered
naked I’s

Love on steroids
feelings burn
Swelling heartache
pages turn

New tomorrow
old reprise
Armageddon
death’s surprise

...

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1 month ago

Sa Memoire

A shadow hides behind your smile
in the Riviera sun
Parisian moments long ago
our love had just begun

A child born then lost to time
whose laughter still we hear
As life took back its greatest gift
—his memory to endear

(Mayenne France:...

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1 month ago

Darkness Fleeting

The depth of your inkwell
the breadth of your pain
where life springs eternal
again and again

To suffer the moment
in timeless refrain
releasing the freedom
removing the stain

Each diamond unpressured
betrays like the night
whose...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

In Debt To Tomorrow

The encumbrance of peace
is war

 Silence remortgaged
—as payments begin

(Dreamsleep: May, 2022)...

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1 month ago

His Legend Lives

A madman’s humanity
of which we decry
When he has those feelings
the same, you and I

How can he commit
such actions of death
Then cry when a comrade
lets out his last breath

A madman with feelings
the concept abhors
That he loves his...

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1 month ago

City Hawk

From the top of Penn Center
he chose his first victim
Twenty stories up
as the train rolls below

A solitary pigeon
breaks free of the pack
Its eyes focused downward
for scraps that might show

His wings ever silent
with talons extended
...

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1 month ago

Left Abandoned

No more white horses
or pretty ladies
No more bright mornings
or silver skies
No more engagement
with hopes and wishes
No more will promises

 cover lies

Once more the danger
is thrust upon me
Once more the mirror
reflects the shame
...

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1 month ago

Yet So Far...

So close to Heaven,
so far from God
The gate still locked
—the devil nods

A soul once bartered,
forever sold
Its mine shaft empty
—mirage of gold

All reasons barren,
the empty fields
The seasons wanton
—bereft to yield

So close to...

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1 month ago

"This Glorious Quest..."

Better the will to know
—than to know the truth

(Re-reading Don Quixote: May, 2022)...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Storms On Fire

A new beginning
begins the end
A different octave
whose voice portends

The circle squares
as angles form
escape your memory
salvation born

A new beginning
first and last
Once you enter
the past is past

All colors exit
as black...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Tomorrow Unpromised

Where would we be
without the bomb
Was Einstein a savior
or devil aplomb
Our power the fire
all enemies dread
Till stealing its physics
unmaking our bed

The world on the edge
of a looming abyss
Missiles entombing
a terrorist wish
...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

30 Pieces

Raging flashes
time on fire
seconds flaming
moments pyre

Burning scepters
light betrays
torches fury
embers pray

Blind inception
blistered tongues
motion melting
boiled young

Bars of silver
chains of gold
locks of platinum
...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Shadows Weave

Stars light
the beckoning dawn
Shepherds sleep
the wolves have gone
Shadows weave

 the morning wind
Eyes reopen
—deep within

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Andromeda Free

Dying the death
of eternity’s struggle

(while)

Living the life
of the moments rebirth

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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1 month ago

What's Unseen

Sometimes when we speak the truth
we tell the biggest lie
Intention stealing from the facts

 meaning ill contrived

The pole is North though pointing South
when asked which way to go
when in the Northern Hemisphere
a liars truth misnome

...

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1 month ago

America Bleeds

Democracy’s demons,
they follow and stalk
for every freedom
they strike like a hawk

The cost of liberty
its downside abides
to follow intrepid
with vengeance as guide

All men here are equal
to right and then wrong
pursuing their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Seizing The Moment

Give up your torment,
take back your verse
tomorrow upon you
for better or worse

Take up your wishes,
give in to dreams
sleep in denial,
old memories scream

Free up the moment,
strike out the past
damning the future,
its promise...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

A Minstrel Hides

In the background
as I write
I always hear a song
Ringing clear
and ringing true
my wishes to belong

The words composed
in beats of time
with room for me to breathe
Awaiting
as the meaning sings
for voices to retrieve

In the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Clara Mane

Morning, bright morning,
your promise has come
Morning, bright morning,

 new birth of the sun

Into your arms
I bathe in reflection
Into your warmth
I strip off my fear

Into your heart
I surrender the darkness
Into your strength
I lay...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

The Physics Of Poetry

Robots reason
people think
in counterfactual oxymorons

The equal sign
ironic still
in anti-literal contradiction

A=B
B=C
but D won’t link without reflection

Zero-Sum
with nothing totaled
nondescript—the grand ligation

(Rosemont...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

And By Any Other Name...

Sometimes trying hard to win,
it’s more important not to lose

Semantics jumbled, meanings gray,
the angle of your view

The victor truant, a rose a rose,
when called by something else

The winner left still undeclared
—the loser on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Un-betrothed

Seduced
by what I hadn’t done
Engaged
to what I’d never wed
Married
with vows I wouldn’t take
Divorced
from what I couldn’t leave

(Dreamsleep: May, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Ipso Facto

Democracy
and true freedom
—it’s a dirty business

(Dreamsleep: May,...

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1 month ago

Izumo No Okuni

Behind the mask,
only truth gets told

Its covering sacred
—eyes behold

(Kabuki Theater: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Mulholland Drive

Rebel’s highway,
toll free line
Drifting median,
ill defined

Sirens distant,
flashing lights
Mocking laughter
—death’s delight

(Memories Of September 30th, 1955)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Language Shared

Born to the same words as you,
the feelings were my own
Language shared, intention spared,
a vision fully grown
Our words converse, beyond my verse,
your prose unto my rhyme
To search that darkest hidden place,
each footstep out of time

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Summer Rain

Twilight beckons
a wavering moon
Chasing the sunset
from darkening skies

Clouded reminder
renewal has come
Birthing new shadows
in fresh summer rain

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Libertas

The present is in your future,
the present in your past
The present a sacred mystery,
its moment to unmask
The present is in your memory,
the present in your dreams
The present neither begins nor ends
—eternity set free

(Villanova...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

The Island Ahead

Dipping his toe
in the river’s denial,
uncertain of its depth

Floating his memories
on ripples of fate,
his deepest secrets kept

Refusing to sink
excuses cut free,
his reasons left to buoy

Erasing his doubts

 the island ahead
—all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Sartorial Oasis

I dress up every Sunday,
but only in my mind
My coat and tie in tattered shreds,
the past and future bind

To celebrate in peasant rags,
as memory dances free
Imagining in formal garb
—what only I can see

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Joyous Dreams

Some days my mind is hardened,
on others like a sponge

Today my thoughts are heartened,
with feelings on the run

Tonight as light transitions,
and darkness fills the void

My mind and heart will lay as one,
true lovers—dreams of joy

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

Heart Unbound

Wedded to a grownup dream,
betrothed to whom I sleep
My lover laced in shades of gray,
her shadow most discreet

Vows of heartache lost in time,
one chance to pledge again
to tend her garden—heart unbound,
and till her love unstemmed

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

GOODBYE

I said no to the man
and made my own bed

I cut my own trail
with eyes straight ahead

In debt to myself
but thankful to all

My words freely spoken,
their verdict my call

I beat my own rhythm
on multiple drums

I structured the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 month ago

Overdue

Our mistakes are paid
in generations of denial
Old footsteps defaulting,
new judgments on file

The future in debt
to invoices past
tomorrow debentured
—arrears mounting fast

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 month ago

The Stinging Butterfly

No one lived more inside the moment,
No one left others more bent to his will,
No one remembered more for the things that he said,
No one more misunderstood while being so loved
—than Muhammad Ali

(Louisville Kentucky: July,...

by Kurtb Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Shooting Star

The greater the love
—the shorter the trip

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

The Token

While writing verse from now till then,
its toll I humbly paid

Across a bridge where time had stopped
—the truth to pass each way

(Villanova Pennsylvania: May, 2017)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Lost In Memory

Passing each other
on the cusp of goodbye
A prayer of forgiveness,
a desperate last sigh

Feeling the emptiness,
hearts gone to stone
Lost in the memory
—of love we had known

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

My Soul's Domain

Wisdom is of greater weight
than valor, pride, or name
It harbors in my deepest thoughts
to rule my souls’ domain


 Choices made my kingdom saved
though others yet to see
My heart and mind ensconced as one
—the future mine to free

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Fate To Recall

Life on the fringes
ignoring your pain

 words were my fortress
again and again

Riding the fence line
fixing the wire
judgment expelling
intruders and liars

Distance and loneliness
harken and call
wisdom and certainty
fate to recall

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Vintage Love

A bottle of you was not enough,
I needed the whole case
With every drop and fragrance let,
uncorking my embrace

To deeply breathe your sweet perfume
and drown in nectars dew
I try to sip but lose myself
—inside your vineyard true

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Last Vial

Draining all there was to say,
he hemorrhaged one more poem
Last vial of his history,
whose burden now atoned

With final drops to say adieu,
the past and future dead
His last tomorrow here today
—and time no longer bled

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

The Prize

The politics of religion,
its statues on fire
All martyred saints burning
in canonized pyre

As cardinals of vengeance
seek new hearts to be stoned
Inquisitors ramble,
the Creator on loan

The religion of politics,

 papal decrees
Guilt...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

The Whispering Muse

Torn from the moment,
each page sorely ragged
whose ink has long faded
but memory bound

The story is telling,
its magic eternal
inside it awaits us
—a treasure unfound

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

West Wind

Far from where I’m supposed to be,
destined here to roam
Lost in waters still unmarked,
drifting and alone
On my way to nowhere fast,
distance calls my name
The wind a suitor, time undone
—future shores to claim

(The New Room: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Laura's Crown

Lusting after everything,
my words in search of what that brings
I ride through time upon the wind
—to chase the virgin queen

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

To Charge Within

I put a saddle on the wind
and rode it through the storm

The bridle placed, the buckle cinched,
the reins, my soul reborn

Inside each stirrup passion spurs,
the present close at hand

Behind whose mane I charge within
—in search of who I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Your Voice Reversed

You can go anywhere as someone else,
the masks and jesters play
invisible to sound and touch
the Lords and Creatures pray

To rent the future—sell the past,
the landlord still unnamed
invulnerable to what they sell
the real prize still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Peripateticus

With no respect for time,
words revisit
Invading my consciousness,
attacking my fear
The moment conscripted
beyond all denial

 An ageless understanding
—of what’s to become

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

As Is Night The Day

To be a true champion
—conquer yourself

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Night Hunter

Everybody’s bad day…
a badge without a star
the one who stood when others fled,
each day to raise the bar

The one they all could come to,
when freedom was in chains
the light that rampaged in the night
—to hunt what darkness claimed

(The...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Angels Conscripted

The sins of religion,
religion of sin
holding God hostage,
a prisoner within

An Almighty weapon,
inflicting great pain
heaven in bondage,
redemption in chains

The politics of religion,
its dogma a curse
with guilt as the wellspring,
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Beatified

Prayer without indemnity,
prejudice, or blame,
weaponizing Diety…
a dogma-based refrain

Through Him our Divinity
rejoining heart and mind,
to truly know Who reigns supreme
last sacrament defined

Religion like the training wheels
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Strawberry Rain

Gentle as a razor,
her words cutting deep
Robbing tomorrow
of yesterday’s sleep
Her voice rising sharply
to greet the new pain
A bleeding Madonna
—in strawberry rain

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Chain Gang

Is democracy sinking
into feral autocracy
The billionaire elites
with all the control

Politicians but puppets
where rich pull the strings
The rest of us lost
in deception and whim

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Painting The Wind

Wishing in colors
Painting the wind
Singing a fragrance
Sculpting within

Tasting a memory
Touching a dream
Hearing the moment
Feelings redeemed

(Ronald McDonald House: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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2 months ago

Signare

The part you transform
is that part you possess
The rest is pure folly
—petals scattered to the wind

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

United In Want

More connected
by dollars than faith
the poor attend the

 Universal Church of Poverty

Christian or Jew
Hindu or Muslim
the altar when barren
—leaves God undeclared

(Villanova Pennsylvania: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Giving All

Write,
like you don’t need the money
Sing,
like you’ll never be heard
Live,
like the moment is ending
Love,
like a baby’s first word

(Dreamsleep: April 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Reason Falters

Do you write the words
or do they write you

Are the feelings tattered
or something new

Do you speak in tongues
or in muted silence

Are the moments sacred
or void of credence

Do the questions answer
themselves in time

Do the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

The Reasons Falter

Do you write the words
or do they write you

Are the feelings tattered
or something new

Do you speak in tongues
or in muted silence

Are the moments sacred
or void of credence

Do the questions answer
themselves in time

Do the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

The Tide That Binds

Life when it’s tragic
a forced similarity
Spreading like water
—flooding the plain

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Invenire Vitam

Until your forgiveness
marries your passion
—everything else is lost

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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2 months ago

Anti-Baptism

At 11:05 the torrent came,
its current tainted,
its waters shamed

At 11:06 direction changed,
intention drowning
—redemption stained

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Canus Temporis

The aging of time,
each year to endear
from cradle to grave
the future unclear

The aging of time,
whose toddler matures
to crawl and then walk
—as moments endure

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Half-Life

For every second
the chronometer gains,
the future loses two

The light retreating
time in halves
—the moment old once new

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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2 months ago

Spearpoint

Ego’s
not armies
destroy an empire

Inside
to rampage
—pillage and burn

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

The 8th Deadly Sin

Caught between
fear and despondency
it came as two trains
passing in the night

 with him on the center rail
too frozen to choose
too barren to cry
too orphaned to commit
hearing the screams
from the dying polarity
tearing him from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 months ago

Something-More

A Poet who writes his name in ink
and screams his name in blood
Tomorrow will hear what his wounds make clear
—to die in glory of

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Tempus Absumitur

No time for the memories,
no time to refrain
No time for the questions,
as answers proclaim
No time for the yearnings,

 regret hovers close
No time for new learning
—all time but a ghost

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Drowning In Gray

Rivers of compromise,
canyons of denial
flooding uncertainty
—mile by mile

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Song Of The Swans

The world has forever
outgrown itself,
its pants no longer fit

The cuffs too short,
the waist too tight,
its inseam worn and ripped

The fabric that
it used to grow,
lay barren in the field

The magic that
it used to show,
a sleight...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Trinity Of Time

Today was tomorrow
—all of yesterday

(Craters Of The Moon Idaho: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

The Welcoming Song

The lights went out,
the music played,
as Angels spread their wings

My name recalled,
my heart enthralled
—as joyous cherubs sing

(1st Book Of Prayers: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Heavens Ear

When the spirit listens
—the heart forgives

(Villanova Pennsylvania: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Praeterita

Celebration of what used to be,
what might have been,
what never was
—the past

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Death & Taxes

Memory kills time,
as time kills life…

Faster than a paid assassin,
colder than a dream that’s stolen

—surer than the tax man knows

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Into The Valley Of Death

Avarice…
the family of man
chasing the last baton

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Iron John

Conviction…
forcing our will
on the inertia of circumstance

(Dreamsleep: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Wishes To Hope

The more I think I really know,
the less I understand

The farther out to sea I drift,
the more I miss the land

The stormier the days repeat,
my soul to chase the sun

The rules I once thought hard and fast,
denounced and on the run

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Humble I Pray

Tonight through the darkness,
I wander and crawl

The faces seem ghoulish,
my past to recall

Unsure of direction,
I listen for sounds

To possibly guide me,
as fire abounds

I look to my left,
as hooves thunder past

I look to my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Summit

Climbing the mountain,
you walk on its rim
scratching the surface
never let in
Once at the summit
new footing takes hold
rock you can stand on
—legend foretold

Climbing the mountain,
never look down
focus above you
reach for the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Unheard & Unknown

Without a reader
the poem is dead,
stillborn and lifeless
—buried unread

(Dreamsleep: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

MetaMorph

When feelings stop,

 words take over
Emotion harried,
pen unleashed
Heart in limbo,
mind resurging
Muse in waiting
—time released

(Dreamsleep: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Nauita Tempus

Our past is never

 where its left,
the tide always returns

Those things unsaid
not put to bed,
like butter still unchurned

Returning once
returning twice,
its power built on fear

To undermine
those things adrift
—till anchored...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Hexed

Born under a bad sign,
verses time recalled
harder luck and trouble,

 moments trapped and stalled

Born under a bad sign,
rock of ages sold
answers stay unquestioned,
bells no longer toll

Born under a bad sign,
darkness settles in
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Papilio

Wings in abeyance

 motion untracked

 Monarch in shadow
—darkness is back

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Left Behind

Poetic intention
exceeding my words
Meanings now idle
truth left unstirred

Marching unspoken

 Marching unheard
Marching without me
—to march undeterred

(The New Room: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Beset

Genetics,
our cruelest mistress
the herald’s phantom
In fated shadow
a birthmark staining
—our darkest pall

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Sum-Zero

To fight a war
you cannot win…

 what are you to do?

As missiles fly
and billions die
—the blame belongs to who?

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

A Child's Love

I think like a Buddhist,
but pray like a nun

I see like the mountain,
but reach like the sun

I stand like Gibraltar,
but rage like the sea

And love like a child
—reborn unto Thee

(1st Book Of Prayers: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Artists Prayer

To share in Creation
—is to become Divine

(Ist Book Of Prayers: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Tribute

I make words come alive
not pictures or sounds
a singer or painter
stays lost in the clouds

My phrases and couplets
in colors ordain
what the Angels will sing
—in praise of His name

(The 1st Book Of Prayers: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Antigua Sonos

A wagon wheel across the stones
—ancient sounds

The death of night, the birth of dawn
—ancient sounds

The blood of my enemy drips from my sword
—ancient sounds

A voice from beyond, heard from within
—ancient sounds

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Moon Shot

Transcending the light of reason,
can words do more than wait

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

One Phrase

Call me a Poet,
but I’m just a writer
these words that I breathe
respoken much later
Call me a Poet,
my couplets in rhyme
each stanza to shorten
with meaning sublime
Call me a Poet,
my retinue sounder
to live by the moment
my squares...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Temporal Perspective

Time in degrees,
degrees of time
the horse or the cart,
position sublime

Hours sans minutes,
seconds besieged
mirage of attachment
—horizon to free

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

No Answer Required

It was never a question
but just a reminder
a sacrificed memory
of what used to be

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Prairie Fire

“I don’t splain myself,”
Bill Hickok said
before his Colts went off
A dead man lying
at his feet
—his legend time embossed

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Eyes Front

The road to power
is mined with uncertainty
each step a commitment
—to live or to die

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

The Same But Different

Piecing it together
for a second time
the result was not the same

The years had altered
the way each piece fit
a strange familiar game

Instinct overwriting
what memory lost
the picture starts to clear

My past and future
now conjoined...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

The Last Rose

Ichor running through her veins
All blood is pushed aside
Her eyelids shut, her heart on ice
My fate she would decide

Wilted romance, rotting vines
Garden left in thorns
A lonely rose from last years bloom
Bent over in her scorn

New...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Against The Tide

He had more talent
than execution
His well overflowing
no buckets to contain
Deep from the visuvial
a fountain’s raging torrent
Drowning his intention
—flooding mountain to plain

(Dreamsleep: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Period-End

Fate the end game
time is fleeting
Moments pass
hate unleashing
Choices lost
reason stalls
Darkness calling
—hell enthralled

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Drums Through The Bramble

Atheist or Pagan
which gets to dream
reasoning stilted

 spirits unseen

Rational narcissist
tribal taboos
if given the choice
it’s easy to choose

Atheist or Pagan
contrast to compare
the first in self-worship
—the second aware

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Diphthong

People are people
—and a fool is but a fool

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Reaching For Xanadu

Skeletons rule the attic,

 rooks have left the board
emptiness I can’t explain,
darkness untoward

Lapses in my memory,
lyrics left unsung
chasing all those things I’m not,
orphan on the run

Monday turns to Thursday,
Tuesday, Wednesday...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Tokens In Exile

Seconds hunger

 days unweaned
compression fracture
broken dreams

Minutes uncounted
hours unnamed

 Humptiest Dumpty
in pieces again

Yahweh once spoken
reason besieged
tokens in exile
pagans to grieve

One for the money
two when it’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Calling Me Back

They wait till I sleep
and hide within
recalling old memories
and past chagrins

Those tracks untrodden
to walk again
each choice unchosen
—my dreams befriend

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Arrested Development

I am not
me
We are not
us
They are not
them
And here is not
there

(Dreamsleep: March,...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Regenesis

Death indicts you
seasons past
prophets marking
spells recast
Life remortgaged
debt remains
time indentured
—hope reclaimed

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

The Blackest Sea

Buried in the sand of ill regret,
a rifle washes free
Remembrance of a time when darkness coiled,
a snake of Russian greed
Its chambers empty, sights removed,
it could not, would not, fire
Perdition’s tide reclaiming fast
—its shame into the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

The Curse Of Cain

Death twisted history,
guilts conferee
the liar unmasked
revenge by decree

His legions unfurling,
their flag through the smoke
the volunteers hailing,
preserving all hope

With dark days upon them,
no fear to be found
the women, the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Killing My First Russian

Deep in the fountain
of life’s betrayal
My knife drank freely,
a last denial
With screams unanswered,
he tried to run
The first of many
—from Odessa’s son

(Warsaw: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

By Degree

If the first casualty of war
is truth

The next casualty of war
is peace

The third casualty of war
is life

Until the last casualty of war…
hope

(Warsaw: March, 2022)...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

...but not forgotten

Locked behind the doors of my heart,
good wishes sleep unsaid
Whose key I’ve lost and yet to find
…this lonely empty bed
With dreams undreamt and vacant nights,
the hours linger on
All hopes and tidings unfulfilled
—and feelings all but gone...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Fear Not The Ides...

Don’t make the time,
take the time
—life inside the difference

(Warsaw: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 months ago

Lost Petals

Intention outstripped
his power of reason
Leaving him naked
—a meadow deflowered

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Self Infliction

Art,
the poison with which
the universe stings…
the artist dead

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Candescence

Keep the fire burning,

 worshipping the ash
Changing paper into smoke
—time and mood recast

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Paying Forward

Hope is not a strategy,
wisdom not an end
Moment to moment we live the truth
—borrowing to lend

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Praedicatum

Art,
being tied to form
is inferior to life

In the actuality
of its being
—life is

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Vinculum

Experiencing
You
Experiencing
Me

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Beyond The Words

My Son…
a living poem
my deepest insight
—and greatest love

(Dreamsleep: February, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

End In The Beginning

Learn
What you want to
Teach

Teach
What you want to
Learn

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Blessing's Restored

Memory of light,
vision of God

Centered return
—orbit of love

(The First Book Of Prayers: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Sylvan Escape

Listen to the silence,
hear each frozen word
wrap your mind around itself
distant from the herd
Feel the bracing numbness,
lift what can’t be touched
free one starling in the night
—windblown through the musk

(Dreamsleep: February, 2022)...

by Kurt Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
4 months ago

Heavens Gate

Idaho is
as America was
her voice in the canyons
and mountains above

Idaho is
where today meets the sun
baptized in her beauty
—deep rivers to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
10 months ago

Blind Meridian

Fire burns hottest
that burns below
Centuries rage
heartache’s grow
The coldest cold
blows just above
A gripping blizzard
—wrath...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
10 months ago

Divinitatem Hominum

In the act of creation,
we feel most alive

Releasing the lifeforce
—our purpose...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Taste Of Honey

Better to spend an eternity
in Hell

Than a brief fleeting moment
—in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Best Thing

To believe or deny,
enlightenment dares
Our lack of acceptance,
a three-legged chair

We feel it and breathe it,
and live it de jure
As minds are left gasping
at something so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Supernovae

None of us get to stay forever,
no matter how we try

The fuse burns short with memory’s fire
—into the bye and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

In Total

The history of Western Literature
is one recurring sympathy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Left To Rot

Not knowing the outcome,
I’d hide in the field

And wait for nature
to turn out the yield

Perception unharvested,
the thick to the thin

The fantasies rotting
—all truth caving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Love's Regret

It’s hard to say goodbye
when you know the time is dwindling

In the moments you have left,
what was given, taken back

It’s hard to say goodbye
when the words are lost and foreign

Those looks you get with time beset
—in everlasting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Ingenio's Lair

What genius can thus inspire,
the mind will never know

It takes more than a thought conceived,
to go where visions go

Angkor Wat or Taj Mahal,
we only stand in awe

And wish to go from whence they came
—the artists Shangri...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

El Essentia

What is the square root of time,
what is a moment devolved from itself

What is the relative quotient of dreams,
tomorrow unspoken—lost...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Time's Betrothal

Married to the moment,
divorced from everything else
my vows repeated over and over
—this present forever to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Vulcanus

The spirit can never be suppressed
its silent essence roars

No government or despot’s reign
can change its ethos pure

Bottled up the pressure builds,
like Cuba underscored

The rhythm faint but always there
—erupting force...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Formula One

Talent versus genius,
innate the spirit cries

Surpassed by something undefined
—old limits left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Today's Gift

Fading in the distance,
 years trapped inside the past

The future just beyond our reach,
its vacuum deep and vast

Each moment to remind us,
when looking North and South

The horse’s mouth will speak the truth
—when present here and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Hiding In Plain Sight

Tranquil and quiet…
 a walk in the park
Until life’s Trojan Horse
rolls in from the dark

Cancer invading,
you must parry back
Each moment recaptured
—a present still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

The Best Thing

To believe or deny,
enlightenment dares
Our lack of acceptance,
a three-legged chair

We feel it and breathe it,
and live it for sure
As minds are left gasping
at something so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Through The Looking Glass

We have only our perceptions,
but how honest can they be
Where one man sees the color red,
the colorblind can’t see

When trapped in three dimensions,
we must push against the walls
Until we’re free of all constraints
—and clarity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Higher Enchantment

Is there anything language
can’t possibly express

Words falling short,
all speech in distress

Are there concepts so deep,
they cannot be described

To experience beyond
any speaker or scribe

A higher enchantment,
a deeper...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Repudium

I asked again for everything…
she gave nothing in return

A jilted strand of loneliness
—unwoven and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

One Face

I met a man along the bank,
come back from Galilee

He took my hand and spoke my name,
which he was not privy

His head was crowned with sunlit fire,
his eyes like mine so blue

And as we looked into the pond,
one face stared back—not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Bread Of Life

Christians flock into their churches,
travelers hit the road

Searching for what’s beyond their view
in spirit overload

To leave behind the past imprisoned,
stilted and controlled

The blacktop chanting “come what may”
—a eucharistic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Ten Miles South

Repeating on and on without changing,
the boredom settled in

Lost in endless repetition,
ten miles South of what might have been

A broken record skipping, skipping,
the groundhog’s prediction...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Majesty Calls

The view is always better
from the highest road,
the joy of looking down

Vision bestows
as gravity flows
—beyond the here and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

More Than A Feeling

Sometimes love just isn’t enough,
as destiny calls within

Orphaning passion, emotions untether,
lost to Cupid’s whim

Never requited, alone and denied,
the search begins anew

Feelings repackaged and searching for more
—to do what love can’t...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Endemicae

The price of love
is loss

Its bill
both old and new

A cost
that must be paid

With feelings
torn and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Eagles Dare

You climb up a mountain
for the beautiful view

Its challenge seductive,
a call to renew

The higher it takes you
the farther you see

With freedom the distance
—that lies in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Foreclosure

I can no longer afford
what my folly has purchased

Return not an option
—my bank account...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Six Ways From Sunday

Up is not a direction,
but an intention

Down is not an intention,
but a reflection

Across is neither
intention nor reflection

Towards—a new connection
better...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Road Kill

Death failed to show up for work one day,
the clock remained unpunched

Hospital’s waiting, graveyards on call,
all coroner’s out to lunch

Death took a holiday without checking in,
the pecking order...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Final Call

Punching in the numbers
on the celestial dial tone

Eternity became toll free
—its area code my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Song Of The Nightingale

Once was a time
I was young enough,
to know and feel the truth

But the years laid claim
to my memory,
and the seeds to every fruit

Today is but folly,
tomorrow a fool,
the past like fine wine ages...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Nostrae Vicaria

The music
called the dancers
to the floor

The poet
waltzing freely
—with his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Son To His Father

“A vision into
your future

“A mirror
of your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Quare

Why would it matter,
why would you care

Voices becalming,
breathless unpaired

Freeing the Dharma,
released in the air

Transcending today
—immortality...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Religiosity

Faith often hides
an idolatry within

Statutory mandate
—harbinger of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Light Of The Despot

Creativity…
undemocratic

Tyrants of insight,
breaking new ground

Vision on fire,
effigy’s burning

Painting’s unframed
—all muses set...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Blood Of The Fallen

Humanity is destined
for being at war

Attacking tomorrow,
its fate still unsure

New conflict resharpens
the dullest of blades

Where written in blood
—new history is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Umbra

Live your days with purpose,
and death walks by your side

To constantly remind,
what time will not abide

Your choice on how to handle,
ignore or then befriend

That last step left untaken
—where life begins...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Mistral Winds

Humble
before the sea

Steady
within the gale

Intrepid
among the waves

Thankful
—as tides...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Letters In The Wind

Changing the future—changing the past,
a north south reprimand

Each word rewritten—time bespoke,
the present close at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Salvaging The Past

Many nights there were no new dreams,
so I borrowed from the old

Resurrecting the scaffolding
of what lay...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Sine Nomine

The largest rock I stand upon
is anonymity

Lodged within the silence
of myself

Calling from those distant lands
in names left blank and mute

Insuring my obscurity
—unknown but deeper...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Sheep's Clothing

Morons and liars,
all facts to mislead

Their wool to disguise
—the truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Angels On Mute

Welcome loneliness my old friend,
to mark the hours emptiness sends

In the middle of the cold and dark,
the vanishing call of a last meadowlark

leaving me stranded,
deep in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

"Perchance To Dream"

We make our beds and lie in them
—whether we sleep or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Android Analysis

Is there truth without belief,
 facts left on their own

Disconnected from themselves,
answers poorly shown

Can dogma live in vacuums,
when empty of itself

Will formulaic reasoned minds
—conscript what goes...

by KIurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Trails End

Death is no harder
 than living
—when there’s nowhere left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Barren Hill

The fire’s gone out
in the last wooden hut
Fresh snow has been falling,
cold hunger abuts

The Red Coats emboldened
in far Germantown
The wind carries stillness,
with death all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

My Liege

How is servant
to what

In all I say
—and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Just Out Of Reach

Over the horizon
a harp is playing

Its call recurring,
its tone Divine

Beyond the swell,
a calm is waiting

Its breeze untethered
—to flow...

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added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Sweet Memories

Music is to written words
as icing is to cake

Enhancing what you thought you read,
to joyously partake

A song can climb between the layers
to make each serving fly

Sent from Maestro’s high above
—sweet memories bye and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Half Life

Laboring in obscurity,
years behind the mask

Wandering through the shadows,
questions poorly asked

Looking for one reason,
to leave the past behind

Echo’s howling endlessly
—prophecy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Be Careful What You Wish For

Victim of his own success…
the treadmill calls,
the hourglass broken
—casualty of what time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Cold Wind

In fear of your abandon,
afraid of letting go

Alone and feeling stranded,
bereft—no kindness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Le Mans 1955

Its history was written
in tragedy

The period to the last sentence
—was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

To C. West

Standing redundant
in an echoing wind,
renewing your vanity
with deference to all

At home on the fringes
where truth is an orphan,
you line up your enemies
canons shot at the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Non Visceralis

Knowledge is not a paradigm,
but a bridge to something else

Its path to stay unmeasured,
when crossing into self

Devoid of polar opposites,
where beauty exits truth

To steal away, a soul relayed
—its burden stripped of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Shadows On The Wall

How do we profess
what we can’t understand

The very nature of this
takes on certain demands

If it’s truly beyond
our ability to know

Something deeper is calling,
where thought cannot go

These walls that surround us,
this cave that we’re...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Hemlock

Some would say,
the danger portends

Some would say,
it all is pretend

Some would say,
the past wears a shroud

Some would say,
the quiet is loud

Some would say,
all love is for fools

Some would say,
to break every...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Close Reach

Raising thoughts and emotion,
the mainsail was set

Heading into the wind
of tomorrow unmet

All stays are in place,
with tiller held fast

Reaching for glory
—the doldrums have...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Herein & Hereafter

Politics governs our
temporal lives

Religion conscripting
eternity’s prize

Together they’ve killed
more than famine and war

A plague that still haunts us
—to shun and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Lost & Found

The bridge to belief
spans a river of doubt

Whose rapids are raging,
whose questions cry out

Each step that I’ve taken,
each tread that I cross

Brings me much closer
—to what I once...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Dark Ivory Tower

Hey Academic,
throw me some facts
Explain to me clearly
each thought you attack

Dear Intellectual,
restate and rephrase
Your version of truth,
empty words in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Turning Leaf

The pages of my life
turn
like falling leaves
as autumn yields to winter
gathering in piles
of remembrance
blowing and scattering
to the four winds
—never to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Unbetrothed

Religion and science…
never to wed

Like oil and water,
alone in their beds

While science defends,
ancient dogma portends

Two voices discordant,
to break if they bend

For centuries long
they have fought tooth and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

To Live On...

Lines of immortality,
words on the page

Inscribing a vision,
all thoughts to remain

Death with her envy,
 corporeal greed

Robbed of my legacy
—alive with each...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Preying Within

Detached from my consciousness,
the monster attacked

Feasting first on my memory,
the front then the back

Now living inside me,
all day turns to night

Connection—rejection,
devouring the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Counting Crows

Sometimes money isn’t enough,
the wheat rejects the chaff

Wealth attained by winnowing gain,
the scarecrow only laughs

Sometimes money isn’t enough,
the numbers rise and fall

Interest accrues¬ as attrition renews
—the richest count...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Aquilo

The winds of disaster
blow solemn and cold,
sweeping away my heart

From out of the North,
reclaiming my soul
—in torment to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Temptation

Ladybugs
outline the memory of my childhood,
marking the pathway of my approach

Orange and black
like Halloween candy corn,
tempting diversion—they lure to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Stepping Out Of The Grave

You have to be immortal
to placate the gods

Time reaffirming
all memory of

Creation, destruction,
eternity looms

For those who believe
—appeasement...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Piercing The Veil

Reaching into the maelstrom,
my hands were consumed

My spirit to follow
—my will to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Or Did It

It didn’t matter what the titles were,
but that I read them

It didn’t matter what the author said,
but that I listened

It didn’t matter that his verse trailed off,
the pages yellow and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Leading The Blind

Republican or Democrat,
the wool has been pulled

Over the eyes
of a nation of fools

The truth is just fine
if we get it spoon fed

In our favorite flavor
self-served in our beds

While off in the distance
an Angel stands...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

David

His image eternal,
the chisel portrays

Beauty in its purest form
—but one word to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Mesa Verde

Shadows on a cave wall,
eyes that look for truth

Figments of what sight denies
—dancing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A=b=c=o

Consensus…
the sum of like judgment

Judgment,
the tool of conjecture

Conjecture,
opined observation

Happening quite often
—with eyes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Petals Falling

I took health for granted,
my youth like a rose

To bloom in the present,
till thorns would depose

Attacking my body,
invading my mind

The sleep I’d grown used to,
much harder to find

Not a cold or a fever
for so many a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Those Fifteen Minutes

The essence of fashion
is ephemera

Emotion and change
dancing cheek to cheek

The top of the mountain,
a revolving door

Those fifteen minutes…
some to lose—some to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Dark Cloud

The Shadow hovers…
as I wake
from my sleep

Respreading its
shroud
from a future once bleak

Its darkness portends
what fear
seeks to end

All memory entombed,
as wishes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

In Summa

Life is the culmination
—of many small...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

The Final Act

Is consciousness different than having a soul,
reflection unhallowed—eternity trolled

Does the magic within us begin and then end,
finite conscription—one lifetime to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Deja Deja Vu

Hours screaming,
futures pleading,
eternity portends
Voices crying,
souls denying
—as darkness comes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Raison D'être

Why would I question,
why would I care

Why would I venture,
why would I dare

Why would I set out
for places unknown

If not to find something
—my life has...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Intrinsecus

Centennial masterpiece,
numbers subtract

The prize in the wandering,
 years drifting back

Memory indentured,
the sour and sweet

Pointing me inward
—a timeless...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Transactional Love

I offered two nickels,
she demanded a dime
It wasn’t enough,
her anger declined

“Can’t you make change,”
she then shouted aloud
And while counting my failures,
her voice...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Tempus Ephemera

Capsules of time…
no beginning or end

The view from without,
the view from within

Defining the space,
transporting the hours

Moment by moment
—again and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Soren's Trials

Sued three times…
your wrath indicts
Prostate, throat,
and kidney cites

Each time you threatened:
“This is the end”
I wasn’t ready,
mistried again

I kept my counsel
and shut you out
The jury hung
to scream and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Arbitrium

Are we doomed to be unhappy,
or does it involve a choice
Do our feelings link externally,
giving outside forces voice
Do we choose the pain and misery,
as they cross our beaten path
Can they exist if our wills resist
—muted and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

But

Either I’m right
and you’re wrong
Or you’re right
and I’m wrong
Or we’re both wrong
—but we both can’t be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

In Voltaire's Shadow

Doubt is a troublesome occupation
—certainty merely...

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Sensus

The Veil of Perception,
what lies beyond

Our senses and memory,
all time put upon

Lying within
or lying without

Inherent by nature,
shadowed by doubt

Primary function,
will scholars proclaim

But second to that
—our reasonings...

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Minor Plus Est

Happy is he
who is content with the least
Whose hunger is sated
in famine he feasts

Happy is he
who begins at the end
And ends at the beginning
—his fortune to...

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A Beggar's Song

My last attempt
to circle the square
anger takes the throne

Isolated
no longer to share
servitude alone

Wandering unsure
things left unsaid
words to disappear

Into the dark
deserted forlorn
heightening my...

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Cash Or Check

Given facts
and reasoned truth…

Can't marry each other
without changing their suit

Some things our intellect
tries to explain

Can you turn off a light
that turns back on again

The reasoning sands
and factual...

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Symbios

Can you talk about good
without acknowledging evil

Could they ever
exist on their own

Can you go somewhere
without leaving someplace else

The answer
fairly shown

Simplistic by nature,
linguistic in form

Contrast
rules the...

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Behind The Curtain

Is something unphysical
in charge of this world

That lines every moment,
unseen and unfurled

Scientists say NO,
breathing fire as they shout

What is it then
that scatters atoms about

Darwin had his theory,
well...

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Limbus Puerorum

Most of our lives are lived
in an in-between world…
yesterday and tomorrow the bookends
to what has happened
and what is yet to come
ordering the mayhem in an artificial attempt
at unity and control
escape becomes an option for the very few
who no...

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Divinity Of Self

Beyond every question…
God is the answer
filling in the gaps of our imperfection
offering hope in the face of despair
light to shine through the darkness
and promise
when abandonment is all we feel
lifting the burden that covers our greatness...

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Last Stop

Traipsing off to the cave
with my feelings and thoughts

A Hermit I’ll be,
my last battle now fought

Alone with my memories,
together indwelt

Eternity reckoned
—transcending...

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1 year ago

Pascal's Wager

There’s nothing objective about spirit,
in that lies its strength and its truth

Unable to measure, only to feel,
its critics profane and uncouth

Science declares it the enemy,
its formulas explaining...

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Down, Down, Down...

The commonest denominator,
stepping toward the throne

His minions with their blindfolds on,
about to be disowned

The commonest denominator,
laughing at their pain

Another lie, stick in the eye
—a life of greed and...

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1 year ago

Another Time

Both old and new thou must review,
changing pink to red

Those poorly formed, to stay forlorn,
hiding in their beds

Begin then end, begin again,
on chance the meaning fed

Whose banquet serves another time
—a feast eternal...

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1 year ago

All Roads Lead...To Spinoza

Not in command of what happens next,
only in how we react

The world gets to pitch and we get to catch,
in hope that our strikes are intact

No matter how hard we struggle
and fight for a sense of...

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1 year ago

The Difference

Animals think,
and animals react

Animals sleep,
and animals attack

Animals eat,
and animals mate

Animals fly,
and animals wait

Animals feel,
and animals cry

Animals sicken,
and animals die

Animals come,
and animals...

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About Face

Can our spirits pray
without God at the center

Can worship pay homage
to self

Can divinity reign
in each person ordained

Revering what’s hidden...

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1 year ago

Hang On

Diverting his eyes from that last final hour,
denying death its due

His conscience and awareness tight in his grip,
ownership unrenewed

Both arms around life, he’s forever rejected,
blinded as time starts to...

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1 year ago

Consensure

The laws we need most
stay unwritten

As tyranny runs wild
without sanctions in place

Minus shared common values
can we ever regroup

From this polarization
—and dog eat dog...

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1 year ago

Last Windmill Tilting

Is truth that important,
or ignorance bliss

Your place on the Ferris Wheel,
roundly dismissed

What first must go up,
by law to come down

Gravity’s joke,
if not Heaven bound

The yes from the no,
the right from the...

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1 year ago

Account Cleared

The funding of wisdom,
 bankrolling death

Thoughts to withdraw
from a ledger unspent

Refinancing life,
 true folly indeed

With memory cashed in
—eternity...

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The Circle Closes

Happy endings,
the folly of youth

The aged
alone to portend

Distance a comfort,
 expiration afar

Reality
mostly pretend

Death as a concept,
corpse underground

As different as night
is to day

Two ends of the spectrum,
inextricably...

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1 year ago

Present Perfect

You may not cross the darkness,
the morning light unfound

The promise of tomorrow
—today is shining...

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1 year ago

The Tradeoff

I was perfectly happy,
a singular chime

I was perfectly happy,
alone in my mind

I was perfectly happy,
my world underscored

I was perfectly happy,
my feelings secure

I was perfectly happy,
adrift in my...

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1 year ago

False Claim

Demanding possession…
nine tenths of the law

Last bone to fight over
—its marrow still...

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1 year ago

Moveable Feast

Be it good or then bad…
defined after the fact

Acceptance—rejection,
a dog or a cat

The goals of Centurions,
or those of a Priest

Different agendas,
a moveable feast

Be it virtue or vice,
their adherents will...

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1 year ago

Verbal Crusade

The newly armed Prophet,
his heart beating strong

An old disarmed Sage,
living futile and long

If words could bring victory,
the benign would then reign

But vows must be forged
 with steel edges of...

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1 year ago

Unheard Cries

Behind closed eyes,
the future still to mourn

Grieving in a blinded state
—orphans left...

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Servitutem

Indentured as servants,
and not as our masters

Words are conscripted
—their meanings...

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1 year ago

One Lasting Wish

Kiss me once more lovingly,
than you have kissed before

Tell me that our love is shared,
and one plus one is four

Kiss me once more lovingly,
with time our hearts denied

As death abates, new dreams await
—forever’s wish to...

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1 year ago

The Ticket Lost

I’m back from war without my soul,
having pawned it on the field
Among the dead and buried dreams,
whose futile prayers concealed
I wonder where my spirit hides,
as I sleep these endless hours
With day as night and night as day,
in loneliness...

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1 year ago

Urit Memoriae

Caught inside a memory,
with flashbacks of desire

Your scent returns as lightning
—my heart a copper...

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1 year ago

All Or Nothing

If you’re not ready to kill the lion
—never stalk its...

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1 year ago

Caecus Plagam

Knowing only
what your path has shown
—so little have you...

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1 year ago

Swampland Conjecture

Entropy evaporating
into itself

Birthing an ending
—singular...

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Singularity

Reaching through the Biosphere,
I touched the hand of God

Who turned me around and pushed me back,
inside my inner pod

Letting me go with these final words,
 transcending into...

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1 year ago

The Jester's Court

Backround information,
footnotes of the weak

Substantiating all excuse,
data incomplete

Reasoned explanation,
wishful thinking’s tool

For dilettante’s to build a stage
—to dance and play the...

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1 year ago

The Endless Cycle

Delivering what we said we wanted,
wrapped in dirt and mud
The politician slashed and burned,
and each time drawing blood

He tapped into our memory,
with fear and recompense
Reminding what the past was like,
with promises...

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1 year ago

You Made Me Love You

I was twenty,
 you were nineteen,
  that day along the mall

When I heard a guitar
  from deep inside,
  that round auditorium hall

Up on stage with legends,
  Son House, Muddy,
  Johnny Winter...

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1 year ago

The Final Vote

Lobbying through Hell,
the politician remanded

To the Devil he stated:
“Your program’s too thin

“You need to refigure
and turn up the heat

“His word’s getting through,
and the Angels all...

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Transmogrify

I sleep with Saint Anselm,
but wake with Aquinas

My dreams to envision
what the morning will say

Creativity’s twins,
imagined then stated

Epiphany’s birth
—morphing night into...

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Liberatio

Should I share my truth with you,
or take it to the grave

And bury what my life has been…
the fearful and the brave

Should I share a final word,
before my name is called

To pour your cup into that stream
—that runs beyond the...

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1 year ago

Ecclesia de Veritate

Do we worship a concept
we cannot define

Do we dig for a treasure
that we’ll never find

Is the belief that it’s there,
enough to forge on

In perpetual failure,
no words to our song

Do we feel we’re the closest
when the bottom falls...

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1 year ago

The Tollway

Prophesy,
that sphere beyond reason

Belief as its bridgework
—faith as its...

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1 year ago

Augustine Was Right

Time an illusion,
to make sense of reality

Reality an illusion,
to order and place

Order an illusion,
to all that’s a given

What’s given Divine
—indefinable...

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Wanton & Lost

The suddenness of desertion,
the emptiness of time

Abandoning each moment,
as clocks strike their chime

And wherego the hours,
once used and cast off

Are there auctions and markets
for each second that’s...

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1 year ago

Verbal Black Hole

Tapping eternity,
time rendered still

Back looking forward
—never...

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1 year ago

Benedictum

A Poet’s ink…
more sacred
than a Martyr’s blood

Each word
divinely measured
—all time in glory...

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Liftoff

Phrases string together,
letters front to back

Birds of the same feather,
in each other’s tracks

Marching toward transcendence,
words reformed and strong

Flocking into unison
—flying into...

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1 year ago

Too Late For Sorrow

While bending the rules,
and strattling the line
I pushed every limit,
calling it mine

Tearing down fences,
defiantly proud
The direst warnings,
rebutted out loud

One last price to pay,
its ticket to stamp
Shadows concealing
my spiritual...

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1 year ago

Conversus

Once free of the body,
into the soul
Majestic reversal,
the minstrels have told

A crown made of virtue,
death in the past
Whose regal foretelling
—a message to...

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1 year ago

From The Source

Modern thought…
a footnote to Plato

Enshrined in our memory
—recalled and...

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1 year ago

Spiritus Vitae

Short in stature,
long in fight,
the zealot stood his ground

The odds unfavored,
no end in sight,
 victory still unfound

The daylight haunting,
the body count,
the field a sea of...

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1 year ago

Nunc Perpetuum

All of my life,
living for today

All of tomorrow,
living for tomorrow

None of my life,
living for yesterday

Lived as today
—as today was tomorrow

(Reading ‘The Portable Einstein,’ September,...

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1 year ago

For Something More

I’ve crawled through the logic,
but where’s the trap door

The one to escape through,
where there’s something more

I’ve labored with reason,
my notes here to show

Its path ever narrow,
restricting the flow

Epistemological
gods of my...

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1 year ago

Stage left

Auditioning for myself
the lights went down
the sound amped up
my head turned round

Auditioning for myself
the handbill flew
into the seats
the chosen few

Auditioning for myself
last line unread
the words reborn
inside my...

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1 year ago

Rx P

Prescribed philosophy…
 medicine of the soul

Brainchild of the gods
—thoughts becoming...

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1 year ago

Elba Blues

That unshared secret…
a crawlspace of denial
where shadows keep your heart at bay,
lonely all the while

To hide in darkened corners,
as falsehood lends its smile
your mind left cramped—all virtue tramped,
banished and...

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1 year ago

Sheep's Clothing

I ran over
the edge of uncertainty

To convince you
of what I didn’t know

Falling into the abyss
of deception

Where the pretenders
and charlatans...

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1 year ago

The Bleeding Stops

Physician heal thy body…
virtue heal thy soul

Wounds profane—blood reclaimed,
whose sutured truth is...

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1 year ago

Oil & Water

Yes or no,
right or wrong,
their truth so far apart

Opinion
versus stated fact,
polarized and stark

To give
or sway conjecture,
in light of what is known

Weakness
in consensus lost
— black and white has...

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1 year ago

Verus Amor

A painting will never love you back,
like a woman or a child

An opera may cause your heart to sing,
then leave you twice beguiled

Platonic zeal may fill the hours,
a pleasant...

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1 year ago

Beyond The Garden

Is knowledge just the memory
of what has gone before
Our current thoughts a window dress,
in search of something more

Are ideas in our DNA,
and cellular as such
Feelings lost within those thoughts,
wading through the...

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1 year ago

Plato Was Right

Without exception, throughout all time,
governments devolve

Aristocracy, the Philosopher King,
benign in his resolve

Timocracy, the city state,
landed and secure

The Oligarch, his army placed,
to rule in peace and...

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1 year ago

The Way Back

‘You’ll never step in the same river twice,’
the future now the past

Motion the only constancy,
beyond all time to last

You will never see the mountain,
by staring in its face

Perspective shorn and vision torn,
its image out of...

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1 year ago

Default

What was,
became you

What will be,
becomes you

What could be,
belies you

What is...

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1 year ago

Mutual Exclusion

I said yes,
you disagreed…
no longer to be friends

 P.C. culture,
zero-sum,
misleading to the...

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1 year ago

Lost Voices

What versus why,
each millennium cries

Man on the run,
all truth in disguise

Modernity reels
from an ancient ideal

Until time the thief...

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1 year ago

Blood Oath

The knife edge of verse…
a verbal incision,
whose sharpness cuts both ways

Its blood groove runs heavy
with truth dripping free
—to mark the words...

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1 year ago

Visions Troll

Subject and Object,
who builds the bridge
From either perspective,
to laud or forgive

First person invective,
third person retort
The toll for each crossing
  —forever...

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1 year ago

The Garden Path

Intention of action…
inaction pursues

Deflecting commitment,
with roadblocks infused

Intention of action…
step one and step three

Step two is the question
—of what comes to...

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1 year ago

Dilettalia

You dip your toe into poetry’s waters,
but never seem to get wet

Pretense showing, your measure unknowing,
the surface as good as it gets

Into the depths where fear leaves a shadow,
you stare with eyes...

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1 year ago

Wittgenstein Was Right

The sum of all possibility,
true nature of our soul

To act upon or take flight from,
virtues to extol

What may or may not happen,
to inspire or pretend

The choice is ours, the will empowers
—to flee or to...

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1 year ago

Pretium Amoris

At what price, love,
the Angel’s sing

At what price, love,
the joy it brings

At what price, love,
our spirit’s rhyme

At what price, love
—the word...

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1 year ago

Tomorrow's Song

Memories of the future,
dancing in my head

Recalling what will come to pass,
 joyous and unread

Reflections yet to happen,
vivid they befall

Voices that still wait to sing
—calling me...

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1 year ago

The Right Side Of Tomorrow

Some men are rich with a promise,
to others—millions are never enough

Fortune esteems what your vision can dream,
contentment elusive as...

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1 year ago

Worse Than Death

Stealing my dignity in the name of love,
you took back all control

The past and future trading in place,
all memory untold

Stealing my dignity in the name of love,
child—father to the...

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1 year ago

Truant Verse

Finding fault
with a vagrant poem,
its message left unclear

Falling short,
while aiming long,
to harken every ear

What’s left unsaid,
an unmade bed,
the sheets pulled down and...

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1 year ago

The Lights Of The O.R.

Dodging a bullet,
the PET Scan loomed large…
results both good and bad

“Nothing today
to worry about,”
but tomorrow left unclad

The moment secure,
the future unsure…
prognosis under...

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1 year ago

Modernia

Information…
answers
wrapped in questions,
warped in dimension
—to...

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1 year ago

The Winter Count

We die in the present,
but live in the past

Though the moment may claim us
—our memory to...

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1 year ago

Dakota Afternoon

Can our culture live on,
can its message be contained

Will an eagle looking down
see the joy or the pain

Will our heritage run deep,
like the river that flows

To an all-consuming delta,
and the life force who...

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1 year ago

From Beyond The Grave

I get along with
my father now,
better than when he was alive

The walls have dismantled,
the barriers down,
a clear vision to inside

The excuses we made,
 a pride that forbade,
here buried in the...

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1 year ago

Joni's Circle Game

The older I get
the more I know,
everything starts as a prayer

The older I get
the more I’m indebted
to a voice that I can share

The older I get
the surer I am
that life begins and...

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1 year ago

Joyous Epitaph

Walking on His
good side,
each step was placed with care

My direction set,
intention met,
new words to light the air

Looking back
I said goodbye,
all strings there left untied

Hands firmly placed
in His embrace
—eternity...

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1 year ago

Airway To Heaven

Poetry…
my breath,
my life

Feelings
 inhaled,
thoughts to...

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1 year ago

The Eagle Cries

So much lost…
 so little gained

Prairies in judgment,
our destiny framed

So little gained
for what we lost

Spirits now orphaned
—tomorrow the...

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1 year ago

Grandfather's Song

Our Father, life giving light,
Redeemer of the plains

Carry our offerings into your heart,
remember, we serve in your name

Spirit Redeemer, the mountains and hills,
distant and barren in...

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1 year ago

Oglala Lament: Decembver, 1890

We cannot eat lies
or feast on empty promises

No more than the bison,
starving in the desert sand

We cannot clothe our children
as we run from the Wasichus

Our teepees torn and freezing
amidst the winter...

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1 year ago

Do Over

Revisiting places,
a fresh pair of eyes

All time reimagined
—the how and the...

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1 year ago

By Any Other Name...

A watch is forever subservient
to time

As each day bows down
to the sun

Remeasuring infinity
from end to end

Orphaned between
—and left to...

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1 year ago

Enemy Within

If conflict is human,
is violence a game

The law of the jungle
by some other name

A mortal endeavor,
to choose when we fight

With nature in judgment
—the wrong from the...

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1 year ago

Whole Punched

Imperfection keeps me fertile,
like the storm upon the plain

Measuring the distance,
of what’s lost and sometimes gained

With my thoughts I mark the hours,
left uncounted looking back

The choices made and prices paid
—endorsing what I...

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1 year ago

Not I

If reality is meant to change,
Buddhists may be right

The stops and starts of wasted dreams,
to bury in the night

With truth in self-denial,
our awareness springs and grows

The burdens of all conscious thought,
released—once letting...

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1 year ago

The Devil's Ear

Cheating death…
the myth we tell
—when life seems all the...

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1 year ago

The Threshold

My door is made of solid bronze
but doesn’t have a lock

Patina’d with the stain of blood
from all the battles fought

It swings upon a rusted hinge
and creaks when open wide

To welcome back the future-past
the present safe...

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1 year ago

On My Sleeve

I know more things
than I can tell

The water deep
within my well

I wish for more
than hope can stand

Obeying Thee
—my heart...

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1 year ago

One Last Drink

On a barstool
somewhere
in a lost America
with a stranger
who calls me friend
All options
dwindling
my fate in his hands
—and nearly at the...

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1 year ago

All The King's Horses

Logic destroys the natural state,
as order rules the day

To tag and label, weigh and chart,
reality at bay

A poet in the truest sense,
I fall outside the lines

Entropic freedom calling me
—to all that I might...

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1 year ago

Dodging The Bullet

When death came ‘a calling,’
again thus denied

The future remortgaged
—payment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Lakota Psalm

The white wing of the wind
blew down from tomorrow

Carrying a message of hope
—from beyond the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Limboesque

Caught within the membranes
of a lost tomorrow,

time stood still

No sound, no sight, no
fresh vibration,

as eternity...

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1 year ago

Belighted

Coming out of the shadows,
reality struck hard

Changing me forever
—leading me...

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1 year ago

X-Posed

Don’t hate me if I struck a nerve,
a tear now yours to mend

The pain acute, denial slim
—too late to then...

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1 year ago

Caught Between

Waiting for yesterday,
I stumbled into tomorrow
—and found my spirit...

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1 year ago

Inner Child

A creative adult,
a child who survived

New toys in the attic
—where time comes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Dark Consensus

Only talking to each other,
academics expound

And sing to the choir
—no truth to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

The Soul

Foreigner
to death

Alien
to mortality

Gateway
to transcendence

Angel
from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Fool's Gold

A bigger fish,
a smaller pond

A greater truth
alludes

The water shallow,
banks now void

Of fishermen...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Flotsam & Jetsam

Do you strive to be poetic,
while forgetting to be a poet

Your words when forced an epitaph
to what you never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Buried Alive

Lost within the folds
of my regret

Trapped between today
and tomorrow

Taking
what I could never give

Losing
what I had yet to...

by Kufrt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

To Love You More

I don’t want to be the one who shies away
and loves you less

I don’t want to be the one asleep
while you’re awake

I don’t want to be the keeper of secrets
you cannot share

I don’t want to be the one you miss
—until I’m...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

The Night

The wingless eagle
went to the party of the owls
with his own wisdom
Intimidating the impostors
of the night
with his past glory
Exposing the shadows
of their dark indulgence
—with a killers...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Fidelite

Divorce not an option,
vows to remain

The altar enmired,
betrothal reclaimed

Children all lettered,
their offspring to spin

My nuptials enduring
—faithful...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Honeybee's Die

Are you rapacious with your poetry,
avaricious in your verse

Covetous of those words you read,
jealous—maybe worse

Do your thoughts deceive with what you write,
does bad intention rule the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

The Mirage

At odds with myself,
those things you see

Eyes looking out
—feelings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Drawers Of Remembrance

The furniture of my youth,
 bed posts of desire

Armoire of a future wish
—hope chest of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Beyond The Veil

Hiding in the middle class,
I made my way through life

Looking like I had it made,
no struggle and no strife

Others couldn’t see it,
as it metastasized inside

A terminal metamorphosis
—hidden from your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

The Abdicate

Standard bearer,
above the fray

Others follow,
trackless fields

Trailing echo’s,
dead and gone

Then tomorrow
—tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Fault Line

Clothed in fraud,
his disguise supreme

Frightening listeners,
confusion schemed

His world inside,
a caldera waits

Armageddon trembling
—the hour...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Highway 61

Maintaining his distance,
Dylan felt safe

A musical drifter
not born for one place

His words once released,
to live on their own

The road calling windward
—far from his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Chimeran Crossing

Bridging the gap…
hate falling away

Into the chasm,
fate tightens the stays

Forging two armies,
to now fight as one

Entreating their union
—Saint Michael has...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Blessings Counted

Looking down,
I’ve been so lucky

Looking up,
still more to know

Fortune smiles,
the road still open

Steeper yet
—but blessed to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Magna Carta

You once gave to me something,
you now want to take back

But its cord is umbilical,
my soul thus attached

The title to the future
in invisible ink

Bleeding free your reluctance
—inextricably...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Lonesome Whistle

Behind on my rent…
the door slamming behind

A beggar of memories,
doomed to remind

Last boxcar of hope
on a railway of dreams

From here to tomorrow
—trapped in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

To Thine Own...

Betrothed within,
making love to ourselves

Pledging new vows,
to seal every tryst

Promises buried,
 a marriage unseen

Wedding bells ring
—ever silent and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

The Comet's Tail

Chasing after the flame,
in spite of the heat

To bathe in the light
—everything else is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Going To The Sun Road

Decisions that last forever…
choices made every day

To commit with our hearts,
our heads in the wind

—the difference for Poets to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

First And Last

The first casualty of war…
truth

The last casualty of war…
death

Truth fighting death,
beginning to end

Questions unanswered
—gravestones...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Hourglass

On the quietest of nights
I can now hear its roar

This current hides calmly
what fate has in store

Its crashing is consummate,
my drowning awaits

Last bend now approaching
—the hour grows...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

The Future Of Our Cities

“Violence broke out again last night
in Gotham…

“No arrests have been...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Falling Petals

Asking for support and not your agreement,
I looked into your eyes

Seeing rejection, a stare blank and cold,
all connection was untied

Words became hollow, our rose only thorns,
a new distance did we...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Time Bandit

Has the future made a profit
by selling out your dreams

Marking up expectations,
closing out self esteem

Interest bearing hopes uncashed,
wishes in arrears

Creditors loom, the past foreclosed
—tomorrow paid in...

by Kurt Philip Behm,

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Ensnared

If something isn’t true,
is it necessarily false

By the polarized abstraction,
are we blinded to recourse

In the either or equation
and the depths of zero sum

Is all meaning trapped forever
—inside this web we’ve...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Lifelines

Reaching down or
reaching up

Arms extended
—hearts to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Returning Tide

Revisiting oceans I’ve sailed before,
my eyes now finally see

Their currents deeper but softer felt,
all doldrums blowing free

As friends I greet them no longer strange,
once passing in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

A Hobo's Last Prayer

Hitchhiking along a highway
that runs inside my mind

Revisiting the roads I’d crossed
while skirting all the lines

My thumb held high and searching
for what eyes no longer see

Along this path that takes me home
—returning unto...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Blessing's Disguise

Being poor…
having no money

Conjoined,
yet not the same

Faith in the wind,
promises born

Wings free
—to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Time Lies In Wait

Attack, attack…
leaving no room for fear

Charging ahead,
driving the past behind

Fate in a coma,
never really dead

Lying in wait
—for that final...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

The Fleeting Moment

You can only live
in the time you’re given

The past and the future,
a false consorting

Looking inside and blinding
yourself

—to tomorrow and yesterday

The magic contained within
each fleeting moment

—until it’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Fantasia

Are you bigger in your absence
than your presence could command

Is your memory that much stronger
than your being when at hand

Does the legend of your fancy
stretch the truth of what you’d...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Memory Lane

The right to remember,
the right to recall

The right to uncover,
the right to forestall

The right to nostalgia,
the right to look back

The right to remember
—the right to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Our Will To Answer

Fear, the ghost of indecision
where darkness stalks each day

Confusion our ignoble master,
bewildered we fall prey

Terror caught in nightly doldrums,
the walls start closing in

As choices wait our will to answer
—or die this fate...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

In Darkness

The thrill is gone, but its memory remains
in flashes that come in the night

The names have all changed, but faces stare back
forsaken, denied by the light

The thrill is gone, but its price still to pay
whose absence weighs heavy and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Dark Orphan

The bigotry of isolation,
 prejudice of despair

The future in your rear window
—abandoned beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

To Glen Campbell

With distance in his voice,
he traveled on the wind

Guitar case for a saddle,
to ride each beckoning whim

A folk tale left untethered,
his melody to claim

Each song an affirmation
—his legend to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Tomorrow's Yesterday

Paying the price for a life ill lived,
my spirit torn and scarred

Those things undone, weigh heavy now,
old choices prey and mar

I thought the past behind me sure,
alas, naivete

Each memory loose to track and hunt
—tomorrow’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

The Future Claimed

Moments of clarity stop the clock,
but time rolls on and on

Unrecorded, to stay embedded
in each wish unfulfilled

Tranquilizing the fleeting doubt
that truancy sets free

Returning with the future claimed
—to liberate the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Storm Warning

Markets are strong
as bridges crumble

Dividends fly
while highways collapse

Earnings per share
define false adoration

Gift wrapping burns
—on the last empty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

In Hoc Momento

Sitting neither left nor right
but on the different side of things

Polarity drifts off
like the ending note in a forgotten song

The past and future saying
one final and lasting goodbye

As time becomes a wandering orphan
—and the moment set...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Lost Inside

Those who betray their dreams
are forever old

Living between denial
—and what might have...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Legacy's Tale

Will you be the hero
within your own story

Will you marry the present,
dating the future and past

Will your legacy document
your truest intention

Or falsely imply
words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

New Book Title

Science…
explaining away the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

The True Cost

With nothing to offer
but my own confusion,
I wandered through the night

Holding you close
while letting you go,
a darker prophecy claimed the light

The end came too soon,
the beginning was dead,
all connection torn and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
1 year ago

Freedom's Portal

Redefining the past
for tomorrow

Memory’s promise
—reimagined...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

The Quiet Roar

Deafening thunder,
cries from down under

Voices of silence
—lost in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Gale Warning

Name dropping success…
a first name basis with failure

Hope into the wind,
 heartache on the approaching...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1 year ago

Following Storm

The underside of dawn,
a promise ill remembered

Blue Hour turned to black
—as night devours...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heat Blinds

Are the truly enlightened
able to endorse their success

Driven closer to the flame
—where heat blinds to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Veil

The future calls our name just once,
hello awaits goodbye

The past a veil to what’s been learned
—the truth wrapped in a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Each Memory

The past held victim
to the future

Each memory a shackle
in tomorrow’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Each Choice

The moments of these days…
the wheat from the chaff

Each choice confirmation
—the first from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Count On

The greatest times
are the one’s that surprise us

The greatest people
are the one’s who...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Resonant Voices

What are we afraid of
if not ourselves

What are those shadows
that hover within

What do we know
beyond the joy and the pain

Where resonant voices
—start over...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Writers

Taking the reader
where alone he can’t go

Onramp to tomorrow
—new roads to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Till Thunder Breaks

She only leaves me when it’s raining,
to wash away the pain

Clouds an ablution to her memories dark,
 drowning a past refrain

She returns as the skies are clearing,
to dry inside my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Abandoned Tears

I can’t cry anymore,
or mention your name

I can’t sleep through the night
with fury and shame

I can’t give anymore,
stakes gone from my claim

I can’t cry anymore
—tears salting the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Conjoined

The Art of Creating,
the Art of Living...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In Sheep's Clothing

Disguising his attack,
concealing his intent,
deceit comes calling
as a friend

Smiling to your face,
fangs in your back,
the wolf approaching
as a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Resonation

Poetry,
not read with the eyes
or listened to with the ears
—when spirited through the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Reaching Out

They just want to feel something…
the audience again new

They just want to escape time,
for a moment then, or two

They just want to know you care,
after what the past has cost

They just want you reaching out
—touching something that they’ve...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Seasons To Mourn

And no summer came…
 the calendar frozen, cold winds still in play

And no summer came…
the birds and the butterflies staying away

And no summer came…
 expressions of love buried under the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Freebyrd

Searching,
I look for words to free the song

The music,
already playing inside my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mexican Hat

Monument Valley,
you whisper going through

HOPING IT WON’T HEAR
HOPING IT WON’T HEAR

Whatever you say
—never to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Less Is More

If only my wishes
had come to me earlier

Much less than I settled for
—still more than I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Which Rose

What’s in a title,
what’s in a name

What does it matter,
praise—or to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In The End...

Blue Collar—White Collar,
choking the same

Their difference endemic,
as time casts its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Look Back

Before success,
the work had more meaning

Before success,
with nothing to fear

Before success,
all floor and no ceiling

Before success
—the mirror was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Reach

How close can you get to the horizon,
how far can infinity feel

How near can you get to the distance,
that pulls, but then never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Hurt So Good

Writing
pains my hand
—as it eases my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lest We Forget

The rock,
stands against the wind
in centuries old calm

Counting the years until
our baptism,
sinking deeper still

Stoic to tell
lest we forget, engraved
on a hill of blinding sun

Of barefoot
painted dancers,
and children—future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mourning's Roar

Monuments of distraction,

portals from hell

The gates, the temptation,

where the misguided dwell

Three dimensions the material,

where emptiness hides

The lions all roaring

from cages inside

The pathways worn smooth,

the comfort is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vox A Priori

A Poet first,
long before the first word

Musings inherent
—crying to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sold Unborn

Give me back my kidnapped youth,
distiller of the night

Return the sun from whence it’s gone,
expose this darkened fright

Give me back the future-past,
all memory on the run

Return those days once sold unborn
—to where my joy has...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Carnal Madness

The prostrate lizard,
hated savior,
crawls the crooked road to the city

Figures, sinking with the light,
bending your prayers
—watching the sun

Light retreats
as shadows leave,
emptying space for a new...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dark Summit

The top of the mountain
—how do you spell...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Wanton Barter

Everyone’s life is tragic,
but who calls out the score

The Jester or the Hangman,
the Undertaker sure

Everyone’s nights are haunted,
when sleeping with the Muse

Each dream a wanton barter
—your memories to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Chasing Miles...

Jazz without melody,
an arm with no hand

A heart without blood
—a sea with no...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tip Of The Spear

An army of lions…
led by a lamb

An army of sheep…
led by a lion

The fangs out in front
first bite is the deepest

A wound more than fatal
—destruction...

by kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dreams Forgotten

Whispers before me,
echoes behind

Voices portending,
words to remind

Sleepless imprisoned,
nights linger on

Shadows approaching
—memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

22 Catch

When you’re out of options
—it’s no time to make a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

When Looking Back

I’ll rue the day,
 I can’t write angry

I’ll rue the day,
 not alone with myself

I’ll rue the day,
 the questions all answered

I’ll rue the day,
thoughts no longer...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

As Then Conceived

Through the bedroom window
in my Grandmother’s house,
shone three lights—far off and red

Vertically stacked,
representing the distance,
to a young boy fast in bed

A distance that I
was born to travel,
my hopes as then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Demon That Hides

Fear is a thief stealing into the future,
the past its lot to pawn

A larcenous demon that hides in the night,
from the gallant, intrepid—and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever Now

Every second, an infinity
happens
... in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Last Adieu

The sentence was death, terminally sure,
to pack my bags, adieu

As reds have never looked so red,
and greens, the greenest hue

The wine the sweetest on my tongue,
as birds sing sweeter...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Adieu

The light gets richer
approaching the end

Warmth trumping distance
—goodbye an old...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lover In Armor

A question unanswered,
a wish unfulfilled

A moment left fleeting,
to wander until

A maiden unmarried,
a tryst never made

A lover in armor,
a husband forbade

A day left to dwindle,
the twilight to roam

A promise indentured,
enslaved and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vitam Aut Mortem

Is this life we live,
the life we know,
really death
from another plane

Is the hurt we suffer,
and the struggle we bear,
the result
of another realm

Are the visions we see,
and the insights unnamed,
but a window
into that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Stronger Winds

A dark cloud swept o’er me today,
and visited but couldn’t stay

It tried to blow my voice away,
but stronger winds then had their say

Poisoning rains lay overhead,
whose black veil lifts in mornings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Wedding Bell Blues

Married to a doctrine
—divorced from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nearer Than Far

Writers
treading water
—the sound of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Liner Note

Whisking away tomorrow in a velvety breath
—to write once...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Ames — 1967

The country was turbulent on TV,
but not in Iowa

The ‘Times Were A Changing’ for most to see,
but not in Iowa

There was more to sound than snippets or bites,
back then in Iowa

Each voice was heard when spoken and free,
back then in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Trinity Blues

Three in one,
prophetic comes

One for all,
each heart enthralled

Confusion proffered,
diffusion reigns

Salvation offered
—all reason...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Enmity

Turning down every invitation…
the invitations stopped

Ensuring the freedom I always craved,
alone inside my thoughts

Misunderstood and misrepresented,
my feelings misconstrued

And needing to live within myself
—no enmity toward...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Id Infinitum

We live,
have lived,
and always will
—live in troubled...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time's Reverie

What’s written in the past,
the shadows capture

Those words saved for tomorrow,
fantasy

But what I write today,
to live forever

Alive unto itself
—time’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Jurassic Dreams

Walking with giants,
each step getting bigger

The miles—the millennia,
the search...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven's Chord

The stairway to God
is music

Each step a string
on the Angel’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Twilight Moments

In days of fancy,
you cared for me

In days of challenge,
I cared for you

In twilight moments,
our love renewed

In night’s betrothal
—our wishes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Naked In The Forest

When you become a victim,
the hunter turns to prey

And the wolves now beckoned...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Embodied

As an artist,
you go where art takes you

As a writer
—you become the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Railway To Hell

The Gypsy jumped from car to car,
never getting off the train

In Davenport through morning fog,
the old town looked the same

The prairies waited in the dark,
the Rockies far beyond

In Denver’s wind he heard the words
to an oft-forgotten...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nusquam Omnino

Running in circles,
spinning in place

Everywhere at once
—nowhere at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Enabler

I abhor…
bigotry,
dishonesty,
hate and
disloyalty,
bias
and jealousy,
misogyny
and tyranny

But more than anything
I hate weakness in all its forms,
cowardice being the most destructive,
 which allows all of the things I abhor…
to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Cheating The Night

Ships pass in the dark,
so near yet so far

A hair’s breadth away
—eternity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Your Words

For those who will listen,
and those who can hear

For those it will matter
—your words to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Laid Bare

You have to be naked
inside a Poem

Exposed in its limelight,
a baby new born

Starving the doubt
by feeding the fear

Everything revealed
—your back to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

For Those

For those who will listen,
and those who can hear

For those it will matter
—your words to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Her Eyes

There’s a power that only certain women have,
a force beyond words to describe

Where your breath is frozen, and your eyes are locked,
with every move freeing her...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Orphaned Shadows

Youth,
the perception
—of what time throws...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Looking Away

You won’t get better
with age

Or turn more experience
into a higher art

By heading back down,
never reaching the apex

To where you first started
—your eyes turned...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unto Thee

One last day to suffer,
as silence endures

One new day engendered,
to motion toward

A musical seamstress,
to stitch me back whole

A lyrical consort,
inscribed to behold

Each word as my seed,
to lay fertile the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Each Voice

America’s greatness…
we don’t have to agree

In freedom of dissension,
a strong harmony

Each voice draws a bowstring
whose arrow flies high

Carrying a message
—that liberty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Boys

Elegant grunge…
the Rolling...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Re: Warren 'Link' Draper

“Once you’ve financed your passion
—it’s time to quit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Till It's Gone

Time…
our most precious consumable

Buying each footstep
—lace on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Before Goodbye

Unliving your memory
—unbreaking my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Picture's Worth...

Painting with words,
poetry my canvas

Hanging through the ages
—signed with my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Pandora's Revenge

Don’t pick it up
if you can’t put it down

A little bit pregnant
—the world turned...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Creases

Folding words into
a feeling
The permanence was
addictive
The creases
redefining
And the transcendence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Viventem Et Mori

Living right,
death of no concern

Dying right
—life begins...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Lakota Mother's Prayer

‘Wana Hin Gle’ the Lakota call me,
‘Wana Hin Gle’ my given name
 
‘He Who Happens Now,’ the drum beat has found me,
reaching into this moment beyond glory and fame
 
As ‘Wana Hin Gle,’ my spirit has wandered,
as ‘Wana Hin Gle,’ my ancestors call
 ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Exitus

Never writing to make the words pretty,
but the thoughts pure

Each breath a moment of time’s demise
—tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Deo Natus Est

When man came out
of nature's womb
—God was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Journey

Artists reach beyond themselves,
to be more than who they are

The journey never at an end,
nor ever near—but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mirage In The Distance

Who’re you really” the Sage asked again,
that look upon his face

“It depends on who I’m looking at,”
I said, his eyes now glazed

“I’m never just one thing as you’ve heard often
in my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Where Dreams Elope

I don’t remember where I was,
when the Earth became my lover
Surrendering herself to me,
enticing all endeavor

Canyon Walls and Glacial Cliffs,
whose depths and heights I wander
Memory folding in upon itself,
my heart immersed in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Candy This Year

The eggs had been colored,
and scattered about

The baskets were hidden,
the children to shout…

“Was he here mom, was he here?”
they yell from upstairs

“Come down and find out,”
she says—nary a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Light Of Ibalon

Return to the sky,
our moon, Bakunawa

Masked Haliya has been called,
the tree circled again

Balyana is dancing,
the heaven’s in darkness

By the goddess of moonlight
—you’re condemned to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Myself To Keep

Social Distancing not so strange,
I’ve been doing it for years

The world a feelings length away,
old lovers left in tears

I shared what I shared early,
with my short pants not yet off

Trusting in my family first,
I learned—but Oh the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever Alive

Fighting against you, attacking with words,
hatred my weapon inscribed

Fountains of blood each chapter exudes,
keeping you distant—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Stolen Horse

Why try to write like somebody else,
by others passion driven

A watered down copy, trespassing free,
to alien words you’re smitten

A copycat artist who mimics the sounds,
your voice a toast...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In The Looking Glass

I would look through the window at feeble old men
and secretly smirk
and secretly pity

Now the window looks back and its message is clear
that old man is you
and the picture’s not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Call Of Tomorrow

Divorced from my shadow,
estranged from the words

My heart to philander
—new innocence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Breathless

The lungs don’t work
—when the heart is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Longer Asking

There’s a clarity that comes with age,
confusion on the run

The light much brighter deep inside,
no writing on the come

My youth endeavors, drifting lines,
those hedges where I’d hide

Have all been trimmed or taken down,
left nothing to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Born & Bred

Some words forever born inclined,
others bred in shadows

Verse conceived and left unread
—to wander lost and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fortune Of Words

The writing,
compensates itself
in the writer

Every word
an inheritance,
each phrase...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Morphing In Time

Remembering the present,
forgetting the past

Turning into the other
—the moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Twilight Haze

I wandered among the springtime trees,
and in the stillness they reached out

To touch each feeling within my heart,
giving cover to my doubt

My life sequestered as I walk alone,
past memories deeply...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Left To Weather

Raping the sky of its luster,
a new darkness began to imbue

Draining the ocean—taking its salt,
a pillar for Edith renewed

Shearing the top off the mountain,
its crater to hemorrhage and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Until Night

The Genie-us crawled silently out of the old clock,
and climbed up the bookshelves at night

The Genie-us then read from the pages forbidden,
feeling shame with a lusty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Until Darkness

The Genie-us crawled silently out of the old clock,
and climbed up the bookshelves at night

The Genie-us then tore out the forbidden pages,
feeling shame with his lusty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Edge

Did you baptize the moment,
 did you remake the night

Did you give truth a name,
did your secrets escape

Did you forever divide,
leaving zero to burn

Did you dance through the flames
—to the edge of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Divinus

Ambient poetry,
truth on the vine

Words of the moment
—vintage...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

This Moment

How real can you be…
how prescient can you become

How long can the moment last
—to choose or to then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Morrison

In adolescence he created
the myth

That untamed
—devoured...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Spoken Air

Thoughts inflame as feelings stir,
words simmering yet to boil
Unspoken sparks drift through the night,
a pyre still to fan

As heat restores the human soul,
all prodigals return
With hope to melt the frozen dawn,
and free the Poet's...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Blind Ascent

Climbing each rung of the rotting ladder,
my wishes snapped one by one

The beanstalk looming high above,
its vines blocked out the sun

Grounding my desires and aspirations,
like a bird with broken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Glue

The world your editor,
each season your pen

Heartache your publisher,
verse to amend

Days left to punctuate,
nights misconstrued

Memory the binding
—time as the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Words Forever Young

As my body stoops with age,
youth lulls upon the page

Where words forever young,
cry willful to be sung

As daylight quickly passes,
I greet night a friend at last

With memories deeply grained
—reborn in verse...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nisi Poeta

Only a Poet

can stab time in the heart,

to bleed free and eternal

—only a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Backstabber

Are you happy spreading misery,
distrust what you embrace

More joyful when the skies are dark,
than bright on sunny days

Is truth a tool you wield and fling,
a weapon in your hand

Love what looms and threatens most,
to never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Those Minor Epiphanies

He went in for a six-pack,
and came out with a smile

His heart reawakened,
the old lady—a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time's Fortune

How lucky you are…
to be a Poet

The window to tomorrow
left open

All tracks into the past
—to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

She's Gone

Tears from a straw,
heartache from a tumbler

Ice from a memory
—fire from my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Wasting Time

Squandering what you
never had

And what you’ll never ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Marlais

Dying alone on foreign ground,
death gripped his blessed hand

Raging hard across the pond,
Manhattan, his last stand

An oak to fall on alien soil,
all seeds to heaven thrown

His words cast free into the dark,
that ‘Good Night’ now his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Moments Left

The Poet’s real enemy
is time

Alone to struggle
—moments to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The World Rose

The world sneezed,
the demon danced
—the music stopped in time

The world coughed,
the demon choked
—millions now entwined

The world hid,
the demon searched
—new victims running low

The world rose,
the demon dead
—nowhere left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Bemused

Rat-a-tat, Rat-a tat-tat,
the mice crawl through the walls

You hear them best when lights are low,
the cat still yet to call

Rat-a-tat, Rat-a-tat-tat,
straight up and overhead

The world they know—the world you know,
conjoined but never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Back Turned

Refusing to ever
say hello

The coward says...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Surrendering To The Muse

Putting up the white flag,
laying down my gun

Turning my back on fantasy,
projects left undone

Unlike other enemies,
she’s neither front nor back

But lives where only she can go,
where color turns to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Blankets Of Doubt

Ovarian, Breast, Pancreatic, or Lung…
there’s a look that is shared the same

And staring straight into the eyes of time,
all promises gone and reclaimed

Each moment borrowed and leased from your fear,
 the walls crashing one by...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In Search Of The Cream

Is someone profiting on your wishes and dreams,
renaming your parade

Like a thief in the night they steal every wish,
their own life at best a charade

Is someone else cashing the check you just wrote,
to pay for their larcenous...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Keeper Of The Flame

Weaver of dreams,
caretaker of the word

Orator of the heart
—steward of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Dispelled

Always is a long, long time,
today is longer still

The beginning of what can never end,
consciousness distills

Tomorrow is the shortest time,
when looked at from today

And yesterday no time at all,
whose notion drifts...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

What Death Denies

The artist dies again and again,
but his art does not

Bringing new life to the ages,
turning his back on time

The artist cannot last,
but his genius can

 Living inside the spirit
—of what death...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Devil's Son

Off in the distance,
he was whispering my name

What started as a rumor,
audible and plain

My parking meter empty,
the hour glass had run

What life only borrowed,
reclaimed—the devil’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Death In Bloom

It was the 3rd day of the battle,
and thousands lay dying or dead

Lining the edge of the smoke and chaos,
the roses and daisies were spread

The screams in the night were ungodly,
 sounds of cannon fire ruling the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unredeemed

Are you hiding inside your writing,
making it impossible to see what you mean

Camouflaged words based on muddled intent,
to confound, confuse, or mislead

Is it cryptic or gibberish in nature,
your attempt to impress with your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

If, As Emily Said...

Dying is a wild night
and a new road”

Then

Darkness is passion untamed
—on a highway to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

What Every Moment...

What every man would like to say,
and every woman like to hear

What every moment would then embrace
—released to so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Words

Past moments segmented euphoric,
notebook in the back of my jeans”

It used to be a pocketed feeling,
today it’s the air that I breathe

They used to visit when I would invite them,
now they’re my shadow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Awaiting Breath

The incarnation of silence,
sound without tone

Words embody in the night
—crying to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spirit Wings

If you live long enough…
those things you missed
will again return

No longer wrapped
in layers of disguise

But flying on spirit wings
the Archangels have endowed

Bequeathed
to the morning’s sunrise
—your exiting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mr. Bojangles—Dance

The imagery of experience,
the magic of verse

Each word bought and paid for
—to bless or to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Verbal Quicksand

You can’t argue or reason
your way
into transcendence

Sinking deeper
with each formula drawn
—and truism...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Can CEGA

The drum beat of eternity
—keeper of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven's Ear

When the spirit listens
—the heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Three Faces Of I

I chased my selves
down the hallway tonight,
and called them both by name

They stopped and wavered
before looking away,
turning their backs again

Subliminal
gravity captured the space,
attraction thrice...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Voice Now Gone

The night a killer with retinas that burn,
all verses running mad

Fists of silence coming out of the dark,
opening up to grab

Fingers choking the last vocal chord,
strangulation by...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A New Stone

Standing alone
on the altar’s first step,
apprenticeship dethroned

Indentured anew,
my eyes turn inward,
disarmed, but not disowned

A quarter to forever
in the distance ahead,
blank meadows still to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Giving It Up

Give it back to the night,
give it back to the day

Give it back to the moment,
where time goes to pray

Give it back to the future,
give it back to the past

Give it up to the present
—forever to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Hunter

Words of malice, curses flamed,
hiding in the past

No license needed to hunt through time
—the present armed en...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Gabriel's Horn

In the end…
all we have left
is the music

And music,
will be
more than...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Diametrix

Poetry and Political Correctness
—the ultimate...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Reckoning Storm

With eyes that see and ears that hear,
but hearts that look away

Each child unkept—all life bereft,
to rue these mournful...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Pitching Wedge To Hell

The Country Club of walking death,
calls out across the ferns

The 1st hole starts with pain unmatched,
its traps to flame and burn

The 9th hole calls you back to life,
just to send you down...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Poetry Too!

Joni said…
“If I tell you what the song is about,
it won’t be about you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Breath

Debiting the bank of time
—your dream my breath...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Two Fathers

God made me a man…
the devil a poet

To argue with the Almighty
of his methods and plan

God made me a mortal,
but divinely inspired

Two feet on the ground
—flaming the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Current Of Dreams

A river is but a witness,
to what lay along its banks

Carrying forth transcendent dreams,
flowing stillness, giving thanks

A river travels onward,
while buried in its wake

The current freeing motion’s form
—offering...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Only Mental

Can you remember the present,
or only the past

And what of the future,
clairvoyant at last

Are the walls artificial
and the boundaries lame

Is time only mental
—perception to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No-Stalgia

You can’t go back
—to where you’ve never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Prodigal

Today, I fed a horse still wild,
and asked him with my rhyme

To blaze the silver meteor’s trail,
to where the words collide

I filled him with one final verse,
to sharpen my refrain

And mounted for that one last ride
—to go back home...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Anchor's Gone

Clear the decks
and set the helm

A storm approaches,
hatches closed

Drop the main
and raise the jib

The anchor’s gone
—our fate to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Belleza Es Verdad

Passing through its own reflection,
eternity is beauty
—and beauty is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fated Current

Are you the latest one I’ve left alone,
heart Shanghaied—no goodbye

Are you wondering why as questions loom,
the answers high and dry

Were you sure you’d be the only one,
to wade misfortune’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Literary Hourglass

There’s just a set number
of poems to write

And writing the last,
I’m done

To die but alone,
with my words as the pall

Breathless verses
—left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Torches Rage

The past is but a distant flame,
with reasons there disowned

Where fire burns in effigy,
to singe that falsely known

The ages but a candle dim,
its wick burned to the quick

As torches rage from deep within
—all time a kindling...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Defy

Beyond comparison,
they rise when we fall

Uniquely divergent,
to impale and enthrall

No reference or genre,
descriptions confound

 Bowie and Jagger
—alone in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Minus Thine

Hanging like a scapular,
your memory haunts my dreams

You clothe my thoughts in joyous warmth,
my lonely voice to scream…

“I live inside your shadowed love,
afraid new suns will...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

I Charge Within

I put a saddle on the wind,
and rode it through the storm

The bridle placed, the buckled cinch,
the reins, my horse reborn

Inside each stirrup passion spurs,
the present now in hand

Behind whose mane I charge within
—in search of who I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dark Weaving

Clothing the world
in hate and destruction

Shame is the loom
 that weaves...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Baby Cries

The bike broke down,
my money gone,
Beale Street calling
—Memphis in my dreams

The diner’s empty,
last quarter found,
the jukebox playing
—Memphis in my dreams

The waitress smiles,
she’s off at six,
her place a walk
—Memphis in my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nothing More

The Sage cried out these final words
as he rose from where he sat…

“There’s nothing beyond everything
—and everything beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Backhanded

All you can be is all you can be,”
damning with faint praise

A lover, not a girl to wed
—left hand falsely...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Till Fortune...

Blood is thicker than water,
what we had thicker than blood”

All wounds long healed by memory’s salve,
divined from up above

Our bonding copper wire,
wrapped round a thousand...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Smashing The Mirror

Do you wilt in someone
else’s shadow

Do you fawn in someone
else’s praise

Do you rise in someone
else’s dawn

Do you fly with someone
else’s wings

Can you break the chains
that hold you

Can you smash the mirror
of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fire & Ice

Reading poetry to enhance your own,
beguiling
at the least

An intention maybe well inclined,
but it’s bread
without the yeast

Only fire and ice can make the Bard,
to burn and melt...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lines Impearled

Is a poem ever really done,
can the last word not begin

The Angels voting lines impearled
each phrase into a hymn

Is a poem ever given back,
to whom the words behold

Each letter turned into a string,
—a harp of heaven’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Your Soul To Wed

Writing outside the body,
in the control room of the mind

The blueprints of our D.N.A.,
left for me to find

The root cause of the madness,
‘where thoughts and feelings meet’

No blood yet spilled, no demons killed,
free will lay sound...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Washing Over

Moments in the present,
hours in the past,
wishes in the future
—none of them to last

Seduction by the penny,
heartbreak by the pound,
rivers flowing memory
—waterfalls...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Eisai

Who you are
and
What you are
and
Where your are
and
When you are
is
Why you are
and
All you are
and
All you are
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Before Tomorrow

To love, to hate,
fruition waits

Which mood describes,
which mood defies

Those things you feel,
 those things you say

Before tomorrow
—beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A New Ending

Will you die,
pretending to be someone you’re not

Will you live,
defending that someone you are

Will you remember
the last thing you tried to forget

Will you return
—to begin a new ending...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lyrical Kill Shot

My words are a saxophone,
my phrases a drum

My stanzas a keyboard,
my rhyming a gun

The Muse is my bullet,
the readers a shield

The darkness my target
—its bullseye...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fate Will Say...

The Wicked Flee When None Pursueth,”
proverbs tells us so

The righteous stay in judgment’s light,
to harvest what’s been sown

Those prodigal delinquent souls,
that life has cast...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Syntactxx

Letter to letter once estranged,
they mate in open air

Copulants of a thought unloved,
 vowels conceived in pairs

An alphabetic orgy,
the first word falls in place

Darkness changing into light
—all silence to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Dethroned

Does memory store from front to back,
or more like side to side

Do childhood dreams seem closer now,
than yesterdays goodbye

Does memory scorn all month and year,
a dimension of its own

Remembering best what matters most
—defying time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

That Voice You Hear

Is the fire escape of love
still open
does it go both up and down
will it rescue you from the flames
of possession
promising only exit
never refuge from the heat
Is the iron railing molten
as you step out on the landing
is the air too hot to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Only You

I know what you are,
but only you know who that is

I know what you said,
but only you know what that means

I know how it looks,
but only you know how it feels

I know when you’re missing
—but only you know when you’re...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

T-r-a-p-p-e-d

Running from everywhere,
 nowhere to go

Your mask in place
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nme

The enemy of my enemy
—masquerading as my...

by kurt philip behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

With Every Dawn

Wiping the tears from eternity’s past,
placing the future on ice

New memories lie frozen, suspended in time
—to melt with each morning’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Essentia Omnis

I don’t believe in Jesus,
I don’t believe in Buddha,
I don’t believe in Allah,
I don’t believe in Zeus

I don’t believe in Fairy Tales,
I don’t believe in Santa,
I don’t believe in Unicorns,
I don’t believe Dr....

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Turned Around

The wheel of life,
the wheel of death,
Involution breaks their hold

To turn our
consciousness inward
—and directly know the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spoiled Grapes

Those who never take advice,
insist on preaching high

To offer wine that never aged
—from empty barrels...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Deaf Ear

Too craven to take his own advice,
he stumbled over time

A distant echo of what he proclaimed
—an alien...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Higher Ground

I refuse to talk with bigots,
does that apply to you

And freely open up my mind,
to greet the world anew

Discriminatory and hateful barbs,
divide and tear apart

What poetry tries its best to mend,
inside an honest...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dreams Wade In

You filled my eyes to overflowing,
and quenched my thirsting heart

You poured your vision into my soul,
beatific to impart

All banks you flooded as dreams wade in,
and currents gently surge

My spirit safe within your flow,
re-baptized to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

New Hope

Tears well shed rewash our dreams
—of nightmares filled with...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Yes, I Mean You

Scientific theory,
modernity’s ego trip

Its pay grade maxed, its mirror cracked
—empirical...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Divinification

The Universe,
 imagination

God…
existence Thine

Each Soul,
His essence passing through

Individuality...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Siamese Endowment

Keeping it to yourself,
while giving it away

Only poetry is split,
and structured this way

Keeping it to yourself,
then passing the torch

A deft oxymoron,
as light is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Most Convenient Truth

Where you stand tomorrow,
based on where you sit today

Your principles determined
 by what you get

The ground below you moving,
feet shuffling back and forth

Saying this and saying that
—remembering to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Rest In Peace 'Will Rogers

I see someone I love,
in everyone I meet

The wellspring eternal
—its blessings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lost Or Found

I write prose so I can write poetry,
and poetry so I can write prose

Never prose that calls itself poetry
—or poetry that’s lost within...

by Kurt philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mirage

The next time I see you
—you better be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Punk' Tuation

I hate Periods and like most Commas,
a Full Stop turns me off

Quotation Marks I can endure,
but Semi-colons not

I love a good Exclamation Point,
all Question Marks so so

But my favorite is the Em Dash
—replacing most of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Waiting For Me

Still looking for that lost back road…
a lifetime spent to find

The one that’s waiting just for me,
to travel it sublime

It leads to my beginning,
every twist and every bend

To take me back inside myself
—all travel there to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Camel Threads

No off position
on the genius switch

No light
to then burn out

No cracks to form
on Leonardo’s bronze

No Frazier Ali
rout

The expectations
stretch beyond

What humanity
can span

The eye of the needle,
the camel...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Only A Tiger (Nursery Rhyme #48)

Only a Tiger will approach a Tiger,
Lions never do

To give him pause and make him think,
“What will this Tiger do”

All other beasts he rests cocksure,
a meal they will become

But faced with one of his own kind
—to stay or then to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tomorrow, I'll Get It Right

Drunk in Barstow,
waiting for a waitress,
who gets off at 2:00 a.m.

The crap game cleaned me,
two bums on the pool table,
 snoring like a train

Drunk in Barstow,
third time this month,
I just never seem to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Love Surrounds

Persuading you with
my verses

Never convincing you
with my yarn

Your heartstrings twist
in braided strands

To mend my spirit,
darned

All shouts have turned
to whispers

New melodies
resound

A phrase to dance
inside your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vietnam

Some came home…
but never came back

Some came back…
but never came home

Caught between
forever

And what forever
—had...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Question

To be,
Or not to be
A Poet…

Who’s to say,
Who’s to know
—who’s to really...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tomorrow, I'll Get It Right

Drunk in Barstow,
waiting for a waitress,
who’s working till 2:00 a.m.

The crap game cleaned me,
two bums on the pool table,
 snoring louder than a train

Drunk in Barstow,
for the seventh time this month,
I just never seem to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Thy Name Is Death

The wound bleeds free
—that kills the angry...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Greeting The Dawn

If I could start back over fresh,
a songwriter I’d be

The words inside the music,
in joyful harmony

If I could greet the dawn again,
I’d pick up the guitar

And strum my way into the night
—toward that distant...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In The Wind

God created distance,
so the wounded could go home

The searchers and the dreamers,
the ones born bound to roam

He then laid down the open plain,
below a towering sky

And set his voice into the wind
—for pilgrims such as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Footnote Of Dreams

If not in memory’s service,
do we still write the words

To leave the past unledgered
—and by token...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fallen Angel

Silver lining,
 pouch of gold

Last remittance,
 past unsold

Blessing tendered,
pearl gateway plain

Fallen Angel
—redemption...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Loading Door #1

A truck driver passes through
a hole in the sky

His rig self inclusive,
his load staying dry

Eighteen wheels of redemption,
the manifest signed

Delivery as promised
—his docking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Never Explain

Once I tell you what it means,
the cell walls isolate

Other meanings locked inside
—no hope of an...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Truth's Quarry

Does your writing have a time stamp,
or an expiration date

Does it spoil in the open air,
does it falter at the gate

Will children still remember,
when they have grandchildren of their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lover's Mirage

You left me before I found you,
never saying why

Your shadow my only memory
—on the threshold of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Indian Sign

You never want to look your art
directly in the eye

For fear of having it look away
—you orphaned bye and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Death By Association

I’ve yet to meet two artists
who really like each other

The cobra and the mongoose,
locked in a mortal embrace

They say the same prayers,
as they swear the same allegiance

While hating what the other does
—and who the other...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Bribing The Devil

Leaving nothing to his children but cowardly shame,
his back turned toward the light

His memory the captor of a traitorous scheme,
capitulating through the fight

His legacy broken, his endowment recalled,
his reputation scorched and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

What Once Was...

I carry deep inside myself,
a man once big and strong

Who stood alone against the wind,
that blew both right and wrong

I carry in my heart and mind,
those things that age inures

Reminding of what once was mine
—as memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mariah Calls

Writing outside the audience,
applause means something more

Writing the words inherent,
oblivious to the score

Writing outside the audience,
and critical acclaim

Writing for time eternal
—Mariah calls your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Your Memory

Now, more than ever,
my thoughts regale,
the years as yeast,
new spirits rise

Now, more than ever,
my woods on fire,
old feelings simmer,
my breath to stoke

Now, more than ever,
I walk alone,
my words returning,
time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Own

When I was young,
my edges raw,
my feelings open,
my thoughts my own

Now that I’m old,
those edges scarred,
those feelings transient
—those thoughts my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

True Cost

Forgetting to remember,
destiny sold
is eternity shamed

Forgetting to remember,
letters well placed
still call out your name

Forgetting to remember,
providence anointed
is innocence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Captus

Sentenced to the future,
for those sins unpunished now

Caught inside a fatal moment
—breaking sacred...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fleeting Epiphany

The idea of God,
eternal, complete

The knowledge of God
—elusive at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Xcommunicado

Suicide,
the death of the self

Consciousness martyred
—bathwater...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Wealth Beyond...

Richer than a platinum mountain,
more wealthy than a Sheik

The words I’m gifted lie bejeweled,
a fortune by their weight

No King or Titan, Earl endowed,
could match my treasured chest

Each word an ingot, phrase a bar
—my verse the Lord’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

"No Man Is An Island"

You speak to my spirit with logic,
I answer your mind from my soul

With words in two disparate languages,
our discourse to never be whole

Your left hemisphere sealed in a vacuum,
when my right hemisphere comes to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Each Day

Buying into the future,
without mortgaging the past

Each day a new indemnity
—a present made to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

This Moment

A tumbleweed Poet,
Mariah’s delight

The wind for a mistress,
the future in flight

A rambling Sage
with a heart full of why

Forgetting the past
—this moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Perdita

Destiny sold
—eternity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Joy

To children,
time is lost

The moment
set free

The instant
sublime

Joy
—the only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Mirrored Lens

Epistemic Humility,
the world adjusts its crown

Reality filtered through the lens
of who looks, when, and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

An Echo Divine

I do and don’t believe in God,
at exactly the same time

A paradox like the Trinity,
an unwritten verse that rhymes

I feel him inside me with every step,
while knowing he’s not there

I carry his joy within my heart,
though reason not to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Equus Speaks

Not what’s written…
but what’s seen
and felt
—then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Fate...

On the back side of deliverance,
our paths fated to cross

Your road going toward the light,
my direction all but lost

You stopped and turned toward me,
looking deeply in my eyes

Pity mixed with latent fear
—my fate so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Mark Of Cain

Designated driver,
your road to end at last

The choice was yours, mistake inured,
your future now your past

Designated driver,
those high beams in your eyes

A haunting name, the lasting blame
—that night your dreams...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Outside The Womb

My ego lost virginity,
upon the critics throne

Pregnant with doubt ectopic,
its embryo disowned

With labored forced delivery,
and fetus left unsired

 A chastised unwed mother
—giving birth to words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond

True poets are poets
before picking up a pen

True poets are poets
before opening their mouths

True poets are poets
before their words are enshrined

True poets are poets...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Those Things...

To doubt what you doubt,
but know what you know

The difference inherent,
its fire aglow

To wish what you wish for,
but feel what you feel

Knowing and feeling
—those things that are...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Safe Harbor

Leaving behind excuses,
the reasons close at hand

No longer distracted by the ism’s of truth,
or what protocol demands

Living outside the fences,
no longer looking in

The horizon waiting as my dreams set sail
—safe harbor there...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

First Poem

One brisk Saturday morn,
I left the house with glee

To find myself within the woods,
in perfect...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Deep In The Heartache

Staying up for three days
inside of one night,
the walls come crashing in

Compression imploding,
my mind exploding,
all memory suffering

Each hour like three,
as day becomes night,
the reaper at the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Charlatan Of Verse

An empty voice with naught to say,
a barrel hollow born

To spout and spew, pontificate,
a hairless sheep forlorn

With lines recopied, often stole,
released, his name to bear

A charlatan of spoken verse
—embezzled words to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Surrendering To Love

All passion enslaved to Aphrodite,
her chains beyond silver or gold

Where time will forever surrender,
 to love—never purchased or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Love Demands

Damned when we do, damned when we don’t,
the end works out the same

As love demands its pound of flesh
—the lion never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Borderline

I dare you
not to read the words,
I double-dare you true

To live outside
a sentenced life
—your spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Until Then

Until you really love someone,
you don’t know what you’ll do

The old rules self-abated,
priorities renewed

Until you really love someone,
you won’t see past yourself

Your life upturned, your role reversed
—your soul to someone...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

If It Ain't Worth Remembering

Patches on the quilt of life,
letters sew not rend

Memory darning time to time,
future warmth depends

Words left tattered, words that bind,
 ragged breath portends

To stitch it once and have it last
—tomorrow on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Sky Opens

Like an exiting wind,
voices leave from within

As the feelings impart,
verbal memories embark

A last spoken refrain,
to escape unrestrained

As the sky opens wide
—Heaven's breath to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Devil's Torch

You’re desperately lost,
 writing your way into the madness

Each word a false beacon,
your hopes to decry

You’re desperately lost,
searching the caves of your memory

Delusion the caretaker,
your verses to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sleeping Dogs

North Jersey woman,
South Jersey heat

Your past in abeyance
—dark memories to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In The Distance

Wishes from the mountaintop,
dreamers from beyond

Shadows in the wind
—trapped in memory’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Death Comes Near

On a silver platter
of broken dreams

Your nature changes,
as death comes near

The buffet wanton,
a dessert of fright

Served incarnate
—café of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Tomorrow Of Today

Waiting for time to catch its breath,
I wrote the words unheard

My verses most unwelcome
—the future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Unrequited

Charging to the front,
my words stay behind,
an anchor in the drifting sand

To live past today,
to prod and remind
—what time unrequited...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Before The Silence

Terminal poetry…
death by the word

Selling a heartbeat
for every breath

Giving up life
for each new phrase

Buried
—inside what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Till Lightning Splits

Thy self a grand impostor,
what other people see

A bark that hides what fate ingrains,
a cover that deceives

It’s others held opinion,
that pulp you hide behind

Till lightning splits your trunk in two
—the roots left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Slimmer Than None

Arguing with the Muse,
spirit abused

Arguing with the Muse,
always refused

Arguing with the Muse,
soul to confuse

Arguing with the Muse
—destined to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

With The Dawn

No matter what you say
No matter what you do
It only matters that you care
And one plus one leaves two

Proof beyond the pudding
Truth beyond the facts
Whose promise rises with the dawn
As love keeps coming...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Feelings Sacred

I don’t write for you,
I write for me

To dream each dream,
in darkness freed

All gifts unwrapped,
my table set

My voice as spoken,
no regrets

I don’t speak for you,
I speak for me

The trails I’ve bloodied,
scars...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nothing And No One

Nothing to believe in,
nothing to hold dear

No one to say what you can’t say,
the waters all but clear

Nothing to believe in,
and that includes yourself

You live in fear the truth will rise
—an iceberg your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Non Grata

I’ve made a veritable art form
out of ignoring others

Taken it to the highest level,
its crown made out of thorns

Turning my back and looking away,
denying their importance

A world where they do not exist
—no insult could hurt...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hail Athena

Painting with words,
sculpting with sound

Letters to dance
—spoken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Torch And Burn

Masquerading in a church full of dreams,
all parishioners in their pews

The preacher straightens his mask and starts,
a sermon old renewed

Hellfire and brimstone come roaring out,
 words to torch and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Entre

Admission of weakness,
  beginning transcendence

The cry of an Angel
—a welcoming...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fortune Cast

Writing my own ticket…
a coupon from the past

The numbers all decoded,
my gate approaching fast

Walking down the gangway,
my seat by fortune cast

The pilot sitting next to me
—the flight plan mine at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Caporal la Violette

Victim of format,
prisoner of rhyme

Inmate of vision
—exile...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Glass Houses

Closeted belief…
 atheist’s disguise

Slings and arrows,
 boomerang’s surprise

Empty of graces,
desperate to fill

Shot through the heart
—their spirits to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Three Words

If you could lock up three words
to keep forever,
that were yours and yours alone

What three would you choose
that were not ‘I Love You,’
your heart to save and own

Three magical words
to live within,
now yours forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Living The Dream

Ordinary moments
for ordinary people,
living inside the dream

Like comfortable shoes,
a dog that won’t leave you,
treasures to esteem

Ordinary moments
for ordinary people,
the rest to scratch and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever Calls

A gathering of Angels,
a welcoming hymn

Escape and deliverance
—call from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Passing Beyond

I’m going to watch you die…
but before I do
I will foretell your story

The story of the White Bird
The Great Mystery
and the Silver Seed

The White Bird carries
in its talons
the Silver Seed of all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Mjolnir

Hammering the dark silence,
Thor bludgeons the night

Releasing with thunder
—a storm gods...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

What Goes Around...

Clapton’s first three chords,
 his last three chords,
 my words have done the same

Verses once muddled,
distant and skewed,
now thunder down like rain

The syllables left
are short and pointed,
their edges razor...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven's Gate

Science…
mankind’s great attempt
—to become...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

...Or Not To Be

Full time poet,
part time novelist

Full time storyteller,
part time bard

The difference greater
than words will imply

Hemispheric divergence
—the why and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

All The King's Horses

Parenting is now a
full contact sport

No lines demarcated,
no rules to enforce

The children still babies,
the adults still kids

Diapering the future
—attached at the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Acid Test

Until you truly answer the question,
“Why do I write poetry”

You’ll never really wed the verse,
—your copyright...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Harlot Of Love

He asked her why she acted so,
her answer was “Why not”

He asked her why her mood was vile,
she said “That’s all I've got”

He asked her then about their love,
gone missing and in doubt

She answered back while looking down,
a whisper not a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

When Voices Call

Head unbowed,
heart impaled

Memory old,
Celtic tales

Allegiance sworn,
 fealty burned

Voices call
—freedom...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Epiphany's Light

If only genius could be contagious,
like chicken pox or flu

If only brilliance could be transferred,
like a bank draft overdue

If only insight could be replayed,
like a Mozart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Boat Rocks

Nothing more defended
than the status quo

To protect and covet,
never let go

Attacked by outsiders,
heels to dig in

Rocking the boat
—water...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Chance

Dead to himself,
he stepped on the ice

Cracks beginning
to form

Transcendence rejected,
skating a path

In search of time
forlorn

Crossing each memory,
forgiveness in sight

Each step,
a weighted cost

Redemption melting,
 all hope in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nothingness Calls

Leading from today
into the past

Present state of mind
destroyed

The future an orphan,
waiting disowned

Hell’s pathway
—to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven Waits

Counting spaces between the notes,
the music came alive

The melody deepened, the band on fire,
all bees had left the hive

Breathing in one fast refrain,
my lungs too full to stop

An Angel melts his pearl baton,
the Sirens blazing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

With Tears

He who cries the loudest,
suffers the most guilt

The eyes of destiny staring back
 —the past with tears...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fried Oysters

When I got to Heaven,
God was gone

His desk cleaned out,
the Angels pawned

Not one scant sign,
he was ever there

Eviction notice,
pinned to his chair

My ride had left,
my ticket torn

No place to stay,
my hopes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Words Remain

In the company of Poets,
I make my bed

In the company of Poets,
I rest my head

In the company of Poets,
my dreams congeal

In the company of Poets,
my heart revealed

In the company of Poets,
my thoughts are...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Opening Night

Auditioning for life,
 a one-act play

Rehearsing my part,
to leave or to stay

The audience waiting,
the stage has been set

Opening night,
 my birth or my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Enough

I’m young enough
and old enough

And smart enough
and dumb enough

And rich enough
and poor enough

To laugh enough
and cry enough

But fast enough
and slow enough

To guess enough
and know enough

To take enough
and give...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

One More Smile

Have I lived long enough,
have I said what I came to say

Is my spirit now to rest,
has the toll-way back been paid

Have I lived long enough,
being willful, righting wrongs

A last heartache twice forgiven
—one more smile before I’m...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Wasted Breath

Bad prose masquerading as poetry,
darkness posing as light

Words stacked on top of words uttered in vain
—narcissists...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

So Help Me God

Religion has too many givens,
the takeaways few, far between

Questioning ravaged, intelligence savaged
—the mind left to wander and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Verse My Heart

My prose becoming painful,
poetry yet a joy

Explaining has deterred me,
rhyme a favorite toy

Sentences locked and muted,
as couplets run and play

New paragraphs unwritten
—as verse my heart does...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beneath The Masque

Embracing the myth,
I hide deep within

More Devil than Savior,
aboriginal sin

Excuses my sacraments,
grace bartered for lies

Judgment internal
—redemption...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Spirit Pure

It hurt so much it robbed her soul,
and drove her cross the line

The men she knew, the men she loved,
the pain thought once sublime

The last man in, the last man out,
now done with men for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Bringing The Curtain Down

I offered you everything;
you took it all

Leaving me nothing
—no last curtain...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

As She's Leaving

Don’t you love her as she’s leaving,
her memory still in place

The times she lied, the times you cried,
vacant and displaced

Don’t you love her as she’s leaving,
the pain her mission bell

Tolling far into the distance
beyond heaven—beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Portentia

Pieces of immortality,
tinctures of rhyme

Living inside the moment
—wholly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lost Moments

Wasting time,
life’s greatest pleasure

Wasting time,
life’s greatest pain

Wasting time,
beyond all measure

Wasting time
—bittersweet...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Two Times

Sometimes,
you have to leave to come back

Sometimes,
the line needs to go slack

Sometimes,
the loss is more to be gained

Sometimes,
the past—twice...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Enchante

Magic passes through you,
though never yours to own

Taking you beyond yourself
—gifted spell...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Wisdom's Tree

Fruitions seed is larger still,
get out your watering can

Fifty past one hundred years,
to shade what light began

Wisdom’s tree the hardest wood,
 millennium to rise

Truth ingrained, its bark unstained
—transcendence once...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Against The Wind

Embracing indecision,
abandonment confronts you

My branches sharp and pointed,
my roots all buried deep

I pity your reluctance,
as the forest casts you lonely

A single tree in meadows vast
—alone against the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In Remembrance

If you say a man’s name,
he’s forever alive

Come hell or highwater,
the reasons abide

Losing someone’s greatness,
losing part of our own

Entombed in remembrance
—shared forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Railway To Hell

Everyone else has gotten off,
how long am I to stay?

The train unstationed, tender gone,
its engine writhed in pain

Did I miss my stop on the journey down?
“an express” the porter screamed

All light afire, ticket burnt
—satanic nightmare...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Borrowing Time

The air I breathe,
the blood that flows

The light that shines,
the voice that knows

The question asked,
the answer stoned

Tomorrow sold
—today on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dead Reckoning

The devil in the details
—hell the final...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Rising Above

Poetry has no gender,
it seeks a higher line

Never selling out so cheaply
—as the masses would...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Strong Winds

Cowardice often hides behind
  intelligence

“Until the strong winds of conviction
  —blow it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dreamsleep

If wishes were dreams
—eternity could...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

First Or Last

The present in the future,
the future in the past

Each moment with a choice to make
—starting first or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Calling Me Near

With time,
the beginning gets close to the end

With time,
I no longer need to pretend

With time,
the feelings stand on their own

With time,
the reasons are best left alone

With time,
the music alone mine to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Own Betrayal

My voice is explicit…
“You will never know me”

But each word is my Judas
—exposed and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tenets Of Honor

Verbal contracts…
  commerce of indemnity

Trading intention
—marketplace...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Engulfed

All pretenders drowning slow,
lungs to fill with every breath

Casted off amongst the waves,
nothing spoken to redress

Treading water, spewing lies,
legs to flail in wasted states

Choking from each word unsaid
—trailing death within my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Devil Laughs

An arrow from the darkness…
rejection finds its mark

The sharpened edge of jealousy,
its point straight through the heart

The bow retracts in shamefulness,
its string left slack and loose

One shot was made, a cursed fate
—the devil laughs...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Greatest Harp

My pen is like a blues riff,
not always on the note

I bend within the moment,
new feelings reach for hope

A eulogy remastered,
the fire that he fed

The Mojo dancing with the Muse,
Marine Band his to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Long Walk

Between his tent and his horse
—a man divines his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A

In its grip,
each bone to chafe and grind

All joints,
regifted vestibules of pain

Motion stalls,
as swelling wraps each limb

Sleep the angry victim
—time’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

What Tomorrow Brings

In Spring I searched through rosy playgrounds fair,
and kept the meadows secret within my heart

To wed the summer’s final wish to fall surprise
—buried in the leaves of what tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The First Cut The Deepest

Finally hearing your own voice…
don’t ever, ever, ever
—edit it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tick, Tick, Tick

Knowing the answer,
excuses imbue

The right thing for others,
 never following through

A feigned double standard,
the past in pursuit

Reckoning scheduled
—payment en...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Harlem To Cannes

Those living in Harlem
want to move to Midtown

The people in Midtown,
to the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side,
to the Long Island Shore

The Long Island Shore,
to Aspen or Vail

Aspen or Vail,
to the Champs...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Darkness To Light

It wells up inside me,
but words will not come

 I reach for them desperate,
the mood zero sum

My insides are shaking,
all peace is recalled

The rumblings foreboding,
complacency falls

My mind is locked down,
 my speech has gone...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Neither A Borrower Nor...

Collaborative Poetry…
give me a break

Words borrowed or lent,
the Muse to abate

What’s not in your memory,
what’s not in your soul

Can never be bartered, rented
—or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Words On The Run

Poetic intention,
hiding in Prose

Misplaced and misspoken,
as every Bard knows

A narrative run on,
words littered about

Neither beauty nor truth
—masked in self...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vitam Et Mortem

We are what we do;
we are what we say

As day becomes night,
and night becomes day

We are twice begotten;
we are twice betrayed

Forgiveness in hiding
—redemption...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spoken Free

Flying off the written page,
words leave their script behind

An inked stained palette of regret,
dark figures to remind

Voices soaring up and up,
released in open air

Imprisoned verses spoken free
—eternity to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dream Weaver

Forty years shopworn yet still taut,
the past a seamstress rare

Her words reknitted, stitched and purled
—to dress a future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vainglory

The curse of public opinion,
feigned history of the truth

Generations of self interest,
freedom—time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Verbatim

I’m a Poet
—I need no...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tasting The Past

The rusting of years,
the flavor of time

Calling you back
—patina...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fast & Loose

Rumors,
the carpet of deception

The threshold of hearsay...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sentenced Glory

Writing…
not the beginning of verse,
but the end

Grabbing life by the throat,
the birth of a thought
 —whose story begins

Captive together,
they walk word by word
toward the jury

Scars and accolades,
joy and strife
—in sentenced...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Antigone

Expressions of grief,
the eyes of a child

An ending in sight
—all nature...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Page

Life’s an anthology…
death written once

The chapter elusive
—last page on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unadulteration

The purity of surprise
—new moments set...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fading Into Memory

This morning,
my body stopped in
to say goodbye

Thanking me
for the joy

Forgiving me
for the pain

Fading into
 memory
—one last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Point Counterpoint

No mountain more imposing
than an idea

No gun more deadly
than intent

No cruelty more powerful
than love

No lie more convincing
—than the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Running Out

Killer of hope,
seasons of denial

Perdition in the wind
—damnation on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Last Fancy Dancer

Tis a witch out of season,
on the seventh day

And you hear reasons chanting,
while running away

from you
from you

In her brew stirs an answer,
where memories lay

And the last fancy dancer
burns, looking to play

with you
with...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Future Bought

A PhD in emotion and feel,
licentiate of what lives within

Professor of imagery, doctor of will,
a Saint with a penchant for sin

Explorer of evil with devils to hunt,
the fire burns liquid and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Death's Tribute

With memory escaping,
 you stare down the hall

From that place where you hang,
 last nail in the wall

You once were a sovereign,
you used to be real

What death left in tribute
—your portrait...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Leaving Again

We’re born,
as we start dying

We change,
while remaining the same

We search,
neglecting to find

We return
—while leaving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Timeless Things

Locking up a feeling,
its key now mine to own

Flashing back a memory,
its reborn image shown

Wooing that one lover,
whose vow unbroken lasts

Time the evil mistress
—these timeless things...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Emperor's Mask

It’s easy to hide behind words,
with the truth left abandoned and stark

It’s easy to hide behind words,
with your feelings sharp pointed and dark

It’s easy to hide behind words,
when the emperor buys you new...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Father

Once you had arms
that held me so tight

Once you had legs
that stood up for right

Once you had eyes
that could see in the dark

Once your strong hands
plotted courses to chart

Once we would walk
and the birds would...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dylan's Gone

Dying alone on foreign ground,
death grips his blessed hand

Never choosing time or place,
uncharted
—the Angels plan

An oak to fall on alien soil,
all seeds to heaven thrown

His words cast free to light the dark,
that ‘Good Night’
—now his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Welsh Leftovers

I swallowed hard the feelings scorned,
to finish off my plate

But filled I was in sated form
a glutton postulate

I bit off more than I could chew,
with meat still on the bone

My stomach full of fiery barbs
—leftovers...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dogma Incarnate

Religion in practice…
arms length from God
Close enough to see,
never to touch

Single lens focus,
vision for sale
Dogma as deity
—conscription at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hidden Embers

To hide yourself in public,
and turn your back on fame

Choosing thence to be alone
—the fire without the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Uneasy Lies The Head

Eternally poetic,
terminally bound

Musing uncourted
—death for a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Numbers Fail

In Newtonian Mechanics,
the future is the past

What lags behind, what sits ahead,
the Jester only laughs

A one for one relation,
its truth in bas-relief

The numbers hail, the numbers fail
—empirical...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Grains Of Sand

A gold mine under a closed saloon,
empty bottle on the bar

While we wait and while we hope,
old memories travel far

Its sidewalks float with the summer rain,
nuggets rising through the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Albert's Folly

Particles in the void,
memories in the stream

Lovers in the mist
—time caught...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Pigeon's Hole

Science lays the trap,
enlightenment the bait

Tempting with its lies
—eternity a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Breaking Through

An unbridled affection for writing,
an unfettered attempt at the truth

An unbending rebut of excuses
—a Sage lost in the promise of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Alone

I pointed my nose into the wind,
my eyes along the skyline

Waiting for a signal,
the past to throw a bone

I placed my ear unto the ground,
listening for redemption

Tasting all the empty years,
bereft of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Heart Revived

Reconnecting with the melody,
my life fell into place

Those pieces that were missing,
back home—a saving grace

That spot inside most empty,
the one I tried to hide

Music filled above the rim,
with joy—my heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Politice Rectam

Married to correctness,
divorced from the ideal

The truth becomes enigma,
veracity to steal

Facts bury in self interest,
the cheaters run and hide

All trysts a fated exercise
—philandering with...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Excommunicado

Death to ethical morality…
 —the secularization of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Trapped Within Myself

With words to seal my coffin shut,
I said my last goodbye

To journey down and re-reflect,
on what I said, and why

It’s quiet in my earthen grave,
no light to mark the time

My flesh to rot with bones exposed
—finality...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Destiny Within

I bent my will into the wind,
a final last rebuttal

And felt it rage against my soul,
in anger that was total

I pressed again, and then again,
and waited for an answer

It blew back hard, and harder still,
its force a rabid...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Marker Abandoned

A final remembrance,
stuck in the ground
an unspoken milepost,
lost to be found

Standing defiant,
with time as the judge
a marker abandoned
—memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond The Grave

It’s all about being remembered,
a legacy deeper than blood

What death tries to steal, your words to reveal,
reborn
—on the wings of a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Old Souls

Old souls know about money,
and run from it more than the rest

They’ve witnessed the toll it exacts,
they’ve witnessed the joy it rejects

An old soul lives on a shoestring,
tied to something that money can’t...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Freebird

A Poets gathering…
party of one

The darkness invited
—words zero...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Summit

When you’ve been to the top of the mountain
—you can relive the view from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Flow

Silence…
  the channel to my stream
 
Thoughts…
  the stream to my creek

Words…
  the creek to my river

Music…
 the river to my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond Today

You’ll never get to paradise,
by riding on a mule

You’ll never lose the Jester,
by acting like a fool

You’ll never shed the darkness,
by hiding from the light

You’ll never see beyond today
—entrapped in mirrored...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

As Twilight Calls

Before dying alone,
our choices define us

To love and be loved
—to care and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Last Setting Sun

He defeated his family…
this battle was won

The war still in doubt,
a General shunned

The casualties lingered,
 fatalities mount

Old reasons to fester,
in spite of the count

His Grandmother’s death,
the last coup de...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Hourglass

I wish that I had cared enough,
to mention once or twice

That what I wanted now has changed,
old virtues turned to vice

The past left misbegotten,
and future long disclaimed

The present what I’m running from
—its hourglass in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Blue Dawn

If consciousness is emergent,
where is it emerging from

The dualists say… the naturalists say…
but answers just won’t come

As the blue hour seeds the dawn,
before the new arriving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Way Out

The journey kindled,
hopes ablaze,
a future now unseen

Moments of ecstacy,
moments of grief,
lost ashes inbetween

Cowling on fire,
time a slow burn,
the stationmaster...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Trap Door

The only way to escape the jungle
—is in self...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sighting In

It’s hard to ask the right questions,
their answers easier made

The hammer cocked, the truth in sight
—through crosshairs query...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Behind The Veil

Much of the time we’re faking it,
the airs we put on most false

Impressions made and set in jade,
green onions the main course

Our friends change out with stature,
as silver turns to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Twin Peaks

My right brain writes the Poetry,
my left brain writes the Prose

Separate but together
—each voice the other...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Verbal Homicide

Poetry in judgment,
condemner of expression

Poetry in judgment
—killer of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Falling Short

He should have loved his children
more than himself

He should have shared his dreams
with somebody else

He should have left a trail
that a blind man could find

He should have been more than just
 —one of a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Rebirth

The older I get,
the younger I become

Each word a rebirth
—my dreams to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever Lost

I tried and tried to tell you,
but I was lost in mixed emotion

I tried to not offend your spirit,
as I wandered looking for a home

I tried to make you understand,
the hard edges would soon come...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Buffalo Jump

Cars line the highways
with their broken life inhabitants,
coffined tributes to a last wish that got away,
android druids in mock procession
—racing toward the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Till Dawn

Is a promise left unspoken,
the breath that holds the key

Unlocking what the twilight brings
—till dawn can set us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In The Pudding

The best of Poets don’t explain,
their truth the readers judge

The best of Poets to remain,
what time will hate
—or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Nets Are Down

Without rhyme,
the words fade into the mist

Without rhyme,
the verse so begotten

Without rhyme,
all passages blow with the wind

Without rhyme
—so quickly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Elephant's Ears

They say to forgive and forget…
in spite of the damage they’ve done

A blessing sublime, someone better than I,
could do both—I though neither...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Golden Egg

The world is an oven
we live in

With each scorching,
its temperature grows

Unable to stop,
hands fall off the clock

Left roasting
—goose cooking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Math Murder

Is science the killer
of intuition

Can feelings so easily
be dispelled

The numbers unchained,
math murder proclaimed

Our souls and our spirits
—to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Intellectual AIDS

Academic Immune Deficiency,
the intellect under attack

Those powered to know, ivory towers enthroned,
dialectic—its meaning...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Double-Edge

Humanities coin two sided,
on the front eternal life

On the back annihilation
—on its edge we balance...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Delilah's Cry

How many Poems must I write,
to set my spirit free

How many sunsets must I watch,
to win my souls reprieve

How many women must I love,
to make Delilah cry

How many visions must I chase
—to catch the last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Future-Past

Writing not for current ears,
writing for a thousand years

Writing not for time undone,
writing for the zero-sum

Writing not for love or hate,
writing not to legislate

Writing neither first nor last,
writing for the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Devil Muse

The tyranny of inspiration
—a whip cracking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Inherent Devotion

The jet fuel of perception
 is fear

The reasoning behind logic
is doubt

The heartbeat of affection
is love

Their connection inherent
—marriage...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Baby Born

(short version)

Science wants to father
—what nature mothers best


(long version)

Atoms in the void,
voices in the wind

Long to be connected,
where do we begin

Science wants to father,
what nature mothers...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Music Began

Not in comparison
to anyone else

(and)

Not as a reference
to anything else

(neither)

Judging nor judged,
the music began

(being)

Uniquely created
—the essence of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Baby's Laugh

She brought flowers to the garden,
water to the pond
Fresh stripes to line the zebra’s back,
and melody to song

A background to the rising sun,
brush strokes to the paint
New breath to hold the baby’s laugh
—and love to cure the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Therefore I Am

If all ancient philosophy
is a footnote to Plato

Then all modern thought
—is a tribute to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Foretelling

You have two choices
in war…

Turn into a psychopath,
or suffer PTSD

Becoming the former,
may insure your survival

Suffering the latter
—and your world self...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Foretelling

Is being open to fate,
a choice

Accepting tomorrow,
in lieu of today

A foretelling that still
can be acted upon

A remembrance
—the choosing at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Higher Bred

Language builds a place to stand,
inside our own cognition

Each word confirms what thought instills,
in psychic recognition

Are you the true informant,
about what’s inside your head

1st person self awareness frees
—a nature higher...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Outside The Moment

Consciousness can’t exist until you ponder…
‘what comes next’

Thinking outside the moment
—frees the verb inside the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fusion

Is consciousness a sponge,
that ever expands

Is consciousness a vacuum,
where potential commands

Is consciousness a gateway,
to something beyond

Our mind and our spirit
—a fusion...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Will To Measure

Degrees of freedom…
a chance for control

The will to measure
—what choices...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven's Call

Can you talk of your experience,
or is language a gift recalled

Without a tribute, silence reigns
—you mute to Heaven’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Married To The Voice

I’m wed to my Poetry,
betrothed to the fire

Each word an incendiary,
burned to inspire

My voice the rekindling,
fueling the scream

The ashes my trousseau
—a smoldering...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Key

Is language the key to consciousness,
unlocking what we see and feel

Do words and thoughts when so defined
—make something other...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Race

I’ve finally arrived at the point in the race,
where I reach for the baton

All up till now the moment served
—new life embarked...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Strangers Cry Out

Often, I have to challenge the words,
after they’re written

Often, I struggle to understand,
what the Muse is trying to say

Often, I have to cede the ground,
that buttresses my thinking

Often, the voices calling out
—are strangers to my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In Flames

Like a moth to the flame we journey,
forever wondering why

Never knowing what but only where
—our destiny on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unquestioned

Can imagination be taught,
or intuition defined

Can wishes be repackaged
as hope

Can children rekindle
a dream never fired

Can the past and future
reverse

Can what is and what isn’t,
forever be

Can a savior fall victim
to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sensory Imprint

Do our actions create
the reality we see

Do our eyes and our will
fashion what we believe

Is the dimension we look at,
the one we take in

Do our choices control
—what our senses...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Uncertainty

Sketching with words,
the ink starts to run

My page self-invaded
—its image...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Laying The Track

Are consciousness and memory linked,
if so to what degree

Do thoughts control what knowledge seeks,
does reflection hold the key

Remembering back through sense of self,
trying to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Lion Chases

Is consciousness emergent,
or de facto zero sum

Is what we know about ourselves,
a walk or more a run

A lion knows to chase a deer,
but not the reason why

The truth inherent in abstraction,
lost upon the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Truth Turning Black

To pierce through the surface,
none sharper than words

A vowel like a razor,
to shave undeterred

Each letter a saber,
that strikes to the heart

All phrases an arrow,
your will to impart

Once spoken, each edge
is eternally...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven Wrote

I did not create the Poetry…
the Poetry created me

Each word I wrote from heaven sent
—on wings to set me...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Gateway To Eternity

Don’t give away the best part of yourself
to structure

Don’t organize yourself into
spiritual oblivion

Keep the magic of the instant
close at hand

And the gateway to eternity
 —will remain open and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Fate Worse

Boring…
that thing most fatal to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Divided We Fall

Without shared values,
what can we do

Without shared values,
who can we be

The proof’s in the pudding,
the cream has gone sour

Our greatness now curdled
—our future most...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Harder Problem

The left hemisphere believes in God,
the right hemisphere does not

That physical split within the brain,
what we are and what we’re not

Temptation and judgment at war with themselves,
all battles inner...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Core

Consciousness…
foundation of the universe

Awareness set in motion
—building block of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Feather

The arrow of time,
fired over and over

Piercing our consciousness,
impaling our fear

Our bow staying drawn,
till the quiver is empty

Last feather to soar
—on eternity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Yes Plus No Refrain

Living between the spaces,
of what never came to pass

The light rays self-divided,
the present from the past

Living within the moment,
no time to lose or gain

The choices made inversely
—in yes plus no...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

One Last Wish

When I think back on all the times that were
—and weren’t

My mind rewrites the answers to the questions
—never asked

To set the time that’s left on fire
—in joyful hope

To rhyme the final ending line
—with one last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Caught Deeply Within

All discovery…
but one grand paradox

All reflection
—caught deeply there...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spoken Treasure

A history buried,
uncovered gold

Each memory mined
—and then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Inside A Bottle

Stranded on the island
of your professed beliefs

Anchored in the promise
of a new tomorrow

Each wave a stark reminder
of the choices that you made

Your faith inside a bottle
—the tide...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Be Or Not To Be

If Panpsychism were true
—what could ever be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Free To Roam

The mind and body dualist,
his prison for a throne

Confusion reigns where consciousness walks,
where can it find a home

The soul the prize that matters,
the spirit up for grabs

Proximity defining its own lie,
positioning...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Letting Go

With every new belief,
you have to let something go

Each thought self-entitled
—to reap what it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Too Much - Too Little

Understanding too much,
feeling too little

Our being unbalanced
—and spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Perchance To...

We make the beds we lie in
—to sleep or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Shouting Farewell

Tripping over my shadow,
guilt darkened the night

The devil bespoken,
fear burning bright

Stepping into the darkness,
one chance to look back

Light shouting farewell
—as panic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

For The Determinists

Self-preservation…
our most basic law

Suicide proving
—that free will...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lost Memories Define

Traveling the world in my mind,
 ghosts linger behind

Traveling the world in my mind,
each flashback a sign

Traveling the world in my mind,
space harder to find

Traveling the world in my mind
—memories...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vanishing In The Mist

The visionary Poet,
blind to the word
Framing the consciousness
of a thousand lost days
Riding the emotion
of a memory set free
Escaping the entrapment
of description’s pretense
Vanishing in the mist
—like a rewoken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Payback

The currency of time
—is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Deep Emptiness

In the information age,
we know too much about each other
Too much good and too much bad,
that sets our minds to wander
No longer touching what we once loved,
no longer finding what we once held in our arms
No longer listening to the sweet voice of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Doors Lock

Stripped of his future,
outrunning his past

The doors locked within him
—first to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fore And After

Married to only what’s on the page,
each word I wedded

The cheers and accolades silenced,
my vow applauded

Spoken or read each line was reborn,
within the covers

That blanket the fore and after of time
—betrothed to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Ken Kesey & Neal Cassady

If lost in yourself,
there’s no need to be found

As the self-disenfranchised,
circle around

They question and lecture,
and spew out their grief

To lure you within,
their false broken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Riper Day

Like wine,
Poets age with every year

Tattered labels stained,
vintners unclear

Bordeaux, Merlot, or Cabernet,
words mellow in the dark

Where time ferments a riper day
—its richness to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Absence Of Malice

Nothing, is of great value
—when it replaces something...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Bows

When the ages rock,
all divergence reverts to type

And time bows to the inner voice
—of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Each Look Back

The persistence of memory
—the dilution of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hidden Fantasia

Objective, Subjective,
which side of the coin

Will the story end up on,
its truth to purloin

“Dimensional borders”
the physicists scream

As life’s hidden fantasia
—plays out in a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Here But Gone

The present once noted,
is really the past

A thirtieth of a second,
perception if fast

Most people are slower,
 the flash that accepts

What our psyche affirms
—now gone and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Baptism Of Denial

No power
can break a man’s grip
on his own throat

Or offer redemption
with belief...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Above The Tree Line

Mountains make poor receptacles
for dreams

Oceans are better at that

The elevation reminding of all
that’s forbidden

Primordial—the higher you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Emotional Bondage

Most days writing filler,
the Muse to appease

The words poorly chosen,
no ace up my sleeve

Each phrase a fulfillment,
old promises made

With feelings in Limbo
—my pen to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spirit's Transform

Theoretically,
we die from the moment conceived

Functionally,
we die when beset with disease

That space in between…
the land of our dreams

Where spirit’s transform
—our souls to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Body And Soul

My life is a Poem,
not one chosen line

And travels within me,
each mountain I climb

It dwells symbiotic,
between body and soul

To hearten each moment
—keeping me...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lifeline

Religion levels the playing field,
money replaced by hope

For those destitute with hills to climb
salvation—heaven’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Winter's Night

How many sunrises will I see,
how many poems will I write

How many Spring’s to then deceive
—until Autumn surrenders to Winter’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spitting In The Wind

Death is not a failing
—only its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Guardians Of Tomorrow

All history must we study,
but not enslave ourselves

As we forge on in tribute
—intrepid to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Looking Back — Moving On

Are you lost inside nostalgia,
blinded by its call

Self convinced the past is king,
old romance to enthrall

The facts proclaim much different,
in science and the arts

Awareness of what we’ve become,
the most illusive...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In The Distance

A man can walk farther
than a horse can run

Fate not in the speed
—but in the distance zero...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time's Harvest

In the land of my once fallow youth,
old phrases bury deep

Where seeds of time regrow the rhyme
—their crop my soul to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Uncertainties Throne

The power of induction,
truth insecure

Foundations and principles,
whispered demure

We take that next leap
from uncertainties throne

To leverage our doubts
—from what’s presently...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sight Incensed

The color of trouble
—the smell of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Crashing The Gate

We searched through the desert
for a welcoming sign

But the truth was a grave marker
—our fate so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Masks On Display

Can talking about things,
ever make them real

To describe and define,
what we then try to feel

A mirage of old theories,
their masks on display

Do ideas have substance
—beyond what we...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Last Laugh

Outside the backdrop of the given world,
the emptiness fled

And deep in the recesses of what’s never to be,
contradiction fed

Far beyond meaning and stated intent,
all reasons turned to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Until Gone

Old memory written,
new words to a song

Forgotten, remembered
—sung once and then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Washed & Scrubbed

Intellectual hygiene…
the Poet declines

That dull antiseptic,
that deadens your mind

Once washed and then scrubbed,
the truth a charade

Academic consensus
—the Muse in her...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Couplets Of Rhyme

An agreed upon history…
fables abound

To share in the memories,
what’s lost and then found

Our story rechristened,
linked moments in time

New legacy written
—in couplets of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Yesterday's Past

Hiding behind his writing,
he went from day to day

Whispering memories from yesterday’s past,
the truth in disarray

Buried in moments now borrowed,
the clock running shorter than...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Sage

Seeing truth…
in the blindness of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Patchwork Of Tailors

A stitching of parables,
a weaving of psalms

Whether ancient or modern,
the truth plaited long

The story we tell,
with one pattern beset

A patchwork of tailors
—whose needles...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Moments Unfold

Hear what your eyes cannot see,
smell what your hands cannot touch

Taste what each moment unfolds
—love in the simplest of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Precious & Dear

Money’s most important purchase...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To My Face

Punch me in the mouth…
don’t stab me in the back

The truth in play most clearly
—when honestly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond The Border

The borders of space
—where limits go to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Too Bright To Dim

It’s not about Poetics,
but the meaning it involves

The meter, rhyme, and format,
just tools to then resolve

Great thoughts need little structure,
their light too bright to dim

By any academic mode
—that chokes the voice...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Epiphany Relayed

Caught up in the great “I don’t know,”
my mind refused to learn

Moving into the “Maybe so,”
my thoughts began to turn

Morphing through each “To and fro,”
the options marked my days

Spreading what was “Mine to sow”
—epiphany...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

More

If space is not eternal,
what happens when space ends

Can we define what emptiness is,
its borders to portend

Is there a hidden permutation,
for what dimension has in store

With the end of all beginning
—infused with something...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A New Hand

Is mathematics a pre-school for searchers,
quantum physics grades two through four

Is what we now hold as absolute truth,
just a stairway to something much more

Are the numbers and letters so basic,
like the oils in Leonardo’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Unsung...

Every battle has its heroes,
most will go unnamed

True glory in their willingness,
to shun all praise and fame

With minds and spirits unified,
their hearts steadfast and pure

All destiny within the fight
—they ask for nothing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

One Last Beginning

The spirit travels
where facts can’t go

Past the borders
of what’s to know

Equated speech,
its truth unrhymed

Dogmatic, to amend
in time

But freedom calls,
its voice impends

One last beginning
—that seeks no...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Eyes To Close

I love the isolation,
God help me but I do

Being alone inside my words,
neither old nor new

The rumbling of the moment,
the sound of distant drums

My eyes to close upon myself
—time now zero...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

End Of All Ends

The bloody footsteps of man,

EXTINCTION

A different kind of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spoken Left

Consciousness is split in two,
the left side has a voice

The right side listens mute aware,
the left side has a choice

Two conscious beings inside one brain,
split left and right...

by Kurt P Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hope Afire

Faith is stronger than its outcome,
an end unto itself

Where souls enmire in hope afire
—to light the dream...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hollow Drums

Disco burnout,
fever rampant erosion

Empty glances,
mirrored hollow drums

Bleeding, starving,
passive alertness

Madeup, putdown
—treadmill...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

All Verses Called Back

Will your writing change when death comes to call,
knowing it’s time for goodbye

Will each word become richer, each memory dear,
in the limited by and by

As finality beckons, will conviction resolve,
 each day meaning more than the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Joker's Curse

Does life resemble a deck of cards,
shuffled back and forth

On brighter days with Ace’s high,
dark days the Joker’s curse

And what about that Wild Card,
that one you can’t be sure

If it will serve to win the day
—or fold your hand once...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Left Unsung

Do you see yourself inside your dream,
or chasing close behind

Is your love unquestioned, given free,
or bartered, contract signed

Are your lyrics empty without applause,
audience on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Call From Within

Each mind is a filter…
the wheat from the chaff

Each vision dissected,
to cry or to laugh

Each chance in the moment,
to live or to hide

Each reason a marker,
to vow or belie

Each leaf that has fallen,
the price that we’ve...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lost In Refrain

Do you have enough stories,
have you told enough tales

Is your life overflowing,
with a need to regale

Have the roses you’ve smelled,
lined your heart or your mind

Is the path that you’ve chosen,
ahead or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Many As One

Many faiths,
one hope

Many questions,
one plea

Many voices,
one vow

Many wishes
—one...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nexus

Enlightenment…
where humanity and intelligence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Angry Lion

A jungle of circumstance…
preying on the silence

Each verse a whip to crack the dark
—and tame the angry...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Voices Of Hope

Fans screamed,
the future cried

Freezing the moment,
truth underlies

Freedom on fire,
music bespoke

Silence irreverent
—voices of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

On Borrowed Time

Ability to free,
impossible to seize

The moment but on loan
past-future to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Haven Safe

I write for the
aberrate visitor,
that stumbles upon my words

A buried shaft
for them to mine,
a voice that can be heard

Each poem baptized
as a child,
redemptions holy source

To comfort those
in pain and loss,
escape from their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Never To Yield

The miles I’ve walked,
the verses I’ve rhymed

The demons I’ve fought,
the mountains I’ve climbed

Each word as a sword,
its meaning a shield

To ward off the darkness
—and never to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Chime Above

Contradiction…
a mortal trap

Looking forward,
while looking back

Direction frozen,
a timeless clock

To chime above
—life’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Know, Therefore

Self awareness,
freedom’s chain

Mirrored judgment,
harbored pain

Descarte’s premise,
inside out

To know oneself
—eternal...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Eternal Embrace

Rushing into the arms of time…
embracing eternity

Making love to the moment
—its destiny...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sight Unseen

It’s 2:00 a.m. in the darkness,
and I’m lost in who I am

The night little comfort against a dawn,
that waits for me again

It’s 2:00 a.m. in reflection,
the past chasing a future dream

All memory conjoined, controverted,
the morning—sight...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Glory Unsung

Victory is a song unwritten,
whose words beget the score

With truth in play, all time relayed,
past battles, future wars

Yesterday winless, tomorrow tied,
the moment zero sum

The hour prescient, each second dear
—glory still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven Proclaimed

Be in awe of yourself,
ever struck with delight

Gift wrapping your thoughts,
in the goodness of life

Treasure the memories,
letting go of the pain

Releasing the wonder
—as Heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Will...

My eyes unleash upon the world before me,
where Heaven wrests all darkness from its reign

These sights my fortune gladly spent on freedom,
to rise and fall as sun and moon both...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Devil Mute

Virtue when expressive,
deafens bad intention

Its voice to live beyond,
excuses and retort

A minstrel plays a song unsung,
as sages rise to dance

All words rephrased in lyric tones
—the devil mute and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Calling

A gentle fawn weeps
where God has taken a step

The forest his cathedral
—pathway to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Borrow

Answering with phrases loaned…
a paradox recalled

The choices, nouns and pronouns,
all verbs to rise or fall

Old questions freed, all doubt besieged,
defined and then dethroned

The power in each chosen word,
to borrow—not to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beck & Call

Is your greatness unendorsed
by godly symbols old and new

Is your strength contained and held within,
as broth begets the stew

Is your message clear with no defense,
either martial or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Remember...

The heartache gone,
but still remembered

Its pain
—the shadow of my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Captive Domain

Can knowledge surpass
a belief you hold true

Diametrically prescient
when thrust unto you

Is faith but the jailer
of transcendence restrained

With truth serving time
—in a captive...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Regret

Do you justify your own beliefs,
to force upon your will

Or skip instead the whole charade,
with truth left to distill

Do you wander aimless in the night,
in search of what you’ve lost

As darkened hallways call you back
—regret the only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Charade

Woefully, the footlights dim,
the magic fades—the chorus grim

A curtain falls as memory fades,
the ending near—one last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Empty Spaces

Running from themselves,
the shadows broke away

Light newly orphaned
with no endorsement

Tracks of remembrance,
forgotten and bare

Space filled with emptiness
—connection...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

When Springtime Calls

The Autumn Wind
leaves summer in denial

Winter’s invitation sent,
but yet unstamped

Memories through the trees,
 fall distant, left untitled

That fate will name
—when springtime calls...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Don't Look Down

Respect for time,
Disdain for time,
The double edge
—the narrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unsigned

A fresh diagnosis,
waiting to die

Time now unmortgaged,
foreclosure in sight

The documents present,
endorsement unsigned

Appraisal—reprisal,
the path freshly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Inherence

Genius…
beyond definition
—truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Chase

Dreaming in the shadows,
by the light of the moon

My feelings chasing words
—that can speak for us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Freddie

Mercurial freedom
Beyond sexuality
Love trumping weakness
—truth beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Rock Legends

There’s a certain type of age
that can’t get old

Death caught within the road signs
of its bartered weakness

Where voices cry a fevered wish
to all who listen

And legends write their epitaphs
—on hearts...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Another Chance

I like hitchhiking
because it’s clean…
Its ending not restrained
by false beginnings
The future more indentured
than the past
With freedom wrapped inside
this very moment
Each car another chance
—to say...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond Blame

Ironic…
what we forgive in our heroes

Their faults,
tragic badges of fame

Our glasses,
colored rose without brambles

Their legend
—sealed in myth beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Before The Storm

The wildness of nobility,
the fire before the storm

The question with many answers
—the substance within the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unholy End

Religion is a license
—whose fee is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lost Swans

Apollo en garde,
my prose to re-verse

Where Swans freely sing
—the Raven in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unfamiliar Ground

Does loneliness strike when entering a new space,
that we choose, or is chosen for us

Is the isolation a door to where we must go,
a new portal, our spirits in flux

Is being alone the price that we pay,
breaking through, old walls to come...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Devil's Betrothal

Without hope,
condemned to desire

Without dreams
—all courtship is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Conflicted

Intellectual emotion,
emotional logic

Distinct, or one and the same

The mind seeks control,
the spirit rebels

In conflict—prescience...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Portrait Of The Artist As An Old Man

What once held me captive,
now sets me free

My wanderlust blowing away

The clouds and horizon,
that buttressed my world

Meld, as the night into day

Those words never chosen,
survive on their own

Verses dry, all wings taking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Too Young

You’re too smart,
to be so stupid

Too warm,
to be so cold

Too bright,
to be close minded

Too young
—to be so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Innocence Skipped

The blonde playing hopscotch
had a tattoo

In a collision of eras,
her ponytail flew

As innocence skipped,
the ink started to run

A bastardized image
—of time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Front To Back

To start at the front,
before the beginning

Just to finish arear
—in back of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Darker Hues

True palettes of nature,
our souls are reframed by difficult things

The hues growing darker
—forever to color the struggle...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

All There Is

Will there come a time,
not very far off

When all that you have
is what you believe

Will there come a time,
now closer than far

When what you believe
—is all that there...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Inner Thunder

Silence
—often the loudest voice of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Choice

If you live your life truly,
death walks close behind

There to whisper…
“Time is not on your side”

Your choice pending darkness,
to ignore or befriend

And embrace
—or forever to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Free & Clear

I’ve lived just enough
to die instilled

My history paid
—all debts...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Each Moment

Pointing his thumb,
two feet close behind

Direction untethered,
new mountains to climb

Hitching tomorrow,
to yesterdays past

To ride in the present
—each moment to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Vision On Fire

The hidden Angels
of my unconscious mind

Their vision on fire
—all wings flying...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Agony Of Riches

The ultimate indulgence…
blind acceptance

All standards rescinded
—all judgment...

by Kurt Phlip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

But A Beggar

You see a wall,
where I see a door

You are imprisoned,
I am implored

You spend your fortune
on relics that burn

I, but a beggar
—last verse heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Emptying Hourglass

There’s a voice inside that’s killing me,
slowly day by day

Each line I write, each word I speak
—is paid with time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Subservience

If absurdity
is the only reality

Time is the new servant
—to what lies...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Yesterday's Sand

I buried my memory
in yesterday’s sand

To live in the past
—beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Fly

Alone,
without being lonely

In love,
with the air and the sky

In tune,
with those voices now calling

Released
—and forever to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Left Fleeting

Walking blind through the corridors
of his imagination

All vision was fleeting
—the truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Bell

Senses untamed,
spaces to reign

Bodies that die,
spirits to fly

Length or by width,
time is a myth

Dimension aground,
essence refound

Eyes looking forward,
eyes looking back

Eyes looking inward,
soul...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Pittacium

Labels…
crutch for the unenlightened

Support system
for the crippled...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Legacy Of Fear

Would you rather die
than be embarrassed

Rather destitute
than shamed

Would you rather set your heart on fire,
than barter out your name

Does your reputation matter,
will your legacy endear

Does what others think,
release the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Destiny Astride

I rode a painful trail,
because not doing so curtailed

Biting hard on Areion’s bit,
all else in life assailed

With blinders on I forged ahead,
whose route my will complied

Its ledges steep, all fear below
—my destiny...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Eternity's Seed

The exhaustion of passion…
the beginning of wisdom”

A souls inner vision
—the true meaning of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Assassin Of Time

Have you murdered the future
by destroying the past

The present to judge
—sentenced at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Bleed Free

Is there a higher art
than Martial Art

To live or to die
—all wounds bleeding...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Truth Flowing Free

Wrestling with time,
an illusion supreme

Its trinity empiric,
three masks to deceive

Past, future, and present,
our dreams undefined

Outside of their stricture,
new presence unrhymed

Rejecting convention,
short sighted and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

If Not Truth

What good is a poem,
if not to incent or inspire

Just flowering verbiage,
growing out of the mire

What comes from our verse,
if not truth yet released

Each word to enlighten
—in beacons of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

University Dogma

Five thousand sermons,
one point of view

The message sole branded
—the damned in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Polar Extremes

Explosion / Implosion,
caught in the din

Forces once pushing,
now pull from within

The physicist cries,
as the mockingbird calls

To see past tomorrow,
today in freefall

A binary motion
of polar...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Here & There

His words in transit,
 world travel unleashed,
the world his page to run

Alone in his chair,
both here and then there
—the distance...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Neither Friend Nor Foe

There’s a haven beyond
all praise and blame,
where true writing can repose

All time on the run,
consensus lay shunned
—the truth neither friend nor...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Moment Reborn

Waiting for the world
to come round to him,
his words got stored away

Waiting for time
to admit its mistake,
the needle in the hay

Lying in wait
for a moment reborn,
distilled in silence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nothing Left To Lose

Writing to a standard,
embattled in time,
his words both sparse and dire

All targets in sight,
his focus most dear,
new readers to inspire

His argument made,
with phrases reborn,
the verdict theirs to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Longer In Doubt

Pushing his will against the status quo,
all time began to move

Scouring through each ominous lie,
veracity behooved

Giving with nothing left to give,
his soul turned inside...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Limbo

Fighting his very nature,
conflict raging inside him again

Feelings demand what thoughts can’t command
—neither enemy nor...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Left In Song

Be somebody’s hero,
give more than you get

Reach for something bigger,
cast a wider net

Be somebody’s hero,
your name to live beyond

The casket and the headstone
—your memory left in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Pot & The Kettle

Democrats run on problems
they contrive

Republicans run on problems
they deny

One as bad as the other,
together much worse

As the status quo suffers
—awaiting the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Lost Horizon

In her clouds of mystery,
souls recalled

Where voices cry out
—from Shangri...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Absentia

Sometimes…
our greatest pleasure
is the absence of pain

As often…
the best thing that can happen
—is nothing at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Visceralis Veritas

Can you see that it’s true,
but not prove what you know

A problem physicists
and philosophers share

Hints all around,
results to confound

As the questions unanswered...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Paul & John

Popular music,
and popular verse

Their power intrinsic,
listeners search

Beyond even Mozart
and Longfellow’s rhyme

A gift to the masses
—in presents of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Incarceratus

Letting his past
 determine his future

Old voices in charge
—all memory in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Impaled Again

A sword slices through empty space,
the air bleeding as sutures trace

To pierce not once but pierce again,
your breath scarlet, its stain portends

A breeze sharpens—all time erupts,
seasons hemorrhage and flow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hidden In Rhyme

A poem,
a riddle

An answer
to find

A Sage,
 a gamester

All truth
undefined

What’s hidden,
most treasured

Its fortune
to mine

Tomorrow
awaiting

Sequestered
—in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Veracity's Throne

Truth before beauty,”
the Sage said with a scowl

“Aesthetics a vacuum,
devoid of its howl

“The beauty of truth
is that truth stands alone

“Eternity’s mirror
—veracity’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Transformed

Intention is to fact,
as water is to ice

Its truth in transformation
—the naughty and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever To Feast

Regurgitant youth,
digestive age

All life a buffet,
serving up on the page

Chew before swallowing,
savor each piece

That first you ingested
—forever to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Zero-Sum Enigma

Is honor sum total,
or dolled out by degree

Can it live through confusion,
and your failings to be

Are those moments of weakness,
made up when you strive

To become more than just living,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Payment Remiss

When should you get ready
to die…

When you’re old,
  and the signs are in letters so big?

When should you get ready
to die…

When you’re young,
with it’s messages trapped in the wind?

When should you get ready
to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Verbal Abuse

The mouthpiece of ignorance
is gossip

The wellspring of gossip
—is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Distant Cry

Losing all faith
in miracles

His wishes went to
live astray

Where hope becomes a
distant cry

Lost memories
—in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Big Picture Tease

Bogged down in the details,
truth is undone

Swimming through the corn flakes,
milk overruns

Looking at the forest,
seeing just trees

Life micromanaged
—big picture...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Soul Elektric

Each Poem wrought,
another day of
freedom bought

Each verse proclaimed,
one more abandoned
night renamed

Each line unleashed,
new light is shown,
old shadows hide

Each word I speak,
my soul elektric
—truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Not A Child In Sight

A stitch past nine on borrowed time,
 memories come rushing back

The Wolf is feasting in Grandma’s bed,
Red Riding Hood a snack

A Cow gets ready to jump again,
but the moon drops from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Is Near

The leaves are falling,
birds in song

Memory lingers,
tomorrow gone

A promise spoken,
solemn vow

The present honored,
faith avowed

Years enlighten,
age sets in

Youth remembered,
deep within

Gates now beckon,
pearl’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

New Morning

The gray dawn baptized,
lost child of the night

Salvation ransomed
—new morning’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Only Shame

Man’s inhumanity to man,
knows no country, religion, or race

Man’s inhumanity to man,
the only shame time cannot erase

Man’s inhumanity to man,
as constant as the spring driven rain

Man’s inhumanity to man
—rising over and over...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Dilettante

To no one in particular,
but everyone out loud

What you portend as Poetry,
should never make you proud

The words are so revealing,
of what’s not inside your head

Your heart lies soundly sleeping,
there forever in your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

That Horse

Every scepter, every throne,
reverts again anew

The god’s, their will divided,
in Iliads of truth

All wars of good intention,
paved avenues to hell

Honor shamed by Zeus renamed
—that horse where judgment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Last Goodbye

Who can measure the
speed of fear

Who can filter the strain
of lies

Who can weigh a lost ounce
of love

Who can package
—a last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Libertatem

Community college intellect,
Ivy League soul

Questions lie subservient
—feelings in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sacrificial Lambs

Hiding their poison,
colleges feign

Promising sunshine,
delivering rain

Knowledge infected,
politics vile

Lambs to the slaughter
—Athena...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Discoursed

Better to slip through
than run over

Better to finesse
than to force

Better to persuade
than to dictate

Discretion
—all meaning...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Entrapment

Classic intelligence,
built on complexity

Layer upon layer,
 a spidering web

For us to get caught in,
for us to be trapped

Its capture most fatal
—not living or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Title

My words
—speak only for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Visceralis

Writing doesn’t become immortal,
until you leave the words behind

Feelings left to light the way
—in moments...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Gray Dawn

The gray dawn slaughters
the promise of Spring,
Winter’s desperate last goodbye

Its poisonous haze mocks
a sky forsaken,
the sun again denied

Its blanket lowers
in a shroud of judgment,
its verdict darkly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Sages And Broomsticks

The temperature frozen
Old sticks in the mud
New tracks are untrodden
Lost dreams from above
The raisins in darkness
All pits buried deep
The moon shines unfaithful
Recounting of sheep
The doctors watch broken
Your time shorter still
His prognosis a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Amendment

Fighting his very nature,
disagreeing with himself again

Feelings demand what thoughts now command
—leaving verse to make...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fraternal Melee

Christians killing Christians,
politics trumping God

The Axis dared, the Allies fared
—shared lineage...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Death Warrants

Paying for their own execution,
the collegians trod on

Trapped inside their smart cellular phones,
in groups, but still alone

The administrators harken back,
slave owners long...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Monument Row

The traveler journeys
His ship has gone far
The doldrums eclipsed
With the light of new stars
The lands seem foreign
The people are strange
But always they smile
And call you by name
You run, and you run, and you run
From it all
Charts lost in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Courting Truth

Do you intimidate yourself…
If you do
You need to go back to work
Mining the fear
Destroying your ego
Intrepidation courting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heaven Made

Does an animal have
a sense of itself

To once question
why things are this way

Does it think about freedom
beyond our recall

As it lives and then dies
—heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Hydra

Still holding onto yesterday,
tomorrow calls my name

The comfort of what time has blessed,
my life within its frame

Those two directions—front and back,
a hydra running loose

Do I embrace what’s in the past
—or what is yet to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Every Moment

What do you use
to measure success

Is it gold
or a memory that shines

Your wealth in a bank note
or choices now free

Every moment
—more precious with...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

I'm Gone

All those years,
you didn’t hear me

All those years,
you seemed so sure

All those days,
you laughed it off

All those nights,
I wanted more

All those lies,
that dug our gravesite

All those tears,
with feeling...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Those Moments

Is the end something different
than goodbye

Can death extinguish doubt,
beyond all questions why

Is the melody in parts,
forever sung in vain

Are those moments once infusive
—now breezes through the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Blindfolded

Dying the slow death of political infection,
it hides within our words

As we try to run, and try to hide,
its plague a constant scourge

Poisoning the water, despoiling our thoughts,
all freedom it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Betrothal

A ring on his finger
—ribbon around his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Double-Edge

The better Angels of our nature…
the Devil only laughs

Laying traps as yet unseen,
in virtues aftermath

Reluctant aspiration,
free will a double edge

That takes us high while honing doubts
—of falling off the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Silent Night

Where would we be without language,
still naked around the fire

Trading bones with a grunt or moan,
very little to inspire

How could we live without meaning,
every question held at bay

Our futures dark, discovery stark,
all knowledge yea or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Love's Toll

The shortcut to a heart’s desire,
where roads and feelings cross

Destiny maps, direction on fire
—love’s toll the only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Muted & Gone

Dying alone,
a forgotten song

Last lyric unsung
—muted and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond Perdition

From the Devil’s stable,
I picked the fastest stallion

And rode beyond perdition
—through eternity’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Path

Stepping stone Nirvana,
a pathway through the maze

Temptation churns between the stones
—each tread fruition...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Wisdom's Tooth

A young poet is to an
older man

As an old poet is to a
younger man

When young then old,
when old then young

The future borrowed,
the past twice sung

The old man’s knowledge,
the young man’s youth

To bite the deepest
—with wisdom’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nulla Universitas

Behind ivy thoughts and mortared speech,
my soul cannot be bought

As I worship freely deep within
—the truth forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Raison D

Dimension,
Stretching itself
Reaching the unknown
Feeling what can’t be felt
Unnumbered
Not counted or named
Para-atomic
Time abandoned
Intention free
Returning without
Returning within,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Exposed

Does verse reveal
the litter

That left strewn,
clogs up your mind

Does poetry
uncover

What the prose tries best
—to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

One Last Line

The older I get,
the more dear words become

The shorter the days,
the deeper streams run

With time closing in,
I seek poems and rhymes

Into the twilight
—for that last magic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Surrounding Our Being

Is consciousness God…
his church the sublime

As we look incorrectly,
ever hoping to find

His very existence,
the womb that enwraps

Surrounding our being
—all sentience...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Twin Pillars Of Fate

Too good for himself,
and the place he was in

His lover reminded,
before leaving in sin

Her path was left open,
her exit his gate

To stay or to leave
—twin pillars of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Cosmos Expands

You can forever buy in,
without hanging on

The moment anointed,
to reign till it’s gone

There’s a time to hold tight,
and a time to let go

Veracity final,
in what it now shows

When that comes in question,
the cosmos...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Defiling The Unknown

There’s no bigger threat
than what’s still left to know

Its backbone religion,
as it sits on its throne

What cannot be stated
and proven as fact

Evangelists kidnap
and wear on their backs

With prophecy wrapped
in their folly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Disavowed

Neither left wing nor right
conservative or liberal,
he goes about his day

Living outside the parameters
of deception,
hell in heavens way

While living as dead
he vanquishes time,
each moment present...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Neither Borrower Nor Lender Be

The past is left in mourning,
the future still unknown

The present disavows them both,
not borrowed—never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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2 years ago

Imprisoned

In the commercial age,
money captures time

Depleting awareness
—a prison unto...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Times Shadow

His final words to the mirror…
“You must now set me free”

All time a reflection
—of what’s never to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Optimus Amicus

Is your best friend a dog,
a thesaurus is mine

As yours wags its tail
—mine forever sets me...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Muted Sirens

To recite it in a Poem,
or sing it loud and strong

Their union an espousal,
one by measure, one by song

Division cast adrift,
 muted sirens fold their wings

This moment reinvented
—words and melody one...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Renewed Wishes

Blue skies glisten,
the morning sun kisses

A Robin announcing
the day

The sweetness of spring,
to all lovers it brings

Renewed wishes
—the fresh promise of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Eternity Unknown

Did you try to take it with you,
did you really think you could

Did your journey end abruptly,
as you never thought it would

Are those things that you acquired,
much of comfort to you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Doubt Betrayed

Is it in the heart
Or in the eyes
For all you see
To then despise
Is it anger first
Or love at last
Can you judge the future
By the past
Does the meaning change
With every choice
Your words return
Another’s voice
Last wish you make
One vow to pray...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Our Presents Lay

What determines genius…
an endowment or a choice

Is there destiny in all of us,
waiting for a voice

Is to reject your epiphany,
most used as an excuse

By those who pull the shades down low,
the darkness theirs to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Orphaned Moments

Do your lies hold as hostage,
every truth you never told

Has your heart become a stranger,
to the wishes it unfolds

Is your past if then forsaken,
free at last of its own self

Orphaned memories never spoken
—orphaned moments never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Love's Reality—Unreal

Your lies much more exciting,
than any truth you never told

Stolen moments of pure delight,
the future your cuckold

Touch betrays what your eyes still hide,
my dreams you come to steal

As your body moves with time divorced,
love’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Devil's Talk

The threshold of lies
is hearsay

The jailer and killer
—of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Past That Place

If words were notes upon a score,
would the melody play beyond…

Each phrase a chord, each line a hymn,
each paragraph a song

If words could sing harmonic,
  as their letters drift...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Rebegin

As you age and days get shorter,
do you reach out for the source

Whether family, friends, or lover,
is the pull a constant force

Is the attraction of returning,
going home to shed your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Devil's Smile

A pat on the back,
smoke up the rear

Shake with both hands
—perdition is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Voices Silenced

Rushing waters,
bleeding hearts

Autumn winds,
the past departs

Voices silenced,
the coming rain

Ice forming
—to freeze the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fear Stalks The Night

Making sense of it all…
our grandest myth

Wisdom born of age,
bleeding youth’s betrayal

Questions dry unvarnished,
cold naked in the night

Darker darks reface the cliff,
all edges sharper...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Rise Above

Closer to words
than I am to people

Meaning,
in place of love

Heart felt recital,
 truant revival

In script
—to rise...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

His Shadow

You don’t have to die
to linger in hell

You don’t have to go hungry
to starve

You don’t need the darkness
to find yourself blind

While the devil
—his shadow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time's Grip

Trapped inside a wasteland,
dying inch by inch

Slave inside a rusted heart,
feelings chained then lynched

Later now than yesterday,
earlier than goodbye

Spooled like thread that can’t be sewn,
the needle asking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Treasure Heaven Sent

Wrapped inside a moment,
reasons tied the bow

Excuses thrown into the trash,
where wasted pleadings go

The gift of time majestic,
when given free of tense

A present there beneath your tree
—its treasure heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Be

A raging success
or colossal failure

Anything else
—isn’t worth your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Set Free

Honoring our history,
respect must be shown

The present uncertain,
the future unknown

The past our foundation,
the roots to our tree

The key that unlocks us
—our spirits set...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Himself

Famous only to himself,
his legacy waits

A servant of the moment
—time left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hidden Jewels

One can be too many,
a hundred not enough

When truth battles fear
—all diamonds in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

If It's Not One Thing...

First it was rain and then it was snow,
if it’s not one thing it’s another

Once in the dark and now in the know,
if it’s not one thing it’s another

The journey long, the destination obscured,
if it’s not one thing it’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Renewed

Squeezing out a different meaning,
with each new moment passed

The choices honed, all time dethroned
—no instant first or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spring

Did you not love, as flame the fire,
when springtime came in view

Your soul to task, no futures past
—the world again...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Poet's Gift

The most precious gift a Poet gets
—true knowledge of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Cowboy Never...

A Cowboy never says goodbye,
it’s not in his nature

A Cowboy never says goodbye,
the prairie his teacher

A Cowboy never says goodbye,
the wind his closest friend

A Cowboy never says goodbye
—his heart to only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Coming Back

In the middle of nowhere…
the center of it all

Coming back to my beginning
—one choice to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Through Tears

She wiped the tears
from the eyes of tomorrow

Her present uncovered
—her vision...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Edge Of Tomorrow

A Poet sits on the edge of tomorrow,
 waiting for today

Notebook in hand, new words to command
—what time has yet to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Wind To Know

Lost in the miles, lost in the smiles,
the road calls out my name

Throttle in hand, a beckoning land,
no two days then the same

Direction unmapped, my nose to attack,
what’s never been...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Beyond All

Within the depths of all I fear,
a voice holds me at bay

And clears a path, my soul to roam,
to stumble on its way

The darkness lures, a light unshone,
new words to keep me strong

As legend steals what fact denies
—beyond all right or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Last Message

Death courting life…
inextricably entwined

Most star crossed of lovers
their hatred of time

Death courting life…
new beginning at the end

Last promise to make
—final message to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

All Within

Poetry is a journey…
each word life’s misstep

When placing them together,
one voice binds and sets

Its map inside a puzzle,
to point beyond the wind

A road that’s never ending
—all travelers...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

That Haunting Voice

From deep in the shadows of Tin Pan Alley,
the Sage called out my name

With a voice that haunted and eyes concealed
—she made her only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

From The Muse...

Abuse yourself if you must My Son,
but you are never to mistreat your words

“Untainted they connect your feelings and thoughts
—your true legacy still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Writer

The only way to become a writer
—is to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever To Deceive

Step out from behind your ego,
see what others see

An imperfect vacuum caught in time,
a drum with empty beat

The mirror lies habitual,
to pose as your best friend

A single letter does conspire,
whose “I,” your will...

by Forever To Deceive

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Living For Today

Living within our given time,
happiness
—a present state of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Guide And Delight

My reality secure
from the attacking winds

Sheltered by experience,
a fortress hard won

Neither fortune nor danger
can force their way in

All entrance is barred,
a mystery respun

An Eden contained,
in a legend...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Two Thoughts From Before

Mankind Alone

Reality…
humanity’s myth

(Des Moines Iowa: January, 1992)



Samsara

The music of the soul…
is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Heavenly Sham

With every religion…
to share in the blame

Masking out God,
in costumes of shame

Seeking to own
what they can’t understand

A covetous folly
—a heavenly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

That Look Remains

There’s a look…
That look
In a persons eyes,
When they’ve
Transcended
Nationality and race,
Social position
And wealth

In silent visits
They come to pray,
Their bodies
No longer
Controlling their spirit,
But that look,
That look...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Standing Alone

Can you have
without owning

Can you embrace
what’s on loan

Can you give
without taking

Can your love
—stand...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Tomorrows Past

It’s not about your last move…
it’s about your next move

Forget about tomorrows past
 —and live your dream...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Made Of Stone

Saying goodbye,
never saying hello

All doors locked behind me
—their keys made of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever Waiting Unknown

The West changes you…
 its wind blowing
distant and near

A promise you
had always meant
to keep

A feeling
better gifted
than kept

A memory
forever waiting ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Zion National Park

Where words end
—Zion...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Once Breathless

Our love has gone from
hard cover to soft

The words between us typed,
no longer scribed

The moments counted,
  that once were thrown breathless in the wind

Our feelings stilted
—with words to just...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dancing In The Meadows

Forests of green
  call beyond the darkness

Where rivers flow
and verdant colors rhyme

Our hopes and wishes
dancing in the meadows

Calling us to a new
—and better...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Clear & Free

Searching for,
not running from

My mind clear
—and spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Itinerantur

Begging for space
Borrowing a feeling
Stealing a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Source

Before I started asking,
I was too busy living

The questions still in limbo
 —the answers...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

At Last

Writing the words,
owning the words

Prisoners and Minstrels,
sentences heard

Writing the words,
owning the past

Chains coming off
—freedom at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Truth Still Ends

Were you at one with yourself
while writing it

Did the beginning
have an end

Did each word describe,
or then inflame

What light
can only bend

Did you gag
on meaning bundled

Were you trapped
behind its door

Were you—are you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Only One

Can you experience a lifetime,
inside of a minute

Can you say with one word,
what used to take a book

Can you thank those you love,
with just one smile

Can you see the truth in everything
—with only one...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Or Both

Did you do it,
Did you write about it
—or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Headed West

In the darkness last night,
I heard Crazy Horse call

The wind through the willows,
new horse in my stall

His words my direction,
the hail in my storm…

“Your brothers await you
—the council fire...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Melody So Right

Stepping over the line,
in pursuit of a song

Could a melody so right
—ever be so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In Your Smile

I want to know you…
not about you

The devil in the details
—all heaven in your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Seduction

You strive for complexity,
missing the truth

Your thoughts trumping feeling
—ego...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Past Reclaimed

I didn’t know it at the time,
but my misspent youth was planned

The training ground for what I’d write,
then hard to understand

The many schools, the teachers chides,
expulsions my reward

Postgraduate work for future truth,
all voices...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

No Longer Hot

Is there disappointment in arrival…
anticipation the crown jewel

Are the accolades left hollow,
uncertainty what’s new

Is acceptance yours or theirs to own,
all badges keyed to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

That Final Window

What know ye of the truth,
that final window left to close

Who calls thee to its breast,
a suckled vision
—heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

If Never

What is this one life really worth,
the price of many sins

What is that one last question asked
—if never to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

One Candle Burns

By facing death,
we embrace life more

We see the limits,
each minute core

Seen as a friend,
all life betroths

Each moment treasured,
our loved ones close

And when we face
that final day

A voice more gentle,
bids us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Forever Beguiled

The voice of a Poet,
the breath of a Child

The curse of the Devil
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

A Kingdom For A Poem

I imagined myself rich,
I saw myself poor

From the suite to the stable,
my soul cried for more

The sweeter the temptation,
the more dour the gain

A kingdom for a poem
—my treasure...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Life's Greatest Gift

The tragedy of us
is that we couldn’t overcome
ourselves

To become who
we were meant to be
—sharing the greatest gift of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Thresher

The reality of who we were
destroyed what we were
—as the thresher kills the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Behind The Mask

That’s the way life is…
greatness wrapped in a tattered box,
lined with regret
compliments laced with a negative refrain,
hiding the truth
Fear and delight masquerading as one,
chanting behind the mask
—that’s the way life...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Claimant

When you love someone,
you claim part of their spirit

Trading affection
—as the emptiness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hiding Inside

Most of our lives are spent
icing the cake

Covering the substance
where meaning partakes

To coat and embellish
what we most try to hide

Distracting, misleading
—shrouded...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Not To Last

I survived the 60’s,
can I ask the same of you…

With soul in tact, my body wracked,
and conscience split in two

My parents now have I become,
these days of future past

With bloodshot eyes and memory owned
—by that decade not to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Another Paradox

Will you
Or won’t you,
Can you
Or can’t you,
Another paradox...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Lead The Way

I found my voice
Beyond all choice
A waited friend
Beyond the wind
I found the words
Once cast astray
To line my path
To lead the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Deadest End

The finer you draw your measurements,
the further away you fall

Each number squared and time compared,
deafens out the call

Your techno-dialectic,
data piled upon itself

A trash heap at the deadest end
—where folly stacks...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Words Endeared

Over the years,
and all the times I’ve cried

Through all the tears,
remembering the lies

One thing was clear,
as truth laid claim again

Whose words endeared
—remain my only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hopes & Wishes

No one knows anything…
it’s just hopes and wishes in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

And Be Gone

You’ll know when its time…
you won’t fight it
or struggle,
you won’t lie to yourself
—or try to hang on

You’ll let everything go
as it’s time to unburden,
your mind and your spirit,
your heart
—and be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Hawks Into Doves

Why do I like things
I can’t agree with

Why do I listen
when I don’t want to hear

Why am I attracted
to things that repel me

Why are my reasons
more muddled than clear

Why do I often
begin at the ending

Why do I hurt
the people I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Unoriginal Sin

Did you flavor it with Hemingway,
or season it with Thoreau

Did you structure it like Eliot,
or was Melville more your go

The rocks you choose to stand upon,
supports to look...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Most Are Lost

Are you the movie or the commercial,
the story or its cost

The question quite subversive
—in its drama most are...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Shadow

That laughter you hear in the background
—death following closely...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Verse

The magic sublime
—is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Nothing New

The Devil not to be believed,
even when his words are true

Intent to spin ‘que es verdad’
old tactics—nothing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

My Words My Own

I’m not collaborative…
my greatest strength
—my greatest weakness too

My words my own,
as others thoughts
—to them remain as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Only To Remind

You’ve got the how but not the why,
from heaven so ordained

For that one moment under God,
times fugitive proclaimed

You want to know the reasons past,
but not those left to find

A crown of thorns and peasant robe
—serve only to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Whose Key

My Grandfather was a Poet,
my Father was a thief

Their spirits fight to own my soul
—my Son in cradle sleeps

My Grandfather spoke of beauty,
my Father spoke of sin

The truth now locked within a voice
—whose key I leave to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Divinity Chosen

Do three dimensions,
preclude a fourth

Does pointing toward South,
prevent being North

Is now just the midpoint,
between future and past

Does the freedom to choose,
leave all nature aghast

Is one and one two,
if one is in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Save A Poet

In addition to the slogans...
"Save The Whales,"
"Save A Tree,"
and
"Save The Oceans"

We need a new one...
"Save A...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

In Lament Of The Cowboy

A scant twenty years,
grieved a century or more

Poetically perfect,
in spirit and lore

A man and his horse,
alone on the range

The cattle his instruments,
and music to play

Civil War veterans and blacks
from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Emotional Correctness

When I want to express anger,
I get madder than hell

When I want to give love,
how deep is my well

On those times that I covet,
how green I become

And when wrestling with hate,
the result zero-sum

When my face blushes red,
I wear it with...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Fear Self Indicts

Victim of passion,
purveyor of lies

Betrayer of talent,
bending the I

Captive obsession,
perspective now gone

Fear self-indicts
—when right turns to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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2 years ago

The Biggest Lie

Religion…
Translator of spirituality
Interpreter of that never felt
Templar of the self-absorbed
Deceiver
—of those searching and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Finish Her Song

Polymath Siren,
her flower returns

New stirrings to write
new melody to learn

Renaissance memory,
its present announced

Freeing your psyche,
past-future recount

Polymath harlot,
love pledged again

Petals now varied,
spread from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Five Strangers

Five strangers walked into my dream,
arm in arm, all different versions
of my deceased mother

They looked at me one by one,
with that look—her look,
that had been gone for so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Choices

If you stop where you are,
you’ll die where you stand

Those choices you make
—to forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

That One Reader

I don’t write for other poets,
God condemn me if I do

My words all gifted freely,
to those searching hard and true

I don’t write for academics,
as they archive others thoughts

I write for that one reader
—whose emotions can’t be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Quest

A thing itself is cheap…
its knowledge though is dear

The journey worth a thousand times
—an arrival most...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Two Thoughts

The Better Option

Better to be liked
and not loved

Than to be loved
—and not liked

(Villanova Pennsylvania: July, 2019)



How Little

It’s not about how much it takes
to make you happy
—but how...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Politics

Never about
 what’s ‘right’

Only what’s ‘right’
—for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

The Garden Wall

Climbing up the garden wall,
the questions loom
—the answers small

Climbing up the garden wall,
the past retreats
—the future falls

Climbing up the garden wall,
a distant voice
—your name...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Dylan's Gone

Dying alone on foreign ground,
death grips his blessed hand

Never choosing time or place,
 method certain
—the Angels plan

An oak to fall on alien soil,
all seeds to heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To Forever Amend

Trapped in the meter,
a prisoner of rhyme

My spirit indicted,
destroyer of time

A minstrels disciple,
epistle in hand

The sound and the rhythm,
my souls contraband

New couplets my jailer,
their sentences...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Without The Flame

Is morality an end point,
or a journey to begin

Are right and wrong just bookends placed,
or what then lies within

All Ethical persuasion,
to attain or just desire

Whose end result will never come
—enflamed without the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Today

Today was all you
wanted

The past now fraught
with pain

The hurt was set,
you could not forget

What our love
could not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Spirit Reclaimed

Crossing Montana for the first time…
everything was changed

My heart no longer my own
—my spirit there...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Reasons Sublime

Living in the present
past—future
combined

The excuses get
cornered
—reasons...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Life's Contract

Borrow someone else’s truth…
but there’s one you need to own

Whose lease runs out as time grows short
—life’s contract yours...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Turns To Song

The words all come together,
their meaning front to back

Like birds of common feather,
they follow the same tack

Existing for each other,
alone their context gone

All strength inside their union
—where memory turns to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

To No Avail

Is a lie in its intention,
or its desired end result

Is deception ever lessened,
if the harm is never felt

Can you skate by blame or judgment,
if your evil plans then fail

Or are you even more at fault
—when you lie to no...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Love Yourself

Bless yourself,
before blessing others

Forgive yourself,
before forgiving others

Understand yourself,
before understanding others

Love yourself
—before loving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Time Deposed

Writing verse,
I dally forth

Hours more stole,
than loaned

Prose to suffer,
and wait in line

Time once more...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
2 years ago

Reach Out With Your Spirit

You call it a particle
He calls it a wave
They call it energy
—I call it light

You’re locked in physics
He’s locked in quantum
They’re trapped in theory
—blocking all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Symbiosis

Poetry,
collaboration of one heart
and one mind

Written symbiotic,
for many voices
to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Love Disowned

As days split off
and drift away,
their dreams remain with me

Words as jewels
and treasured pawn,
whose tickets cancelled—flee

The nights adopted
orphaned suns,
those times you woke and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

There's A Line

Like a wounded dog,
who never forgets

This memory will
not fade

My warning stated,
“The Ice Is Thin”

Where my sun turns
into shade

If I told you once,
I told you twice

“There’s a line,
  you’re not to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Each Unwritten Word

Is there such a thing as
unadulterated goodness

Unattached to fortune
and the fame it wards

If there is, I’ve yet to see it
with these naked eyes

As I continue to hope
—with each unwritten...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Eternity's Hymn

A song yet unsung,
my prayer in the wind

Its blessing assured
—eternity’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Anchored And Whole

Drifting off untethered,
until caught by my soul

Redirected to providence
—anchored and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Future Heaven Loaned

The only way to cross eternity
is in a poem

As words fly silent and words fly deep,
beyond a future heaven loaned

The light speed meteor trails forever
the verses timeless wake

Distance not measured in miles or years
—epic ballads to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Betrayals Past

Money,
is not as powerful as revenge

The Dollar,
can never buy back a vendetta

Fury,
cuts sharp into a monetary corpse

Bleeding red,
 the green trails of betrayals...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Angels To Sing

Poetry…
the music of writing

Written unspoken
—for Angels to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Envy Sits Alone

Death in comparison,
  a covetous dispatch

Jealousy reflected,
  its courtiers attack

An emperor left naked,
  his crown a vacant throne

Jesters flee the castle
  —as envy sits...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Eternity's Glow

Salvation rises,
from the depths
of the unsure

Its light ablaze,
exposing fear
it must cure

Redemption hovers,
death’s pestilence
below

Casting all there reborn,
in eternity’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Reborn In Verse

As my body stoops with age,
youth lulls upon the page

Where words forever young,
cry willful to be sung

As daylight quickly passed,
I greet night a friend at last

With memories deeply grained
—reborn in verse...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Past Foreclosed

Nostalgia,
and future wishing

The present
—foreclosing on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Past To Forsake

As I lay dying,
let go of my hand

Bid me farewell,
my words to withstand

As a last wish,
your love may I take

Into tomorrow
—the past to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Harvest Of Light

Words are a garden
where Poets can grow

Each verse a thesaurus
of phrases to know

A greenhouse of riches
a potters delight

A bounty of wisdom
—a harvest of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Fill In The Blank?

My truth
—the words

Your truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Heavens To Own

Some will tell,
others describe

Feelings of bliss,
hearts that decry

Phrases bring life,
to words once alone

With meanings immortal
 —heavens to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Clothed In Prison

The Emperor jailed in wishful thinking,
 where only he could be

As I escape inside myself
—a prisoner running...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

An Ounce Of Hope

A pound of silver
will only rent today

What an ounce of hope
—can buy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Comedy Of Errors

Tweedledee
and
Tweedledum

The fairytale of George W. Bush
and
Barack...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

All Letters Gone

The new Millennium…
love with a small l
mistrust with a large M
honor—with all letters...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Dessert

At some tables…
Time
is a dessert,
that is no longer...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Dual Birth

Tears of sorrow,
tears of joy

Meld together,
laughter’s toy

Tears of sadness,
tears of mirth

Wellspring one
—a dual...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Hour Late

Stepping off the ledge,
out of the fog
—I cast my fate

As time again dared,
all blinders off
—the hour...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

This Life I Live

I don’t know if I’m good or bad,
but I’m not for loan

I don’t know if my words will rise,
but these thoughts I own

I don’t know if the questions asked,
will in death rename

I don’t know if this life I live
—will the past...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Shout Divine

Each phrase a gift,
mine to unwrap

The Muse bequeaths,
when spirit lacks

Each word a jewel,
to cut and shine

Together placed
—and shout...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In Color

Space in meters,
words in rhyme

Life in color
—truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Its Orphans Dead

The future blocked,
by words unsaid

The pasture torn,
its furrows bled

The future blocked,
by words unsaid

The present cries
—its orphans...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Left Unsaid

Charging into the waves,
the wind at my back

The horizon clear
—its truth left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Diamond Of The Soul

May your reasons bejewel in truth
—the diamond of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Fire's Burn

Can you understand
without thinking

Can you know more than
your mind can learn

Can you overflow
without leaking

Can you see
—beyond the fire’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Lost—Unfelt

Beyond all critical thinking,
above what’s right or wrong

There’s a different understanding,
where words turn into song

With a deeper sense of freedom,
light shines upon itself

All reasoned dialectic,
left abandoned,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Truth Is

God does not exist…
existence a material term

Transcending all dimension,
His presence wholly burns

Not temporal or timeless,
His light as knowledge gives

Not forgiving or forsaking
—the truth in God just...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Its Unrest

Can you ever prove a negative,
  have you ever really tried

To show that God does not exist,
or love not verified

‘To Be Or Not To Be’
is then a half-truth at the best

Belief a claim you can’t defame
  —with logic its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Different Whole

We live between
the beasts and the Angels”

On this topic
Augustine was right

Our intellects bear
what our impulses share

Separating the wrong
from the right

We live between
the Lord and the devil

Each claiming a stake
in our...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Across And Through

Crawling across the desert,
Running through the wilderness,
Walking across the ice
 —searching for the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Unclaimed

A Poetess schemes
A Poetess dreams
In the thick afterglow
Of what’s never to know

Her feelings unsure
Her words premature
Her voice still unnamed
 —her suitor...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Threatening Kobold

Escaping the prose…
I hid in the verse

My mind to compose,
instead of converse

Defying description,
I sang through the notes

And placed my inscriptions
in lyrical rote

I chose to hear music
over reasons...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Last Orphan

Immersed in dark matter,
it fights not to hide

A target blood red,
and covered in lies

It cries out for justice,
it cries out in pain

Until an arrow strikes deeply,
truth firmly ingrained

Its point bringing light,
its shaft driving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Not Dispelled

If God and Heaven don’t exist,
  their facade is fine with me

The simulation of a thought so pure,
will satisfy my needs

So take your theories and quantum math
painted corners left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Jester

A Prince of Life,
A Prince of Death,
two courts for him to flee

One horse disappears under a
ransomed moon,
a drawbridge now unseen

Eyes close tight
and turn within,
all royalty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In My Dreams

Days and nights,
all yes and no
  —indecision in my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Trapped In Entropy

Going from the past to the future
Is a theoretical abstract
There’s no timeless reason we can’t go
From the future to the past
Our perception trapped in entropy
Keeps the order one direction
Our search for meaning stacked upon
—a theory not to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

As Answers Flee

Is the Poetry in the thinking
or the writing

Is the message in the reading
or the hearing

Is the feeling trapped between
what’s spoken and the silence

Is the spirit released as answers flee
—from questions yet to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Nowhere Left

Age now walks beside me,
a reminder of the past

Not a shadow or a mirror,
but a debt come due at last

Each step it locks in cadence,
my denial zero sum

A reckoning before me
—and nowhere left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Enemy Found

Screams to their naked advancement,
fire—the truth to resound

Cannon to their darkest intention,
death—to all enemies...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Searching And Waiting

As a Poet I’ve been everywhere,
  while living in the void

As a Poet I’ve written about time,
  while living outside its deception

As a Poet I’ve watched your hopes and dreams,
fade into dark...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Heart Denied

Love freely given,
no heart denied

A soul on fire
—the heavens...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Before The Void

To be forgotten
—you first have to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In The Look

First I write the story,
  then I write the book

Related but still different
—not to be mistook

First I write the story,
then I write the book

The first is in the telling
—the second in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Voice

When I was starving,
poetry fed me

When I was sick,
the verse made me well

When I was homeless,
words gave me shelter

When I was lost
—the voice led me...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Refusing To Kneel

I abhor weakness
in all of its forms

My words gaining strength
through many a storm

Whether sleet in my face
or rudderless keel

This pledge I do anchor
—refusing to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Glorious Welcome

Unto a rose,
 flower so sweet

Petals like velvet,
fragrance so deep

Up through the concrete,
lining many a field

Its glorious blossom
love’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Beyond Your Grasp

One of life's challenges
is to find your own speed

Where travel is constant,
 destination in sight

Too fast,
 and yesterday abandons your future

Too slow,
 and memory stretches beyond your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Only Thing

In the end…
the only thing left
—is what gets...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

On The Run (Blues Poem #14)

Gonna roll me a reefer,
and smoke the past goodbye

Gonna empty that last bottle of gin,
and kick this bye and bye

Gonna drink that woman away, Lord,
if I have to turn to rum

Gonna smoke that reefer till my fingers burn
—her memory on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Way Out

Drowning at the bottom,
  the top so far away

Lifeline snapped, memory torn
—reasons...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Both The Future And Past

Do you want education,
or just to get high

To reach your potential,
or pie in the sky

If it’s learning you want,
then take off the mask

That laptop you worship
—deceives future and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Mojo Within (Blues Poem #13)

The Blues fills my memory,
all emptiness gone

Its Harp laying claim,
my soul to belong

Little Walter cries out
‘that same old somethin’ again

Jimmy Reed to remind us
—of the mojo...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Mask

Do you synthesize your anger,
do you cauterize the burn

Do you anesthetize the wonder,
as your dreams are drugged and scorned

Is your judgment tempered badly,
with emotion fiery hot

Is your vision colored madly,
by your choices—sold and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Scorched And Burned

Seventeen children
on a highway to hell

Thumbs out—noses down,
perdition rings their bell

Seventeen children,
their backs now fully turned

The piper calls them blindly
—their futures scorched and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Threads

The tailored line,
bespoken Poet

With needle sharp,
to hem and sew it

Where thoughts as threads,
stitch out as whole

Whose words once seamed
—contain my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Thy Lord

Where fixes the point of no return,
fixes the point assured

Where fixes the point of no return
 —it’s there you’ll find thy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Lost In Dismay

Do you spend twenty percent of your time
  acquiring your beliefs

And eighty percent of your time
  in defense

Do you have blinders on
  about what you conceive

In fear of the critics
 ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Our Choices

Your say download
I say upload
Diametrically opposed

I look up
While you look down
The truth now juxtaposed

I step forward
You step back
Our choices thusly shown

I remember
You forget
  —the difference mine to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Stars

Is it a memory that pushes
  the future away

As wishes embody our souls

Is it a promise that opens
  and closes our hearts

All hope to then console

Is it a longing that reigns
  over friendship now lost

Of times once sorely...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Voice From Beyond

Poetry often answers
  —a question never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Emergence Sublime

Existential—transcendent,
  my words free to leave

Though rooted inside me,
  their seeds He conceived

They shape and they fashion,
  a will of their own

Each moment unfastened,
  a prison...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Matter The Cost

Democracy is messy,
  thank God that it’s not

Tyranny once embedded,
  all freedom is lost

No liberty for the indentured,
  conscription for thought

Free speech for the patriots
  —no matter the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

That Voice Who Calls

I believe in Jesus
  I believe in Buddha
I believe in Crazy Horse
  —divinity shared

I believe in grace
  I believe in enlightenment
I believe in tomorrow
  —the promise it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Create With Your Heart

Are you technically perfect,
  but spiritually weak

Are your words so well crafted,
  your soul cannot speak

Are your rhythms unmetered,
  your feelings unrhymed

Are you stuck in a format,
  that kills the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Whom You Pray

I reject all your religion,
  in favor of myself

Those spewing virtues dogma,
  often kill, with little felt

I reject your revelation,
  with the truth inside my heart

I surrender your salvation,
  from your guilt I live...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Poly Sci

Yesterday proves…
  “There is no science, to Political...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Ignite And Amaze

Can you purchase tomorrow,
  with yesterday’s wage

Can you eliminate sorrow,
  still carrying your rage

Can you call out the answer,
  with the question at bay

Can you set a reminder,
  while forgetting your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Forever Wondering

Some men remain conflicted,
  some men are justly bad

Some men are deemed to stay confused,
  some men forever sad

Some men will strive for fortune,
  some other men for fame

Some men will choose to be alone
  some live their lives in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Power For Sale

Politics brings out the worst in us,
  if in doubt—turn on the news

The denominator sinking low,
  false prophets in the pews

All lust for privilege, fairness damned,
  as old as man...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Don't Blaspheme

Don’t talk to me about form,
  when the feeling isn’t there

Don’t talk to me about substance,
  when experience is rare

Don’t talk to me about insight,
  when reflection is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hand In Hand

I don’t like money
I like freedom
And in this new
Millennium
It’s hard to have one
 —without the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Emptiness Within

Are your words predictable,
  are the feelings staid

Is the truth rehashed,
  the same pavers laid

Is your verse now tired,
  its veneer worn thin

Whose mask barely hiding
  —the emptiness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Fated Divine

Have our brains developed
  because of our minds

Is it thought over matter,
  free will to consign

Who gave us this power,
  to till and to sow

All fruit thus comprised,
  in our memory to know

A physicists nightmare,
  their theories...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Take Note

Never become a footnote
  —to a history lost and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Casting Darkness Aside

May words be courageous,
  with thoughts on fire

This pen as my shield,
  to smite the ire

The darker the cave,
  bigger demons to hide

With truth as my torch
  —casting darkness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Longer Store Bought

Professional Poet…
  to cringe at the term

A lonely consensus,
  so much to learn

Days writing couplets,
  nights dreamed in verse

Feelings when gifted,
  mine to rehearse

Professional Poet…
  to run but not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Alone, In Search Of You

I see the world in shades of gray,
  where has the color gone

My faith erodes with each new day,
  a weakness growing strong

I sense a feeling deep within,
  it spreads and reaches...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Wishes Live To Hope

The more I think I really know,
  the less I understand

The further out to sea I drift,
  the more I miss the land

The stormier the days repeat,
  my soul to chase the sun

The rules I once thought hard and fast,
  denounced and on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Even When

Half the time…
  you don’t know where you’re going
  —even when you’re...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Gifted Free

All faith inside this present moment,
  it’s light my treasure—gifted...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Magic Exposed

We fell dead like a mystery unraveled
  —the truth of its magic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Half Way To Memphis

Wasted broke in Kankakee,
  down from Montreal
I’m half way to Memphis,
  with no one left to call

Guitar strings bust or missing,
  motel clerk at my door
I’m half way to Memphis,
  bathroom window as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Immemoratio

When emptiness
  replaces memory

The wind…
  forever ceases to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

First Light To Keep

The first cut sharp and burning red,
  don’t edit away its fire

Keep the wound both fresh and raw,
  never cauterize your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Still To Dance

Not always understanding…
  I write out the words

Lost in comprehension,
  till wonder returns

Each line a new postulate,
  no phrase left to chance

Last metaphor a song
 —my mind still to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Draining Our Spirits

Like an open wound
That won’t heal
The current political situation
Bleeds out…
A hemorrhaged polarization
Inside a malignancy of lies
Draining our spirits
  —of all life giving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

False Hope

Before you fall,
  you’ve got to stand

Your voice once stalled,
  fates reprimand

The paradigm floats,
  on swamps that drain

Where praise cries out
  —false hope...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Your Touch

I like the idea,
  but not when it’s real

Your love in a letter,
  to read but not feel

Lost in conception,
  affection belied

Your words I can handle
  —whose touch I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Its Light Shines

Truth has a power,
  exclusively its own

Beyond opinion and verdict,
  its nature is shown

Through good times and bad,
  its light shining through

A frame to the vision
  —whose picture...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Thing That Lasts

Can your intelligence
  wound your spirit

Can your mind
  entrap your soul

Can your hopes and wishes,
  logic kill

Can damnation
  be the toll

  Or

Can a promise
  wed tomorrow

Can the future
  slay the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Don't Look Back

When staring death in the face…
  never look back over your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Turning Me Back

My pen would be dry if the world
  were the only cry for more

But Laura’s voice from within,
  asserts with solemn command

Kindling my eternal fire—stoking the
  questioning cord

Burning away the doubt
  —turning me back...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Inspire Or Explain

An apostle of verse,
  a peasant of prose

To inspire divine,
  to explain—Heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

It's You

It’s you I like…
Not your lifestyle
Not your sexual preference
Not your political persuasion
Not your skin color
Not your nationality
Not your choice of religion
Not your lineage
Not your wealth or poverty
  —it’s you I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Place To Hide

I harbor a mean spirit
but not in my soul
He roams through my
consciousness as havoc and pain
Trying to break through
to that place where he’s banned
Trying to break through
to where my innocence lives
Again and again he forces
his will
But it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

New Blood

My Poem still an open wound,
  unstitched by edits snare

Running free on a endless page
  —new blood for all to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

As You Speak

Your audience may not be able to listen,
  in the fashion that you speak

Your readers may not be able to discern,
  those meanings that you preach

Your lovers may not be able to hold
  your feelings in their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Bleeding Free

The wound bleeds free
 —that kills the angry...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

By Others Felt

Am I at all responsible,
  for what occurs outside myself

Is it at all defensible,
  to ignore those feelings dealt

Is my world then co-dependent,
  on what happens somewhere...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Illusions Foray

What side can you judge infinity from,
  the front or then the back

If it’s never over, or never ends,
  how then can you protract

Can infinity stop and start again,
  would it be different or the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Pathway

Is there a direction to the universe,
  without the polar caps

The equator gone as space expands,
  looking forward—looking back

Does today become tomorrow,
  as tomorrow self...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Yours Alone

Transcendence—reality,
  the power to choose

The physical burning,
  the spiritual hue

One leaves you ashen,
  the other alive

The choice begets freedom
  —yours alone to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Back To Thee

Let me take you on a journey,
  to a place inside yourself

Not the body mind connection,
  but true consciousness itself

Before you walk a darkened space,
  a light must first go on

Not tasked with anything other than,
  an awareness set...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Pick Your Poison

Booze—Broads—The Bible,
  which poison will you claim

The one that numbs, the one that thrills
  —the one your soul to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Short & Dear

My life,
  dumped onto paper

My love,
  deep in the beer

The years,
  a fateful mirror

With time now short
  —and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Searching

Free verse…
  a forest without a path
  —a direction without an...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Calling Us Inward

The logic of life…
  illogically pure

In search of itself,
  last problem to cure

Synapses relapse,
  science reclaims

The form with the formula,
  washed down the drain

Structural weakness,
  obsolescence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Dissolution

Money, divorced from fame
Divorced from talent
Divorced from blame

Feelings, divorced from logic
Divorced from judgment
Divorced from pain

Words, divorced from reasons
Divorced from praise
Divorced from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

All Roads End

Laboring in obscurity…
  my pen a vagabond

Hitchhiking through my consciousness,
  my thumbprint worn and gone

Wishing past the hoping,
  spitting into the wind

All roads end in the desert
  —darkness my best...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Fait Accompli

A gift or obligation,
  the Poet signed his name

A promise wrapped in silence,
  decision masked by pain

One choice among the many,
  within salvation lies

The victors lay unspoiled
  —with truth to live or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Self-Implosion

Until you escape your own cognition,
  you’re a prisoner of your mind

Your spirit waiting to lift you free,
  dialectic far behind

Until you can leave all reasoning trapped,
  and let your thoughts go...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Wish Distilled

A sweetness comes with age,
like fruit that’s finally ripe

A Poet then a Sage,
on this journey into night

A wish distilled from all regret,
its seeds to be resown

A sweetness comes with age
—that buried youth will never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Is It Time

Are you ready for forgiveness,
  has that time finally come

You’ve done everything else in life,
  holding back on just that one

Is it time to say “I’m sorry,”
  for the hurt and pain you’ve...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

My Hope

With chaos on my doorstep,
  reasoning befalls

With heartache as my calling card,
  love though distant calls

All questions left unanswered,
  with time their holy grail

As seasons march to heavens step
  —my hope to then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Field Theory

If you can choose the battlefield
  —you can determine the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Wings To My Flight

A quarter of a million people
  read my poetry last year

Five hundred thousand eyes,
  five hundred thousand ears

I write every day with the
  humble knowledge of this

 To offer some solace,
  to be never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Most Often Missed

Some things are unknowable as they are,
  and need an alias to come true

Some people only known through someone else,
  and you must look hard to see through

Not in hiding, but contained within,
  symbiotic they...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Is There

Is there a truth
  too big to tell

Is there a lie
  too big for hell

Is there a choice
  that can’t be made

Is there a time
  —that can’t be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Walking With Verse

With each step that I take,
  words jostle and form

Inside me they cluster,
  deep down where it’s warm

At nighttime they visit,
  in moments of peace

Defining my feelings
  —extending my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Humbly I Pray

Tonight through the darkness,
  I wander and crawl

The faces all ghoulish,
  my past to recall

Unsure of direction,
  I listen for sounds

To possibly guide me,
  as fire abounds

I look to my left,
  as hooves thunder...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hope

Detour to heaven,
  back road to joy

Change of direction
  —hope...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Reckoning

In all things
  there is a bitterness,
  that time tries to hide

In all things
  there is a loneliness,
  coming from inside

In all things
  there is a telling,
  where tomorrow may be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Kingston Mines

If all Philosophy
  is a footnote to Plato

Then all Rock & Roll
  —is but a tribute to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Inferno

Life is memory
Art is pain
Time a liar
  —feed the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

On My Writing

I write the first draft,
  and paint the second

But the third draft
  —I get to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Symbiosis Reborn

You steal my breath,
  as I borrow your words

You fill my eyes,
  as I empty my fear

Your heart beats in my chest,
  as it breaks in my soul

You begin where I end
  —symbiosis...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

My Back To The Past

Sharing blood, but nothing more,
  family slipped away

Into a memory locked in steel,
  old thoughts safely at bay

All contact denied, memory entombed,
  though close their bodies...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Make A Decision

Be smart…
  stop trying to act smart

Be alive…
  stop talking about life

Make a decision…
  stop fearing the possible outcomes

Pick a direction…
  —stop spinning your wheels in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Great Grandfather John

I love you but I don’t know you,
  I miss you, though you’ve never been here

I long for what the years have stolen…
  a vacant memory so dear

I feel you across the hallowed spectrum,
  of death and then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Emptiness Reveals

Loneliness arrives for breakfast,
  anxiety for lunch

Rejection for my dinner meal,
  desperation left for brunch

Passion came and passion went,
  the nighttime thief did steal

And darkness all that’s left to bear
  —the emptiness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

How Much Joy

Having everything you need,
  how much richer could you get

Feeling everything God given,
  how much luckier even yet

Knowing everything presented,
  how much smarter might you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Forever To Be

Like an arrow shot free of its bow,
  thoughts become sighted and free

Whose words when laid down on the page
  —their meaning forever to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Vilest Of Lies

Political correctness…
  the new dirty word

Meaning perverted,
  excuses now heard

It masks and it covers,
  what it most tries to hide

As it preys and then smothers
  —with the vilest of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

One's Own Breath

The joy in the writing,
  all reading to construe

Spoken loud with one’s own breath
  —a vanity so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In Charge Of The Night

Being close to the right thing
Is farther from the right thing
Than the wrong thing is from
Being right

To see and not believe
To look and not touch
Much better to be blind
 —and in charge of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Never Explain

Within every verse,
  many meanings reside

The reader determines
  in which couplet you hide

The words both descriptive
  with colors aglow

The eyes as important
  as what the ears know

When backed in a corner,
  don’t ever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Proffer

Religions survive
  through subjugation

Without it,
  they are lost

Wielding guilt as a weapon,
  they proffer salvation

Enlightenment and freedom
  —their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Before His Throne

We have no idea where it goes,
  when the spider leaves its weave

We have no idea what’s left to dream,
  when the sandman robs of sleep

We have no idea the day nor hour,
  when our maker calls us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

An Empty Reference

Are all notions of time a trap…
The perpetual present
The greatest one of all
Are all capsules of existence
Just graves we dig for ourselves
Each shovel full of denial
Burying us deep
  —within an empty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Pre-Ordained

If every day to matter
If every moment counts
If every word to chant and sing
If every phrase be stout
If every coin pound sterling
If every debt marked paid
If every feeling dubbed divine
  —salvation...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Beyond The Thunder

A whirlwind to the ages,
  I gave up on today

All voiced precipitation,
  for someone else to spray

Writing above what’s forecast,
  for readers yet unborn

My words beyond the thunder
  —to ride on distant...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Deja Vu

The Future…
  is but the past...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Free Of Doubt

Back in their nests,
  birds chirping out loud
Retreated in bed,
  a boy dreams ‘what if now’
The moonlight not finished,
  what it started before
The church clothes all hanging,
  alone on the door
What once was thought ended,
  began then again...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Last Traveler

The end rose up to greet him,
  the last traveler undisposed

Its final words, the last he heard
  —as the past and future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Truth So Intoned

The Piper of destiny
  calls from the unknown

Without lyre or harp,
  his truth so intoned

All sirens left deafened,
  tumbling over themselves

As a choir of Angels
  —from his flute are...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Formless Question

Is beauty connected,
  or to a vacuum condemned

Is truth then required,
  for it to enter within

Can beauty be measured,
  by the heart or the mind

Can it chase, or displace, or replace
  what it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Past Beyond

Trying to be present,
  I gave up the master plan

Sacrificing what’s past beyond
  —reclaiming who I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Kurt Philip Behm

As warlord of the ticking count…
  time marches uncontested

Avoiding every scrutiny,
  defending every lie

All seasons caught within its grasp,
  each day a slave in training

Order becoming disorder again
  —complexity...

by Complexity Denied

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

...Is Love

The truth of hope is faith
  —the hope of faith is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Locqui Veritas

Words of conjecture self destruct
  —when veracity holds its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Arcs & Angles

Is randomness designed,
  can the dice roll more defined

Is entropy a map,
  less complex as time adapts

Can ignorance be renamed,
  as a home for knowledge gained

Can the circle then be squared
  —arcs and angles still to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Nothing More

Not a student of Poetry,
  more a student of life

The words fell before me,
  stepping-stones of delight

Not a student of Verse,
  but of musings inspired

My days withdrew inward,
  the years stoked and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Prophecy Reclaimed

Alone with my thoughts,
  together in this moment

The light cast off its shadow
  —all prophecy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Rhyme, Rhythm & Song

Rhyme…
 the alcohol in your cocktail
 the octane in your gas
 the connection in the words you speak
 fraternal sounds that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Turned Back Into Song

On my own terms,
  I lived my life
Giving and taking,
  both day and night

On my own terms,
  I lived my life
Some then mistaken,
  some often right

On my own terms,
  I lived my life
Last right of refusal,
  the one holding...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Only Thing We Trust

Are space and time much too similar,
  and maybe in the end exactly the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Light Of Its Message

Poetry should always be given away,
  and never ever sold

Its message to open all heavens gates,
  not translate into gold

Poetry should fly on the wings of a wish,
  with hope its guiding...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Mirror Never Lies

Science would like
  to abscond with Philosophy

Claiming propriety
  over truth falsely shown

Measures and numbers
  its weapons of choice

Never looking beyond
  —what its theories...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Prose

A metrical escape valve,
  letters in the maelstrom

Lightning on the horizon,
  second child of the Gods

Sacrificial waterfall,
  its current overflowing

A literal dilation
 —of the verbal...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

His Legend Calls

A Poem reborn posthumously…
  its Poet comes alive

Death to grovel at his feet,
  words not entombed, survive

A Poem reborn posthumously,
  each phrase a breath divine

Its voice once heard, the ages served,
  all seasons left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A False Bottom

The darker side of morning,
  the drier side of rain

A memory left forgetting
  —a spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

School's Out

Breaking through the titled ceiling,
  my voice survived unnamed

Unleashed to save the future past,
  with words their truth proclaimed

All time bereft of judgment,
  all feelings self...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Introductory Poem To My New Book...

(An Anthology Of Perception Vol. 3)


  “I write the first draft
  and paint the second

  “But the third
  —I get to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Your Soul's Release

Can a phrase rule
  over a paragraph

Can the right word
  stand alone

Can a thought be held
  within one breath

Can the truth in short
  be known

Can you single out
  the future

Can you paraphrase
  the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Only One

There are many futures
  —but only one...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Voice Heaven Sent

Never writing for the masses,
  just writing for you

One lone set of ears,
  to share life anew

Never writing for consensus,
  my words not for rent

To call through the ages
  —with a voice heaven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Wish Still On Loan

Making love to remembrance,
  I see her walk past

Blonde, eighteen and tan,
  and this decade my last

A memory comes back,
  as new feelings release

Of a field in September,
  when our hearts were at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Wasted Dreams

Delay success for as long
As you can…
Living up to an image
Will only cloud your judgment
Stealing what you can least
Afford to lose
Dragging you into the illusion
And myth
That could take a lifetime
To rail against
Dragging you into the
Vicarious...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Melody Of Sages

Prose and Poetry
  came together

In a marriage of
  infusion

 —each wanting from the other
  what they could not bring

—each vowing to the other
  words they longed to sing

Birthing a new music
  of epic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Literary Genetics

The DNA of language
  is Poetry

The DNA of Poetry
  —is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Death's Quota

The flowers all have scattered,
  borrowed feelings cry out loud

Mock funeral of celebration,
  grief false beneath their shrouds

The mourning congregation,
  to the tavern marched in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Beyond His View

Writing about life…
  he was powerless over death,
  life was what he was good at

Death, a combination
  of all he would never understand
  and all he would never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

What's Now In Front

Is it Aerosmith or The Eagles for you,
  Republican or Democrat to vote

Is it Chinese takeout or Italian bistro,
  or the prose or poetry you wrote

Is it bland or spicy, thick or thin,
  as you struggle yet...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Turkish Mother To The Kaiser (WW1)

How many sons
  have we lost

How many demons
  have we found

How many graves
  must we dig

To make the ‘Fatherland’
 ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In The Wine

Starving within the memory of a feast
  uneaten

My bread forever disappearing
  —in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Imperfectly To Song

Like me,
 my Poetry is far from perfect
  —a verbal oxen gored

Like me,
 my words are often frail and broken
  —still crying to be heard

In me,
 the message has found its student
  —to humbly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Turned Into Song

How open is your window,
  how tall is your door

How old is your virtue,
  how slippery your floor

How fresh is your perception,
  how broad is your scope

How clear is your reflection,
  how real is your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Immunity

I’m a Poet…
  —I don’t have to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Living Inside

Those who are truly great
  belong to all of us

Living inside our memories
  —shaping what’s left of our...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Singular Refrain

Questions are often bigger
  than their answers

With horizons wide and spacious,
  timelines unrestrained

Questions often lead
  to other questions

With answers left to wallow
  —in a singular...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Forever Carried Away

With prose…
I saw only with my eyes,
as the words left my hand

With poetry…
my eyes were abandoned,
leaving only my heart

But in the distance played a lyric,
freeing what my words
could never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Coloring In The Spaces

Trying to understand
  why you marked up your body
  —I stared at the ink

The memory of your open promise
  still inside of me
  —unfulfilled

Retracing that promised memory
  with new symbols
  —stained...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Love No More

I lifted you into my heart
But one arm was missing
As single wing and one handed
I carried you inside
All the while, you pointing at
My lost absent limb…
You told me you’d love me
If I could find that one misplaced part
The part that would then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Silence Unclaimed

Dropping its bomb,
  always missing the mark

 Your echo implodes,
  a sound hollow and dark

Answers unquestioned,
  all bombast enflamed

Drifting abandoned
  —in silence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Ink From Within

You tell me…
 “the structure gives strength to my writing”

I tell you…
“it’s nothing but crutches in waiting”

You tell me…
  “the order brings a beginning and end”

I tell you…
  “the sequence does feign and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Difference Within

The universe orders
  the questions and answers

Eternity caught
  —within their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

It's Harder

It’s harder to lie in verse or a poem,
  than it is with dialog or prose

It’s harder to bend the truth over a feeling,
 than around what you or someone else...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Channeling A Melody

As the music inflates,
  like a David Bowie video

My voice is set free
  for the words to diffuse

Floating above the unwritten verse
  like steam escaping

And drifting free as the
  pressure expands

It cries out the release of a
  lyric...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Darkness All I See

What’s left of my remembrance,
  now all that stokes the fire

What embered in the springtime,
  the winter does expire

To douse not once but then again,
  that spark which set me free

My wood left burnt with forest bare
  —and darkness all I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Laura's Captive

Fifty years a poet
More than that a man
My spirit held in ransom
Laura’s captive once again

Fifty years a poet
And all those years a boy
The written word a treasured gift
  —my soul’s most precious...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Missing The Dream

For a mountain to be high,
  a valley must be low

But inherent in both,
  one truth is to grow

Dimensions and colors
  and polar extremes

Self-serving the obvious
  —while missing the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Transcendent & Divine

Science will never prove
The existence of God
Science will never disprove
The existence of God
Its physics pre-emergent
Its logic self contained
If anything, a tool
To measure what’s at hand
But like the foundry never
Retaining the artists spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Higher Given

Belief and knowledge,
  master and slave

The truth higher given,
  facts rearrange

Belief and knowledge,
  cursed to define

The weakness of reason
  —transcendence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Call

The dirtier the world,
  the cleaner the verse

The need becoming greater
  —when the call most...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

My Final Hour

With age,
My sword
Is deeply scarred
But its edge
Honed twice as sharp

With age,
My words
Are penned in blood
All flowing
From the heart

With age,
I embrace what
Truth reveals
And am humbled
By its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Timeless Path

Present past and present
  future

Holy Trinity with the here
  and now

Three states that bind all
  known creation

Defining when but never
  how

This very instant the past
  calls forward

The future answers
  from a timeless...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Doorway

Locked inside my indecision,
  death opened up the door

And let me look inside my fear,
  which I hated and abhorred

The view not half as frightening,
  as the deception and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Unholy Marriage

Lunacy…
  the unholy marriage
  of laughter and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Dark Road

Revenge…
  a desperate stepping stone
  —on the road to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Ladder Appears

Stuck on the broken landing
Of a stairway to nowhere
My mood no longer elevated
My spirit remiss of song

Looking over the railing
Into a history that I buried
A ladder appears above me
But when I step—its rungs are...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Passion Enflamed

Don’t get ahead of the feeling,
  never forget a memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Windless Sea

Opinion,
  shapes the
  aftermath
  of what once was free

A commentary of
  detainment,
  adrift
  —on a windless...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

New Memories Converse

Deeply hidden within thoughts
  that linger

A centuries old message to know
  and then feel

Remembrance crying out from the
  darkness now passing
 
In a voice so familiar—our fortune
  to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Echoing Silence

The farther your emotion gets away from your art,
  the wider your canyon becomes

Creation echoing off a towering wall
  —coming back as a silence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Heavenly Known

Art must be transcendent
  to justify itself

It must leave its creator
  and go somewhere else

Directing itself onward
  in a life of its own

Its form to become formless
  —once heavenly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Something Beyond

There’s a sense
  beyond five

A catalytic one
  that ties

The five together
  as one
 
In their mix
  an explosion

An auspicious
  moment

Allowing something
  to remake

Allowing something
  to become timeless

Allowing something
  —to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Will We Ever Learn

Liberals with a credit card,
Debts they’ll never pay
Mortgaging our future,
The present now ‘in play’

Conservatives with a checkbook,
The balance no concern
Hope now bouncing downward
  —when will we ever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

It's More

My strength
Is that I am
Fundamentally
Unscientific
Not subject to the
Dissection
Of consequence
Or category
And not at the
Mercy
Of the scholastics
And nihilists
Who spend their days
Trying to reprove
That the whole is equal
To the aggregation
Of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Forever At Home

Giving up the money
  for a chance at transcendence

The words became sacred,
  all time was disowned

Chasing that one thing
  that if caught defies memory

At one with the truth
  —forever at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Devil's Details

Physics over Metaphysics,
  the cart before the horse

The chisel praised, the sculptor blamed
  —the tool the icon...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Loss

The only winner in a war of attrition
  —is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Heaven & Hell

Do your words sharpen,
  as your feelings dull

Do your actions harken,
  what’s still to cull

Do your wheels spin faster,
  as you sink in place

Does the meaning retreat,
  as you blindly chase

Do your moments forecast
  or serve to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Forgotten Wish

Every word not spoken
 —the lost child of a forgotten...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

101 — 401

Poetry 101:
“Write what you know—write what you feel”

Poetry 401:
“Write what you know—write what you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Freedom Dealt

Obeying any moral law,
  reason wills unto itself

To play the game the way its staged
  —all freedom thusly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Reality's Hymn

Be-bop, shu-baby-bop,
  the blues on fire

The strings an accelerant,
  the harp but a pyre

The melody unseen,
  its heartbeat within

Be-bop, shu-baby-bop
  —reality’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Legacy Of Endowment

Borrow from the least,
  but steal from the best

The larceny of endowment
  —your legacy’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Once Tomorrow Is Gone

Will eternity have
  a yin and a yang

Will the forces that govern
  applaud and harangue

Will the blessings have value
  if damnation moves on

Will it all even matter
  —once tomorrow is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Now Unfelt

Twas once a time you owned my heart,
  then Laura stole it back

Through all those years our hearts on fire,
  she waited and she sat

She hoped one day our lives would part,
  to never meet, as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Ablution

Your love to bathe
  in words rephrased

With hearts not young
  —or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Eternity's Twin

As of late,
  I have developed a new best friend

It’s my younger self coming
  to visit my end

I look in his face,
  and I see a new truth

I look in his face,
  and I see more than youth

Now more like my father,
  I more like his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

"I Baptize Thee..."

Am I so entitled,
  is it there in my name

Is the water redemptive,
  my salvation proclaimed

Does the Rock Of All Ages
  line my river with stone

Are the words mine by birthright,
  not borrowed or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Enemy Within

If there’s anything more dangerous
  than a terrorist
  —it’s a corrupt...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

New Love

Does the chemist succeed
  without blowing things up

Were you ever in need
  from a bout of bad luck

Does the tree need to shake
  for the apples to fall

Does your heart need to break
  —for new love to then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Choking Of Angels

Night erupts…
The maddening glow
Of a closing minute
Of a final hour
Shines pale
Against the frozen concrete
As the drumbeat starts
And the chanting starts
My last broken link
Forever lost
Forever lost
Salvation,
The calling card
Of a new
Abyss
My...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Too Many Cooks

To let other Poets into your kitchen
  —a true recipe for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Rapture In Flight

I’m a two-winged poet
  not just single-wing

And would never clip one
  to fly into this wind
 
As one wing goes up
  the other comes down

Until both work together
  when flying most proud

A zero-sum landing
  with talons not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Words You Will Find

With the years not yet lived
  to determine what’s right

You fake it with documents
  that block out the light

With experience weak,
  and its lessons still thin

Your words only scold
  venting anger...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Ancient Sins

Saturn burns,
  as eight rings turn

Its truth on fire,
  no lessons learned

A gas filled magnet,
  for solar wind

Where ice and rock
  —hide ancient...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Duke's Wisdom

All of life happens
 —between the crest and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Past September

What are words
  if not remembered

What are feelings
  never spent

What is time
  if not then fleeting

What is love
  not heaven sent

What are gifts
  beneath the wrapping

What are wishes
  beyond all hope

What is love
  once past...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The 'Cafe

A chat room for dilettantes
 —singing to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Without A Dream

Show me a man without a dream
  —and I’ll show you no man at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Truce

I don’t make excuses,
  and won’t pretend

But I do attack,
  and will defend

If your argument’s weak,
  with reasons thin

No mercy shown
  —or truce to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Words Left

Where are the voices crying out
  from the din

Where is the blood you spilled
  from within

Where is that Siren who once
  called your name

Where is the fortune promised
  by fame

Where is the promise you made
  to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Devil's Hell

To be judged by fools
 —where Devils go to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Zero Funds

Just a broken poet,
  at an A.T.M.

His stomach cries out,
  words hunger within

The nights are the longest,
  cold darkens and chills

Fresh words on account,
  new credit distills

Pushing buttons while bent,
  with hope standing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Your Swinging Door

I answered with love,
you questioned
with anger and pain

I held you close,
but your eyes
failed me again

I told you truly,
as my wishes
dropped to the floor

Your smile my captor,
my heart
  —your swinging...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Nightmare Awoken

Avatar Queen
The mask or the screen,
What’s never to know
What’s never to see

Avatar Queen
Your name to mislead,
One more cryptic posting
That always deceives

Avatar Queen
Both petty and preened,
The bees in your bonnet
No stinger...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Dancing Freely

All of our passions
  border on sin

The reasoning gray,
  the line often thin

All of our joy
  dances freely between

That Angel above us
  —and a Devil...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Never To Last

All time shattered memory,
  and faces now past

Stare back as I dream
  —meant never to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Words Unspoken

Have your words stayed unspoken,
  to mislead or confuse?

Those phrases kept distant,
  the voice of the Muse?

Have your words stayed unspoken,
  as you’ve traveled in vain?

Your mileposts painted,
  with fury and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Clever

I hate the word clever,
  it seeks to demean

With hidden entendre’
  and devious schemes

I hate how it sounds,
  as it rolls off the tongue

To strike from all language
  —if my power was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Seasons Recouple

There’s comfort in knowing,
  things come and they go

The wind brings a newness,
  whether lilac or snow

There’s joy in all laughter,
  freely accrued

Music in words,
  spoken only by you

A place to be born,
  a moment to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Last Drop

Should a tree be cut down,
  for missing a branch

Should the wounded be chastised,
  for taking a chance

Should the cup that’s been broken,
  forsake its last drop

Should a man be accountable
  —for what he is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Camp Cookie Sings...

The Camp Cookie could be heard singing…
  “Cowboy: You can’t wrangle the future,
  till you stop rustlin the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Father To The Man

You can’t play with something you don’t own,” said
the father. “But father, that is the truest definition
of play,” said the Russian boy. “What is not owned is
not worried about, and what is not worried about sets
you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Captured & Slain

Where have all the Poets gone,
  has time then captured and slain

Those heraldic writers of messaged truth
  —whose shields once bore their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

For Better Or...

Committing to joy,
  committing to moonbeams

Committing to hope,
  committing above

Committing to sorrow,
  committing forever

Committing to heartbreak
  —committing to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Time

Easily measured,
  not clearly defined

Often lamented,
  more often unkind

Its loss we all mourn,
  searching heaven to find

The time to become
  —a new past to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Lie

Your arms lift me up,
  as your words take me down

And I’m caught in-between
  your smile and frown

Your eyes making promises,
  your words yet to keep

My spirit in limbo,
  my heart left to weep

A soul now in turmoil,
  my mind double...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Unbaptized Words

Certificate unsigned,
  pen firmly in hand

The bliss not for barter,
  its insight free-stands

Faith and acceptance
  may go where they please

To my grave and beyond,
  the verse teaches and frees

No savior I ask for,
  forgiveness I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Its Reckoning Comes

Is God to interpret,
  and religion the why

Is forever too heavy
  to pledge bye and bye

Does the Devil provide balance
  to a concept in stone

Is he laughing inside us,
  mocking all that we...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Magnificent Silence

Not to argue about Poetry
  or justify Prose

Not to discuss their many virtues
  or interpretive flows

I choose to remain quiet,
  and let the words carry on

Where in magnificent silence
  —they turn into...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Vow To Myself

I asked for your blessing,
  instead you explained

What I should be paying
  to garner acclaim

You told me if only
  I’d do it this way

My words could have meaning
  and influence—sway

But power and fortune
  are not what I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Time Unfolds

In my heart I knew little of
  the world and all its parts

As I drifted idle and wandered blind,
  through constant fits and starts

My mind reached out beyond its grasp,
  with the questions close...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In Constancy Redeemed

Colors overtake me one by one,
  as they fuse within my mind

To paint their ancient messages,
  prismatic and sublime

The past is but enigma,
  tomorrow still a dream

This moment’s image all that lasts
  —in constancy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hearts To Impound

What is the difference
  between a fact and the truth

One limited in time,
  the other free and unproved

Language and formula,
  the great deceivers abound

As the light burns inside us
  —our hearts to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Time Left

When love commands
  —there’s precious time left to serve...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Death's Revenge

Today’s gone wild,
  killers on the fringe

A life to take, its fate to make,
  tomorrow—death’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hope Denied

When love deceives,
  the heart to bleed,
  its truth an open wound

Forever long,
  time’s painful gong,
  rerung with every moon

When love deceives,
  on bended knees,
  and lost within the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Mr. Prime Minister (The Last Lion)

From Winston:
“When youth departs
  —may wisdom prove enough”

To Winston:
“When spirit falters
  —all will to then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Immolantis

Raw and uncut, the Poet
  sharpened his edge

His entry point targeted,
  fury bright red

The first cut the deepest,
  and clean to the bone

A wound bleeding freely
  —all sutures...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Darkness To Dawn

No one ever dies for an idea,
  until it changes to a feeling

No one ever dies for a feeling
  —until darkness points to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Devil's Luck

You can’t step into the same river twice,
  and have the water be the same

You can’t throw wishes into the wind,
  and recall them time unclaimed

You can’t put a baby back in the womb,
  once the cord of life has been...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Academia's Lantern

Formal education,
  requires a fence

With borders to confine,
  and logic intense

Three letters that matter,
  the I, S, and M

Each school suffixed over,
  its member’s defend

Realism, Rationalism,
  Idealism...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Dance

Prose or Poetry,
  the music is calling

A waltz or a tango
 —conjecture or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The True Story

Are you a conscious Poet
  with unconscious beliefs

An eternity of verse
  crying out from your sleep

Are your dreams more important
  than your waking hours show

Do they tell the true story
  —of all there is to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Sublimity

Do I think I believe,
  or believe that I think
 
Are they both the same thing,
  a pen with two inks

Does one include faith,
  and the other just mind

Or are they conjoined
  —symbiosis...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Elusive Ghost

Can you be conscious
  without being self conscious,
  philosophers disagree

Being aware of your
  awareness,
  seems logical to me

But logic has its
  failings,
  as we pierce the inner...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Open Door

Death at its zenith,
  the other side of life’s goodbye

Eternity waiting patiently,
  to welcome us inside

Always the dark misnomer,
  we hold in dread and awe

When really it’s an open door
  —to all we’re searching...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Bookends

Bookends of a dream
  —the beginning and ending of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Search

The deeper we get into
  the idea of what’s real,
  the further away we become

Trying to put our formulas
  into a box,
  is folly zero sum

Like the horizon before you
  that you see but can’t touch,
  the truth forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Each Moment Anew

As a Poet,
  I don’t have to prove what I mean

Or reveal the pigmentation
  of colors that gleam

Or the height of an Angel,
  compared to a Man

Or whether the Devil,
  cannot or then can

As a Poet,
  I don’t even have to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Silence Most Deadly

The intention of silence…
  to expose or deceive

Its power much greater,
  than most would believe

Sometimes to say nothing,
  speaks loudest of all

The quiet most deadly
  —when falsehood...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Je Ne Sais Quoi

Inferable, unknowable,
  all senses on fire

Beyond contradiction,
  sans myriad liars

Its vision unstated,
  true knowledge unfeigned

Born into our souls
  —its silence to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Storm Warning

A hurricane of stimulation,
  a tornado of thought

Blowing through the vast unknowing,
  our natures to be caught

When doubt sits high on light’s horizon,
  storm warnings there...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In Our Hearts

The fact that God has survived
  in spite of religion

May be his greatest miracle
  —of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Temporal Delusion

Memories of memories,
  illusions called the past

Their structure self deceptive,
  inside our minds ill cast

Memories of uncertainty,
  and memories still to come

Embedded in our consciousness
  —this moment zero...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Ego Sum

I
I am
I am because
I am...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Tomorrow Calls

Every man dies,
  but not every man lives

Embracing his passion
  —eternity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Tears Of Pain

Those most desperate among us,
  must learn to cry alone

Themselves regained through tears of pain
  —to mark their pathway...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Flashbacks

A sudden embarrassment,
  a moment of shame

A lifetime remembered
  —in flashbacks of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Logic A Mess

Why start at the beginning
  and not at the end

Why is reality nothing
  more than pretend

Why are most facts
  at best a mere guess

Your order disordered
  —logic a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Her Voice

Speaking through me,
  all choice undone

The Muse unseen
  —her voice...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

All We Can Say

If the memories in the present
  are of the past

And the aspirations of the present
  to the future are cast

Then memories aspire
  for only today

 The only time extant
  —and all we can...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Here And There

You are two things distinct,
  that exist yet unfurled

You as yourself,
  and as part of the world

Fundamentally the same,
  but functionally unpaired

Your story twice told
  —as you’re here and then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No More - No Less

Is there a fact of the matter
  that can never be disproved

Is there an absolute truth
  that all can behoove

As sure as we once were
  that the world was flat

We’ve transferred to the Big Bang,
  and the beginning of all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hope May Till

The beauty of a Rose…
  in the heart of one who knows

That love’s a gift of time,
  both temporal and sublime

The seedling of a wish,
  future memory to enlist

That hope may till the fields
  —budding Roses to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Still Unborn

How dependent are we on language,
  for the expansion of our minds

Each word a crucial building block,
  an archetype sublime

Can we think outside our diction,
  would our thoughts release and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Crossing Over

Memory is a river,
 bound for the sea

One waterfall to cross
  —death’s waters to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Time's Prison

If you call out loudly,
  the past will find you

The pain but a looking glass,
  all time a shroud

As memory surrounds,
  its prison reopens

Chaining the present
  —locking the future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Cusp

The prelude to a wish,
  all time conspired

Eternity on call
 —the night on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Wishing

Wishing I hadn’t,
  wishing I could

Going through the motions
  —of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Bricks & Mortar

Intermingled,
  but not together

In your presence,
  but still alone

Hearing your words,
  but not your meaning

Leaving your house
  —so far from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

At The End

The truth redeemed,
The past reclaimed
  —within your final...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

All I Ask

Everything…
  is all I ask

In all you say
  —and all you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

To Ignore Or Befriend

If you live your life correctly,
  death walks close by your side

To constantly remind you,
  that time’s not on your side

Your choice on how to handle,
  to ignore or then befriend

Will change your life completely
  —as each day begins...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Moments In Song

Painting with words,
Sculpting with phrases,
Singing the moments...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Trapped Within

The physics of divinity,
  atheists chide

Pews filled with charlatans,
  believers on trial

Trapped in their reasoning,
  with all logic stretched thin

Building walls to keep light out
  —and darkness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

An Ever Changing Tide

Stretching and pulling,
  the Universe goes on

Cosmology’s wonderment,
  each day a new dawn

The Spacetime Continuum,
  today’s Top 40 hit

Tomorrow inherent,
  unless we’ve been misled

The deeper the probing,
  the ‘Bigger the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Verum Tamen—Verum Est

The Self, Free Will, and Love…
  today’s three illusions of life

Without just one our lives negate,
  a charlatan’s delight

For the Self to Love most Freely,
  this Holy Trinity must...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Goodbye Laura

Divorcing the Muse,
  her property demands were high

The alimony my insight,
  leaving me speechless, high and dry

Once the papers were signed,
  it was the last I was to write

Visitation denied
  —monthly support payments in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Light Eternal

Can you ever really lose
  what you’ve never really had
 
Can you ever be good
  if you’ve never been bad

Can you ever pose a question
  that’s never been asked

Can the answer prove elusive
  when the future is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Truth Revealed

The touchstones of existence…
  how many have you known

A common rock, a baby’s kiss,
  a dog to walk you home

Can one then trump the other,
  with importance or with worth

Can a seaside villa or Renoir painting,
  outshine a child’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Setting The Ghost Free

The emptiness between Hemingway’s words is a
  hollow sound that stays in your mind

The space creates distance as the Old Man wanted,
  from the reader and the voyeur of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Stillborn

Raw
Intelligence…
Like dry
Cement
Sitting unmixed
Never used
To make
Anything
Real

Raw
Intelligence…
A flashing
Neon light
To its own
Potential
Bulbs
Burning out
One at a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Crying Inward

How old were you
  when you were born

Were your pasts or futures
  deemed forlorn

How young will you be
  when you die

As truth cries inward
  —all time a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Breaking Dawn

After the finish line,
  a new starting line awaits

Where answers have deserted,
  but old questions remain

The learning curve most steep,
  as doubt invades the shadows

The light never brighter
  —than when dawn breaks through...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Time's Capsule

Surging through memory,
  all time was expanded

The past and the future
  —beginning and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Journey

It can take a lifetime…
  to learn how to write like...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Lost Dove

I can’t give it to you scientifically,
  and that’s the only way you want it

Therefore, the enormous part of you
  that’s missing
  —will stay forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Forest & The Trees

Quantum Superposition,
  forever preying on our minds

Refusing to admit what consciousness knows,
  its theory never finds

The more complex the argument,
  the further afield it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Winter Snows

Planting words inside my garden,
  watering them at will

Staking memories long forgotten,
  feelings cold and shrill

Row by row the letters planted,
  phrases start to grow

Whose cool fall day a harvest brings
  —to feed the winter...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

That Final Breath

What describes a Poet,
  let me count the ways

To once describe a morning,
  emerging through the haze

What describes a season,
  its leaves from green to brown

What describes a heartbeat,
  when your lover can’t be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Because I Must

Writing Prose,
  because I can

And Poetry
  —because I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Forever To Share

Are there degrees of spiritual freedom,
  or is its breadth just either or

Is the light metered out or self contained,
  and endless in its store

Is the origin of beauty and its pathway divined,
  beatific in its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Quantum Zeno

Awareness can be frozen,
  “A watched pot never boils”
 
When perception’s forced upon itself,
  all change in stillness toils
 
“To thine own self” the Bard entreated,
  that one truth we’re meant to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Time Unspun

Looking in not out,
  the picture cleared

Problems solved,
  both far and near

Motion closed,
  entropic sum

Space inflated
  —time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

99.9

Extinction probability,
  ninety nine point nine

History’s infinitive,
  the graveyard of time

Cosmology winning out
  in the end

The hourglass draining
  —last thought to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Fatality Of Fear

Words come to a point
  like the tip of a spear

Embedding the truth
  —impaling your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Origin

The speed of a photon,
  the steps of a man

The truth pointing inward
  —where forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Self Delusion

Your words can rise,
  or your words can fall

But a politically correct Poet
  —is no Poet at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Enflame

Answer with passion,
  or don’t answer at all

Cauterizing my questions
  —as ashes they...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Ivory Tower

Atheists work on the breaker box,
  as Creationists source the power

Rewiring a changing system that’s flawed
  —their lights flicker in an ivory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hopeful Sound

We’re lucky to have survived each other,
  in the aftermath of love

Those promises made as leaves they fell,
  from a height so far above

The seasons changed, a pledge reclaimed,
  buries deep within the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Sleeping Messiah

The beginning and ending of all that is known,
  inside of one last wish

To carry the meaning of destiny’s Poem,
  all feelings to enlist

Into the darkness, bound by the light,
  truth filling up the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Darkening Sun

Deifying themselves,
  the scientists disprove
  with their tools
  the existence of God

To sit on a throne
  artificially made
  the Creator to them
  falsely...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

1 + 1 = 1

Superpositioned,
  truth here and truth there

Unmeasured duality,
  a mirror contraire

Whose message lies distant,
  whose message lies near

A Siamese phantom,
  both fronts facing rear

The sublime contradiction,
  one plus one equals...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Timeless Attraction

The gravity of words,
  their truth pulls together

A force field of enlightenment
  —beyond the continuum of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Licentia

A strange thing happens
  once you’re as old as your heroes

The mystery less enchanting,
  the romance nearly gone

A stranger thing happens
  when you outlive your heroes

The nuances shouting boldly
  —permission now...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Unmade

Prose…
Has a room built in
For the reader
To crawl inside
And sleep

Maybe
More than one room,
Unmaking all beds
That the Poet
  —has so carefully...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Jester Laughs

The ‘Deceivers Of Time
  Masquerade Ball’

Invitees file past

Yesterday in drag,
  Tomorrow disguised

Today—the Present’s mask

Memories hide
  in the shadows of hope

All wishes dancing fast

Until the Jester laughs
  as the final waltz...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

His Grace

The gravity of freedom…
  all truth pulled back and forth

With God inside the Blackest Hole,
  unseen, he sets your course

The speed your feelings travel,
  regulated by the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Still Virgin

Can you write a
  celibate Poem

Devoid of flesh
  and fevered sounds

Can your verse restrain
  from lusting out

Its words still virgin
  —yet passion...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The 4th Dimension

Can consciousness be compressed
  like a distant Black Hole

Into a photon and travel away

Coursing into the darkness
  at the speed of light

Reality curving and swaying

With entropy chasing
  and time not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Sea Of Truth

No lines are crossed
  in getting to the sea

Only excuses
  —buried in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Maternal Muse

Her voice provided cover,
  my soul to turn away

Her message greatly treasured,
  her protection my dismay

Her intention of the purest,
  but she raised me more than sound

Into the dark I send her words,
  exposed—my spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Square By Square

If life is a giant crossword puzzle,
  how many blank spaces do you have

How many words have come together,
  how many crossroads in your path

Each grid connects with meaning,
  what row by row...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Truth Bleeding Free

Complex messages
  need a simple structure

Otherwise,
  a reader is lost

The shorter the word,
  the greater the meaning

Its judgment by value,
  never by cost

  ‘The straighter the blade,
  the sharper the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Words Set Free

What value, if any, does Poetry have
  —if not to speak the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Children Of The Damned

The ethics of duplicity,
  the killing on trial

One law for the criminal,
  one law for the child

The electric chair savage,
  womb murder refined

Academia, the father and mother
  of crime

To lie when convenient,
  truth’s babies to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Cogito Ergo Erras

Science hears what,
  Philosophy why

The deafest of twins
  —singing in the same...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Stolen Dreams

All sleep is barren,
  the night becomes long

The Muse an insomniac
  —restless until...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Exigent Power

Epiphany’s truth
  needs no defenders

Its window stays open
  the light shining through

The nature of being
  its servant not master

With exigent power
  —beyond legend or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Heaven's Atelier

All of your efforts…
  an homage to false reasoning

Excuses misleading,
  art’s truth to disown

Heaven’s Atelier
  beyond comprehension

Its masterpiece living
  —beyond canvas or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Blind Contempt

The quandary of physics…
  a tool to divide

A slave to its master,
  alone to misguide

Capable of function,
  but never intent

An eye without vision
  —and blind with...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Quantitative Valet

Science…
  a handmaiden of knowledge

The upstairs maid
  in a mansion of discovery

Chauffeuring itself
  along roads it has built

A quantitative valet
  —in the closet of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Coldest Muse

Married to his writing,
  divorced from carnal love

The bodies flesh a token,
  his words to rise above

All younger men still captive,
  as lust demands anew

His passion burning molten hot
  —to bed the coldest...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Hunt

A gift inside the box...
  one question left unanswered

Whose key to then unlock
  lay distant—still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Sighted Blind

My dog was hurt; he couldn’t hunt,
  and left me in the field

To wander into aimlessness,
  my prey as yet to yield

His nose was gone; the point was lost,
  the tracks turned right then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

One Final Bill

Sleeping through forgiveness…
  I’m re-invoiced by the pain

The nightmare real, escape undone,
  the reasons all to blame

Trapped within my memory,
  each image haunts and preys

Excuses gone as judgment reigns
  —one final bill to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Priority

The first responsibility of Poetry
  —is honesty

The second responsibility is to never
  forget responsibility number...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Silence To Collide

Playing tennis without a net,”
  perhaps Robert Frost was right

Free Verse serves with no return,
  day volleys into night

One long shot into the darkness,
  an open end divide

Its message fades, an echo dim
  —with silence to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Heaven's Wings

Power…
  the father of choice

Emotion…
  the mother of love

Freedom…
  lost child of betrothal

Returning
  —on wings from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Gentle Wind

Never shout into the void
  —when you can whisper to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Longer Free

Bring your lover into your world,
  don’t hide inside of hers

  ‘A mistake too often made
  with respect to women’

Self inflicted homicide…
  men die of good intention

A modern age hormonal trap
  —loves truth no longer...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Godel Was Right

Scientific Discovery…
 but one grand paradox

The Spacetime Continuum
  —contradiction...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Forever On Hold

A literary sociopath…
  Hemingway wrote

Both gifted and tortured,
  his words they provoke

A verbal combatant,
  new victories untold

His last proving fatal
  —all memory on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

One Vow

A mind can love
  an atheist

But a soul must wed
  to God

Each troth professed
  by self possessed

One vow
  —to rise...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Vanity's Ghost

The narcissism
  of small differences…

The egos crown
  of thorns

The sharper each
  individual barb

The more frequently
  it’s worn

A grand
  pontification

Whose wind
  blows just one way

Into the face of
  vanity’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Promise Wed

The soul is not
  by nature born

Or by the earth
  breastfed

It kneels before
  loves distant star

Whose light
  —its promise...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Undiscovered Reverie

Does infinity
  come in sizes

Does forever
  stop and start

Does totality beckon
  then fall away

  —dissolving into parts

Is gravity
  a lost dimension

Is pure mathematics
  number free

Is a concept real
  if it’s never been...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Lost Grace

Oh, to be good
  at something I hate

Oh, to be bad
  at something I love

To lose what I love
  to gain what I hate

Ill tempered indifference
  —lost grace from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Joy Out Front

No matter how great the versing
  writing always lacks the note

That music plants inside our souls
  words by their nature rote

Its melody takes you skyward
  all reason left behind

Pure joy out front to then surround
  —what substitutes as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Eternity's Mark

Can time be discarded
  by reading your work

Your wisdom a birthstone,
  eternity’s mark

With experience salient,
  thoughts never to age

A voice for all seasons
  —the words of a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Footnote To Plato

The nature of being,
  its whole and its parts

The nature of being,
  its fits and its starts

The nature of being
  the old and the new

The nature of being
  —to me and to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Freedom's Ladder

The word ‘ABOUT’
  is like a ladder

From what is
  to what may be

Each rung a step
  in our perception

Climbing higher
  —to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

As Ever Before

Often it’s just sound,
  searching for meaning

Until there’s a voice,
  and words start releasing

Then it’s the story,
  as language takes form

Together now one
  —as ever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

One Light

We all believe in something,
  some choose to call it God

Belief the common mantra,
  we’re living in awe of

Be it physics, space, or prophecy,
  a credence young or old

Many candles through the darkness burn
  —with one light to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

And You Can Keep The Mule...

To whomever owns
  the emptiness

I’ll take forty acres
  if you please

With space and time
  locked tightly out

Where nothing
  —rules...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

I Am

Sharing space with myself
  replaying ‘what if’

Symbiosis conjoins
  the jazz in the riff

The progression regressive
  separation be damned

My shadow imploding
  —in a joyous ‘I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Zephyrus' Delight

Instinct flashes
  past the speed of light

Intuition imploding
  Zephyrus’ delight

Detached from its fuel source
  tale on fire

The comets direction
  —reversed and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Reality Bends

Repetition inversing,
  black hole in my head

In perpetual silence,
  words collapsing unread

Reality bending,
  rescinding the end

The beginning left virgin
  —repeating...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Dylan's Garden

Explaining a Poem…
  poisoning the fruit

The meaning exploited
  —dead at the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Inside—Out

Can there be a top
  without a bottom

A beginning
  without an end

A middle
  without two flanking sides

Reality
  without pretend

Can you stop
  what’s never started

Can you die
  before you live

Can you see the truth
  without the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Counting Stopped

Truth lies beyond computation,
  perception aware of itself

Its ability beyond the last measure
  —of all theory and data...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Losing Game

If lights great speed
  is but a myth

And darkness not empty
  as it seems

What’s true then false,
  what’s false conscripts

Our need to know
  —a cursed dream

Has discovery
  made us better

Have our souls
  or spirits...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Your Voice Explodes

Listen your way out of the problem,
  when language goes awry

Each word that’s heard, a fuse unlit,
  whose primer never lies

To think the pieces wholly,
  as new structure comes in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Awakening

Poetry,
 a reconciliation of opposites
  —awakening the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Singular Beauty

Discretions infinity,
  its number unknown

One window sufficient
  for its light to be shown

An exploding dynamic
  tumbling over itself

A singular beauty
  —in the distance...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Eight Questions

Will there ever come a time
  when a moment doesn’t matter

Will there ever come a date
  when the days won’t connect

Will there ever come a phrase
  its words devoid of meaning

Will there ever come a song
  whose melody won’t...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Did You Dream

Was the ending
  self-fulfilling

Hopes and wishes
  by the score

Did you live to dream
  or dream to live

Of a life
  —that’s something...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Imagery Forgives

The gravity of freedom,
  the weight of space and time

Above the calculated noise,
  the wisdom of the Mime

Truth reveals a vacuum,
  where silence waits to live

As words describe what minds can’t see
  —and imagery...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

S

One letter that follows,
  if added will deem

To separate the real
  from what’s referenced or schemed

“Honor from honors,
  Love from loves

“Truth from truth’s,
  and Self from selves

“God from gods,
  Time from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Ah Yue Shda

A Lakota Sioux Elder
  once prophetically said…

  “We will be known forever
  by the tracks we leave behind”

That wisdom now marking
  a trail of tears
  —any hope still yet to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Tightening Noose

Parents,
  hover over their children

Adults,
  smothering their young

Choices curtailed,
  freedom spoon fed

Gallows
  —for youth to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Now

The history of time
  a moments expanse

All memory set free
 —the present...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Destiny Wed

In the Song Of The Muses,
  the Prince heard his Queen

Now locked in a convent,
  her beauty unseen

The tower lay distant,
  its ramparts on guard

Just one point of entry
  a hero’s reward

The mist in the valley
  its prison to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

That Beckoning Star

The Siren of fate
  lures you onto the rocks

Her beauty enticing
  while masking what’s not

A shipwreck of horrors
  that’s not what it seems

Luring you onward
  away from your dreams

A phantom discovery
  a fool’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Dark Passage

The night is a den
  of mixed horrors

A trap
  where you sleep with the dead

Any light
  that’s remiss or left vacant

A pathway
  —to gravestones...

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Science Proclaims

The Self
Free Will
And Love
 —the three grand illusions of...

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3 years ago

The Light

I stare back from the last horizon,
  and scientists look bemused

Theologians prey among themselves,
  mystics stay confused

Once through the light Divining
  no beginnings or their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Vita—Et Alia

If all there is…
  —is all there is

  (then)

All you can do…
  —is all you can...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Rotor Blades That Kill

We never safeguard our progeny
  by overprotecting our kids

The blankets that we spread
  and fences we build

Imprison,
  rather than defend

Ensuring weaker and hapless offspring
  —inside a diminished and helpless...

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3 years ago

Fear & Ignorance

Get through the dialectic
  before the day is late

Don’t wait for an invitation
  as they slowly shut the gate

The wolf now dressed in spun wool
  has broken from his cage

He hungers deep inside our fear
  with ignorance and...

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3 years ago

Choice

Just because you can
  —doesn’t mean you should

  (and)

Just because you should
  —doesn’t mean you...

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Loves Denial

When you split the beam and the splintered edge
  is all you’re left with

The only one you’ve outsmarted
  is yourself

A prisoner of your severed choice
  and schizophrenia

The victim of your hearts defeat
  —and loves...

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3 years ago

Interdiction

Poetry…
  arresting the mundane
  acquitting the spirit

Convicting
  all redundancy
  —freeing the...

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3 years ago

Magdalena

Magdalena,
  your beauty known

Magdalena,
  your wisdom shown

Magdalena,
  firm and steadfast

Magdalena,
  communed repast

Magdalena,
  so loved a man

Magdalena,
  his blood in hand

Magdalena,
  though history...

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3 years ago

The Takeover

The fences and billboards
  disappear in the sanctum

As theory is abandoned
  —and true knowledge takes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Liberating The Truth

With each tick of the second hand
  the immeasurable on trial

Imagination deposed
  all parameters set free

The Poets acquitted
  the logicians suicidal

All reference and syntax
  —imploding at light...

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3 years ago

Revelation

The older I get,
  the more distant they seem

The past and the future,
  reality’s dream

The older I get,
  the deeper it feels

Distraction aborted
  —the moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Aging The Silence

A poem is never truly finished,
  a song never finally sung

As words and lyrics age the silence
  —all time forever...

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3 years ago

Lights Prisoner

Lay your feelings out there,
  put them on the line

Send your fear back down to hell,
  forever to remind

Evil in submission,
  darkness wrapped in fright

The devil muted with your words
  —prisoner of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Prisoners Of Time

In three thousand years of philosophical thought
  what in fact’s been changed

Has a sorrow been healed or steeple been built
  resulting from the game

The essence, the theory, the logic, the proof
  all couplets lacking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Dereliction

Deserting your own judgment
  —the highest form of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Truth Revealed

Thought is meant to provide escape
  from what causes it to be

The soul released in contradiction
  its spirit running free

All questions posed and answers sought
  now kindling burned to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Hope Turns

I’m most tired of wishing
  —when hope turns to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Trappings

It’s not what you put on
  but what you take off

Each trapping a hangman
  —and choking its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Those Who Can—Do

Everyone wants to teach
  until that day of learning comes

No longer needing to find themselves
  in accolades, praise—or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Crippled And Lost

Prosthetic language can never fix
  a Poems broken joints

Only inspiration can set
  the break for sure

Crutches and canes to prop up verse
  severely disappoint

Perception falling on its face
  —a crippled lost...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Future Passed

The 4th dimension,
  space and time

Godel agreed,
  Einstein opined

If set in motion,
  the future passed

Time self negated
  —its truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Venit Una Ex Multis

Many fuels create the heat,
  but one temperature reigns supreme

Many fuels create the heat
  —but one temperature frees the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Ayn's Nightmare

Our brains push away
  as humanity pulls

Cerebrum benighted
  —emotion to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Neither Nor

Truth thrives in contradiction
  the difference sharply honed

A neither nor redemption
  as zero-sum is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Safe Harbor

Can you imagine something
  beyond your conception

Can the truth hide from view
  exposed in plain sight

Can you forget to remember
  or remember to forget

Is all darkness misleading
  —the safe harbor of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Waiting For Time

My mind is a garden
  whose plants have grown tall

Their season end harvest
  awaiting the call

Ideas and feelings
  cross over in rows

The laughter of children
  to lead where they go

My thoughts now a storeroom
  the food all put...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Unto You

All worth free of sanction
  its value beyond time

Our oath most revealing
  a memory divine

The Bard more prophetic…
  “To Thine Own Self Be True”

One meaning transcendent
  —that gift unto...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Without And Within

The moment…
  something other than time

A consonant failure,
  its freedom in rhyme

Happening once,
  as it happens again

Beyond every measure
 —without and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

One Look

You mortgage the future
  with the currency of time

To buy out your fate
  with more meter and rhyme

But one look through the darkness
  past devil and saint

Explodes your true oneness
  —the moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Lost Candle Of Time

Can time survive in purer form
  devoid of reference
  future—past

Can the present become
  a bible
  for every sage

Like a black hole
  compressing within itself
  imploding front to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Write, Sing, See, And Feel

Write your way out
  of a book

Sing your way out
  of a song

See your way out
  of the darkness

Feel your way out
  —of what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Freedom Within

Your ideas have merit,
  that your words can’t support

Your spirit is strong,
  but your language is weak

Your eyes are wide open,
  while your tongue remains tied

Your voice now enslaved
  —to the freedom...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Where Dreams Have Laid

My writing conceals a deeper truth
  than common sense abides

Each word unwraps a higher sense
  than fame or fortune buys

Every breath I take, the future staked
  the moment crowned as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Distance

We anticipate the future
  —by remembering the...

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3 years ago

The Swinging Door

Cowardice and bravery
Not either-or
But different levels of

Valor and shame
A swinging door
Whose facings change when swung

A foil to confound
The Poets dream
With glory and disdain

Bravery and cowardice
Not zero-sum
  —but often look the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Grandfather's Divorce

He never told me when he left her,
  I’d go through a Grandfather’s divorce

The kids remote and distant
  all contact scant and forced

My love sits idly waiting
  for the phone to ring...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Samsara

The discovery of Man
  —a genesis...

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3 years ago

Madre

One vision
  one name

Two words
  —Grand...

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3 years ago

A Buffet Of Hate

Blood was toasted
  in a buffet of hate

A violent main course
  —whose dessert was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

In Spite Of Ourselves

What if God is the
  Universe

Not something separate
  and distinct

But the Universe
  itself

Eliminating the dual
  notions

Of Creation and
  Intelligent Design

Insuring our divinity
  as part of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Either Or Deception

Logic is a prison…
  the truth locked deep within

Its laws a jailer standing guard
  whose warden darkness brings

An either or deception
  a psychic trap that lures

Vision sentenced — insight charged
  zero-sum...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Time Remembered

Take a breath,
  affirm your life

Take a step,
  confirm it twice

Your mind reflects,
  as words surround

All time remembered
  —truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Quod

You have existed now
 ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Beginning Again

How quiet are the closing moments
of Winter

Its final lingering shadow
passing over your regret

Days lengthen into night,
returning Blackbirds a good tiding

What ended in shades of red and brown
—beginning once...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

First Law Of Metaphysics

There’s nothing less,
  there’s nothing more

As time repeats…
  —once...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Plato's Bequeath

An extravagance of leisure
  —exploiting the time

Beyond the reach of my Grandfathers
  —the joy and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Descartes, Be Damned

From life’s final dissertation,
  logic must be barred

A blueprint of our limitations,
  its legions burned and scarred

In that last final closing moment,
  transcendence kindled...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Damning Refrain

The deeper the words
  formed

The meaner they
  became

  ‘now free and alive
  and stirred from the bottom

  ‘once buried and denied
  in moments of pain’

Taking on new life,
  they glare and they...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Our Spiritual Vacuum

Is God a deficiency in
  our character or makeup

Do we fill in the vacuum with
  almighty tales of beyond

Is the salvation we yearn for
  there buried deep inside us

Do our sermons lay unwritten
  —last devotional...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Stigmata

Wringing feelings
Like a sponge…
The words dripped down
My lips
Onto the page
  —staining my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Grandparenting

Becoming totally involved
  —keeping your opinions to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Bare Minimum

The minimum standard defining a man
  —taking care of his family

The minimum standard defining a woman
  —taking care of her...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Time

Forever rented,
  never owned

The moment leased
  —the future...

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3 years ago

$$$$$

Money…
  an ungrateful heir

Disowning all memory
  —with your ashes still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Death On The Fringe

The older I get,
  the louder the Muse does parade

The shorter the moment,
  the deeper her message invades

The older I get,
  distant voices wither and fade

With death on the fringe
  —all focus recentered and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Mirror

You hate in your enemy
  —what you most love in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Life Support

As natural and necessary
  as breathing
  —I...

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3 years ago

That Last Final Moment

Who declared politics
  a zero-sum sport

Where stadium’s freeze
  and statesmen abort

That last final moment
  in a sudden death game

With truth as the loser
  —forever in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Cancer

It takes from your body,
  as it steals from your spirit

Hope its main victim
  —promised future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Incarcerated Word

What was created to expose,
  now a fortress meant to hide

Bastions of higher learning,
  masking havens safe for lies

Where discourse once was treasured,
  the ivy droops and sighs

With comfort their true measure,
  the dilettantes all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Through The Keyhole Darkly

Through the keyhole darkly,
  he could now remember his name

Through the keyhole darkly,
  his medicine kicked in once again

Through the keyhole darkly,
  he knew his daughter by her...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Key

Poetry…
  the key to Cosmology

A question for every answer
  —in search of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Interment

Bury what you can with words
  —and remember the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Divergence

There are those who write poetically,
  and there are Poets
 
Eternity balances
  —on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

New Millennium's Curse

Compression ingestion
The world to implode
The numbers decreasing
  —resistance explodes

From diamond to carbon
Wheels spin in reverse
The groundhog, the treadmill
  —millennium’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Checks You Can't Cash

Do you live your whole life
  in a half empty space

Do you swear up and down
  your excuses defaced

Do you sing in a choir
  where the music has died

Do you brand all as liars
  as your tongue remains...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Master Or Ghost

Are you the hero
  in your recurring dream

Or the victim
  of a life undone

Are you the ambassador
  for all you esteem

Or a fugitive
  —a soul on the run

Are you a real friend
  beyond trial and strife

Whose allegiance
  now stalwart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Our Fated Selves

Folding in to convention,
Sealed in creases of acceptance,
Maligned and misled
By the false promises
Of a stolen heart,
We chase the white whale
Of validation
Into waters of denial…
  ‘Fury—the rallying cry
  of our vengeful spirit
  Hate—the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Too Close - Too Far

Too close to the flame…
  too far from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Loud And Wild

The power of the written word…
  the spoken word supreme

Ink to recommission,
  what only breath can glean

Soldiers line up back to back,
  letters ranked and filed

The command to march just given once
  —its war chant loud and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Present Instilled

Writing for tomorrow,
  today is enhanced

Writing for tomorrow,
  my mind and heart dance

Writing for tomorrow,
  my place is affirmed

Writing for tomorrow,
  my name is confirmed

Writing for tomorrow,
  the future reeled...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Fertile And Silent

Making love to the words,
  our tryst lasted till dawn

The sun now a blanket,
  covered verses to warm

Making love to the words,
  all new phrases to sleep

Resting fertile and silent
  —until daylight...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

In Shadows Grow

The mother lode of nighttime verse,
  arriving late
  —by Satan cursed

The dreamer wakes, all sleep forgoes,
  old words unbirthed
  —in shadows...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Open Fields

Are you judging from halls
  academic

Or from places where words
  cannot hide

Are your hours immersed in
  false reference

Or in a visceral pursuit
  that defies

All bias and excuse
  living tethered

In an ivy walled mansion
 ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Where Words Never Die

From whom was your legacy born,
  and where does your destiny lie

A voice calling out from the storm
  —a place where the words never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

This Moment At Hand

Living an eternity
  with each given day

The calendar a slave
  to the present foray

This moment at hand
  the only time you’re ordained

Exploding at once
  —over and over...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Your Lifeless Form

Do You Bore Yourself?

Do you rent the space
you’re standing in,
owning nothing in the end
but default?

Do you recycle words
until their utterance fails,
mistrusting your ability
to say what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Fear Now My Prey

Repelled by tradition
  and past status-quo

I enter the jungle
  where hides the unknown

Rejecting excuses
  and all that’s passé

My bow is drawn tightly
  —with fear now my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Veracity Returned

Lying to myself…
  the truth swimming free

Escaping prevarication,
  abandoning my schemes

The water got deep,
  its weight dragged and pulled

Till veracity returned
  —resuscitation...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

The Next Moonless Night

Its chain cut again…
  the demon is loose

Deep into the night,
  she hunts darker truths

The hallway’s back stairs,
  her favorite retreat

Pending daylight’s return,
  when her bite becomes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Together To Stand

The words once they’re spoken,
  notes and palettes enhanced

Not judged in reference,
  kindred spirits they dance

While music enlivens
  what phrases will say

A painting embodies
  what verses...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Black Rain

Choking on arrogance,
  occlusion unrhymed

The Reaper lies waiting,
  graveyard of Mimes

Choking on arrogance,
  last curse to remain

Spat into the wind
  —returning black...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Marking Time

Is your humanity held captive
  by your intelligence

Does your soul remain imprisoned
  for a self-inflicted crime

Are the wishes you made, abandoned,
  prisoners of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Turn The Page

When the freedom
  to think

And the ability to write
  are at odds

  —turn the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Rooted Within

Carrying them with me,
  traveling through time

Words seed my memory,
  new meter and rhyme

Spreading them freely,
  over days fallowed thin

New verses sprout upward
  —rooted...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Less Risk

The deeper the pond,
  the calmer the water

The older the wine,
  the richer the flavor

The longer the gaze,
  the sharper the picture

The fewer the words
  —less risk of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Impavida

Blood in my fountain pen,
  phrases in my gun

Blasts of rapid insight
  —words that never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

To Rage And Roar

My pen restrained and kidnapped,
  but ink bleeds evermore

Voices cry: “Something More Be Done”
  —fury to rage and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

A Choice

To those who seek acquaintance,
  I can’t and won’t befriend
 
No time that isn’t mortgaged,
  no hearts will I defend

Each day begins and ends
  with gifted words upon the page

My blood lay rediscovered,
  new memories to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Calling Inward

Are your wishes scribed in combat,
  are your hopes relined with pain

Is your motion found still wanting,
  as you climb the stairs again

Are your words now of this moment,
  is your verse free and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Dragons Caught

The tightness of the words
  protects the freedom of the thought

Whose voice when spoken gently
  —can silence thunder and dragons...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Last Domino

To change one word and rock the world,
  a verse now dancing free

Its weight unmeasured, breadth untold,
  whose key unlocks the dream

The bottle open, the genie gone,
  last domino to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Never Destitute

In the darkest final hours,
  I began to write

And my words once spoken new
  from scattered ashes light the sky

To begin and end each day
  caught up in beauty’s distant wake

All loneliness filled by pages lined
  with happiness and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In Cold Blood

War is not a career
  —but a calling

Where dreams become martyred
  in cold...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

Hiding From The Light

We worship inside the dark rapture
  of our own becoming

Hiding from the very light
  —that promises to show us the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 years ago

My Spirit Set Free

Poetry allows me to combine what I think with what I feel. It lets me drive toward a point while being pointless at the same time. The beauty of the metaphor masking the philosophical content, pulling the reader in without questioning why. Both...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Nighttime Has Answered

Will the words come,
  will the words go

Are they forever,
  how do I know

What do I think,
  what do I feel

Memory escapes,
  a spoke off the wheel

Written in blood,
  spoken in rhyme

Forever to echo,
  forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Living Unclaimed

Present ordained,
  past—future in shame

The Poet and Jester
  as one

Living unclaimed,
  free and unnamed

Archangel and Devil
 ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Sleeping With The Muse

Sleeping with the Muse,
  my nights have grown short

Sleeping with the Muse,
  all senses comport

Sleeping with the Muse,
  words dance with delight

Sleeping with the Muse,
  confronting my fright

Sleeping with the Muse,
  her will tests...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

If

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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

So Hard Undefined

Neither over nor under,
  ahead or behind

My position unreferenced,
  your judgment still blind

Not over or under,
  ahead or behind

So easy once labeled
  —so hard...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Hell Upon Earth

The livery on fire,
  its horses set free

Misery beckons,
  the future to bleed

The gates are broke open,
  all streets painted red

Death has awakened,
  life dragged from its bed

One bugle is left,
  blowing perdition’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Another Look

Another day with a voice
  —one more glimpse into...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Wanting Only To Rhyme

Before I could return to writing prose,
  the Muse kidnapped my pen by decree

Most days fully structured and measured on end,
  but tonight
  —words yearned to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Poet

Prince without a lineage
King without a throne

Master without servants
Lover of that unknown

Hearer of what’s unspoken
Seer of things divine

Lord among the jesters
Voice for all the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Gabriel Calls

My heart belongs to providence,
  as I walk that final mile

My footsteps bought and paid for,
  when I clear the last denial

My faith is bold and steadfast,
  a new rain begins to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Reborn

Is life about how many
  or then about how much

Is the truth in computation
  or in what those numbers touch

Is the measurement empiric
  with a final answer shown

Is salvation in the lyrics
  with the word count still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

A Warrior's Chant

Wrapping letters around
  the conflict

A war played out
  with words

The fury of shouted
  diction

Slaying enemies still
  unheard

Shooting vision
  into the onslaught

Attacking silence
  as legion’s advance

Loading insight into
  the...

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3 years ago

Divinity's Hymn

I sold my soul
  for new meter and rhyme

Trading salvation
  for a thing greater still

The joyful embrace
  of one hell damning phrase

Living immortal, perpetual
  —fulfilled

I sold my soul
  as the Devil...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

My Spirit Complete

Fusing thought with emotion,
  words come to life

Images eternal,
  feelings ignite

Lines play in concert,
  all stanzas to meet

My psyche impassioned
  —my spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No More Could I Seek

When my words are read
  by the common man

No higher praise could
  any writer stand

Awards and cheer
  from the seasoned elite

Pale when measured
  against those ‘in the street’

As I’m embraced
  by those ‘salt of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Life

You can wish and hope for a hundred years,
  or play the game a day at a time

You can focus on what’s at the end of the road,
  or squeeze three nickels from your very last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Fate's Retort

To live within the moment,
  and write as love does now befriend

  “Light shining brightest as
  hours grow short”

A beginning reunites with
  the journey’s end

  “Memory imploding
  on fate’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Apathy

Your head’s in the sand,
  the canary at hand

The coward inside you,
  his kingdom commands

Mired in apathy,
  lost in denial

One last Armageddon
  —the price of your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

War

A hemorrhaging madness…
  wounds bleeding again

Old stitches have broken
  death marking the end

Unsutured indemnity
  ensuring your pain

Flesh burning in enmity
  —uncauterized...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Thoughts And Prayers—Thine

The vineyard has ripened
  new words on the vine

The meanings have deepened
  new blessings Divine

The verses fermented,
  I drink unto thee

Consecration most sacred
  the blood pouring free

The vineyard has ripened
  fresh words on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

What Souls Hope To Find

An abundance of denial…
  your mind turns away
What spirit embraces,
  wealth hides and delays

  “The dignity of the old man
  in worn tattered clothes
  Frayed pants covering high
  button shoes, but not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

New Light Unspoken

Nocturnal flower
In need of sleep
Your petals wilt
The count for sheep

New dawn unpromised
The die is cast
A croupier wearing
Sun’s setting mask

Through endless courtship
Faith on the run
A Jester whispers
“Your dreams have...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Dragon's Fire

The Democrat party,
  all masters and slaves

G.O.P. left in tatters,
  their promises frayed

Haves lie to the have nots
  bright futures a whim

As the dragon’s fire burns
  —the thick with the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

New Melody

A chorus of enlightenment…
  awakens me again

With sheets still warm, my heart she bathes,
  all feelings wet within

Through steam I see her message clear,
  the mirror does...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Island & The Cloud

Between freedom and Instagram
  there is an island,
  where men go to be alone

An island of words
  in arresting colors,
  with meaning indicted—but seldom...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

One Of Us

We appreciate that cousin”
  said the Rebel to the Yank

As all glory left the battlefield
  where rows of corpses stank

“We appreciate that cousin”
  as the bullets set to fly

“But our family’s set upon itself
  —and one of us must...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

In Conflict

Poetic dyslexia,
  the words juxtapose

The meaning in crisis,
  where God only knows

Poetic dyslexia,
  all feelings collide

Emotions in conflict
  —a verbal...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Flashes

Good and bad are truisms…
  a qualitative masquerade

Ideology trumping feeling
  —in flashes of joy and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Magic Yours

You either bend and adapt,
  or then you break

The crux in the motion
  —your magic to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Dreams Allowed

Paved over deep,
  my thoughts below

Once brilliant shades
  of amber glow

The darkest light,
  I now befriend

Whose darkest thoughts,
  I sought to end

While further down,
  the chanting starts

No mockingbirds,
  no...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Grief Belies

A briefcase full of sorrow…
  the hiding place of tears

One trade to end all others
  excuse to lie and steal

The papers hide the story
  all documents in vain

As grief belies the glory
  —of a life that deals in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Safe From The Light

I lie down in the shadows
  where no one can reach me

My seventh and last
  place to hide

The sixth was a funeral,
  the fifth when in hospice

The fourth was each time
  that I lied

The third was a promise
  I made to a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

No Umbrella

Never asking for permission,
  always being sure

His head was held firmly,
  his mind had stayed pure

Never seeking your acknowledgement
  or umbrella against the rain

His words exploded thunder
  —truth pouring down...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Footnotes Of Pain

A book with no cover,
  a man with no name

Vowels dormant and muted,
  as consonants reign

A plot with no purpose,
  an ending refrained

Its message in conflict
  —with footnotes of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Death Be Not Imminent

The dreams of a soldier…
  dead bodies impound

A warrior’s spirit
  his enemy found

The battle once over
  a new war to find

Though death be not imminent
  —all sleep to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Walker

One foot in front of the other…
  that’s usually enough

One thought no longer indentured
  captive or rebuffed

One heart in search of love
  a new life to begin

One verse free and uncensored
  —your legacy to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Ashes Of Sin

A man must be measured
  to call himself such

Each storm must be weathered
  its helmsman so clutch

Fire must be extinguished
  for growth to begin

The seeds of new virtue
  —from the ashes of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Words

The eyes of a poet
The heart of a warrior
The soul of a prophet
  —but the words of a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Trailing Behind

Those footsteps ahead
  are now footsteps behind

The past but a memory
  the future declines

My cadence is slowing
  my direction unclear

When frozen in place
  on the wind I can hear

Quiet footsteps ahead
  louder footsteps...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

That Voice Inside

I once tried crossing over
  a bridge that silence built

And for mile after mile
  the quiet maimed and killed

My speech was dumb and dormant
  as I bided all my time

In hope of passing through the cracks
  the exit doors...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Feeling Beyond

Can your humanity
  transcend your intellect?

Can your love
  outlive your mind?

Can your reasons
  put your excuses to rest?

Can your vision
  survive being blind?

Can you rise above
  the factual?

Can you see
  beyond what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

One Truth

Deception wears many faces
  —the truth but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Aesthetics Price

Quantifying Art…
  quality by the pound

Feelings like hair, part
  —separation...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Day And Night

Some music takes me close…
  some pushes me further away

Feelings set free, feelings enchained
  day into night—night into...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Before The Fire

The eyes of the artist
  the spirit of man

The spark before the fire
  the vision—before the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Ancient Voices

All bareness forgiven
  the razors gone dry

The excuses all shaven
  no more asking why

A soul once abundant
  my face starts to fill

No sentence redundant
  no lines to go shrill

New destiny chosen
  man’s burden...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

The Dark Truth

Academia blocks real knowledge,
  Native Peoples will attest

So many wrappings covering their lies,
  each field does then arrest

With logic and ethics pointing the way,
  their path leads further...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Love's Delight

The pen became my instrument
  the words became my notes

The stanzas burn like songs on fire
  new voices scream with hope

The ink runs free and heavy
  the score in black and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

Time Untethered

My verse begins
  where logic ends

Escape its mission
  new light to bend

The easy answer
  the convenient close

Now left to others
  by others chose

Each phrase a path
  that leads inside

Beyond where dogma
  schemed and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago

My Legacy Planted

Mentally on the road
  while spiritually at home

My mind got to wander
  as my soul was at peace

Mentally on the road
  while spiritually at home

My thoughts got to ponder
  what only distance could...

by Kurt Philip Behm

added by Kurt Philip Behm
3 years ago