KurtPhilipBehm's Poems

Here's the list of poems submitted by KurtPhilipBehm  —  There are currently 4,042 poems total — keep up the great work!

Eternally Instant

The lies are uncountable
with only one truth
tomorrow and yesterday
masks to confuse

Behind bars of enchantment
our fantasy hides
programming our psyches
rewriting each lie

To hide from the moment
its present refused
whose message...

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Scripturam

Writing …
first last

 and always
—its own reward

(Dreamsleep: October, 2023)...

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Imagine

The square root
of -1
whose forest drops
a tree

Where hearing
goes holistic
no longer
by degree

What’s proven
first imagined

 true power
of the mind

Conceptual
enlightenment

 images
—divine

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Oh Henry

God save the king
but not the queen
Her neck awaits
the guillotine
Someone to blame
each sacrifice
The son he wanted
whose birth on ice

The throne half-vacant
one seat to fill
The royal maidens
appear at will
Which one will prosper
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But For One ...

Do you write to a standard
that isn’t your own
Do you pledge your allegiance
to a dilettante throne

Do you shut out your Muse
when her words pierce the skin
Do you think before feeling
looking out never in

Is your nighttime belabored
...

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Bridging The Present

Hope may wane
and wishes fade
but art forever keeps
Dawn till dusk
till dawn again
incessance buried deep
Sculptors sculpt
and painters paint
as writers seize the day
Creation’s bridge

 its toll insures
—tomorrow’s yesterday

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Fealty's Bow

Everything
points to something
the many to the one

Everyone
liege to someone
with fealty’s bow restrung

Everywhere
started somewhere
whose map undrawn curates

Every song
birthed in silence
—where voices incubate

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Be Careful What ...

Stealing fire from the gods
Prometheus would yearn
And pass it off to humankind
whose banishment interred

Their feet into the glowing coals
but faith out from the dark
Enlightenment a powder keg
—uncareful wishing sparks

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Front Page

The poetry of prayer …
elevation of the self
Every phrase to mark the path
with meanings higher dealt
Each word releases karma
that joy alone can free
The many none — but one the sum
of all that we can be

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

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One Angel

“The same as it was
before I arrived …
Some better, some worse
some forever contrived”

“With good and with evil
my battle is done
A trumpet plays distant
His will zero sum”

A ticket to punch
with time ever slight
The Reaper approaching...

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Pedants

Impress
with your meaning
not with your word choice
‘Labyrinth’
dallies
when ‘Mazes’ will do

Build
toward an ending
the shorter the better
The Bullet
strikes deepest
—straight fired and true

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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-Rebirth-

Continue to do
only positive things
Humanity’s outcome
your choices will bring
The darker the cloud
that brings on the rain
The fairer the meadow
—for Spring to reclaim

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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Dark Skies

In times of war
law remains silent
All doves in flight
—before the storm

(Dreamsleep: September,...

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Its Own Level

Like water
—Genius—
always finds a way

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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Two As One

She was desperately beautiful
terribly sublime
Her breath as sweet as candy cane
her skin just so divine
And when she walked the Angels stopped
to marvel and adore
Her every step a guiding light
her presence to allure
And then one day she...

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The Divide

Easier to know others
than knowing myself
Sentience numbing
what in a stranger is felt
Easier to reach out
than to look deep inside
This painfully obvious
—cognition’s divide

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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As I Wait

Call me darling
but never darlin
Call me lovely
but never cute
Call me warmly
from the snow bank
Call me your
forbidden fruit

Call me restless
dreams on fire
Call me once
when twice won’t do
Call my name
into the darkness
Call me
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'Orphaning The Moment'

Raging against tomorrow
blaming yesterday
Running in place—admonishing grace
denial on display
Cursing the past indentured
the future waits in vain
No place to hide—the truth inside
the moment left unnamed

(The New Room: September, 2023)...

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Orphaning The Moment

Raging against tomorrow
blaming yesterday
Running in place—admonishing grace
denial on display
Cursing the past indentured
the future waits in vain
No place to hide—the truth inside
the moment left unnamed

(The New Room: September, 2023)...

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Beneath The Veil

Silver lining happiness
though there
not often seen
In many shades of inference
ignoring red
and green
Slight handed and implicit
though felt
still out of view
Beneath the veil resplendent
and known …
to only you

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New Reasons

The older the day

  the sweeter the memory

The sweeter the memory

  new reasons to find

New reasons to find

  tomorrow unmentioned

Tomorrow unmentioned
—the present Divine

(Villanova Pennsylvania: July,...

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'Madonna's Last Hymn'

I’m on my fourth lifeline
how about you
The first three pre-owned
the current one new
This one seems fleeting
which gives me concern
My freezer is empty
no steaks left to burn
The first one was blissful
the second had pain
The third one...

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Just One

Trying to write a lyric
my words reduce to verse
The euphony escaping me
adrift as I converse

Though joy is sorely tempered
these letters soldier on
In hope of just one melody
—in hope of just one song

(Bryn Mawr College: September,...

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'Like A Child'

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

(First Book Of Prayers: May,...

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Giving Me Back

Laura returned in a dream tonight
to remind me of who I was
Leading me toward a waxing moon
she sang of hope and love
Pulling me close she kissed my lips
as her breath refilled my soul
Giving me back unto myself
—with a joy that time had...

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Towers Of Shame

Academicians …
masticating and

 grinding their ‘truth’
Spewing out
what they would have us swallow
in gagging choking egotism
Regurgitating it back
in the toxic chunder
of a narcissistic reality
Papering the walls
of modern thought
with...

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"Full Circle"

Take it …
but don’t take it lightly
Step up …
but don’t miss a step
Reach out …
both hands clasped together
Arrive …
without having left

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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'Full Circle'

Take it …
but don’t take it lightly
Step up …
but don’t miss a step
Reach out …
both hands clasped together
Arrive …
without having left

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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Damnation

You might not like it
you may not agree
But religion’s the problem
the real enemy
A blind ideology
that kills to maintain
A false image of God
to blaspheme and profane
The Koran—the Crusades
the excuses—the lies
Fanatical visions
the...

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Grace

The farther I get from religion
the closer I get to God
Clouds blown free—new imagery
a seed in Heaven’s pod

The farther I get from the papal bull
the closer His voice I hear
Grace so blessed—divine GPS
directions loud and clear

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'Trapped'

The distant echo
of my lost awareness
rings the canyon walls

No clear way out
one final shout
—benighted to recall

(Dreamsleep: September,...

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'Beyond The Rim'

The universe got smaller
as my mind expanded out
The limits of imagination
endless in redoubt

Each flash the moment changes
passing light that rushes in
The cosmos but a blinking eye
—when out beyond the rim

(Dreamsleep: September,...

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'Present Perfect'

Bloom where you’re planted
teach what you know
Love who you married
reap what you sow

Question the answers
mean what you say
Turn up the music
—live for today

(Dreamsleep: September,...

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Today I Fast

A bigger bite of life
for a hunger meant to last
Insatiable inherence
starvation my repast

Partaking of tomorrow
in dreams of future feasts
Anticipations banquet
—where ravenous I eat

(Dreamsleep: September,...

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'One Last Dance'

My heart stays in Wyoming
but Montana calls my name
My spurs and bits ‘a jingling’
as my soul goes north again
Cody up through Beartooth Pass
Cooke City just below
The Great Divide off to my left
the glaciers ringed with snow
I stop to mourn...

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An Angel Sings

Not connected
end to end
each prayer
stands alone

The beginning, middle,
end of each
unleashed, untethered,
homage shown

But when
they find each other
in a prescience
most sublime

An Angel sings
their wedding vows
with Heaven’s...

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Warrior Poet

Deadly to his enemies
confusing to his friends

While faithful to his writing
injustice he portends

Furious in times of war
in peace his vision burns

But past the fray inside his words
a gentler spirit yearns

Salvation long then...

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Catching Tomorrow

Chasing a memory
wrapped in a moonbeam
Lighting the darkness
—freeing the words

(Dreamsleep: September,...

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Becoming The Messiah

I believe in Jesus
I believe in Buddha
I believe in Mohammed
—divinity shared

I believe in grace
I believe in epiphany
I believe in tomorrow
—the promise it bears

I believe in man’s ability
to rise above his nature
religion the jailer...

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Last Shot

Stalking a dream
trailing a memory
A scent came in focus

  wafting desire

Seized by the moment
alluding a time warp
Tracking its shadow
ambush on fire

Covered in greasepaint
fear is approaching
Hearing its footsteps
the jungle...

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"A Grin Without A Cat"

Zero to the thousandth power
logic on the run
Oblongata left in pieces
nothing zero-sum

Squaring the root unto itself
Euclid at the cliff
A equals B as B disappears
the quotient nondescript

Hickory Dickory’s mouse on the run
though...

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The Drought

Abbots of darkness
bishops of pain
Cloistered in dogma
praying for rain

Thunderous chanting

 tempest above
Damning false prophets

 blessing a dove

Grace comes a hailstorm
Coventry’s shame
Lost in its downpour
thirst to remain
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'Salvation Divine'

This poem I read
at the end of my life…

As I bid you adieu
from the joy and the strife

A verse filled with hope
and with love from within

To carry inside you
my song on the wind

I’ll try not to preach
as others have done

But...

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Burial Row

Born of perdition’s rage
and damnation
his life was spent in vain

Orphaned by every dead-end street
where darkness hides
the greatest pain

Fear his lone relation
among shadows
with no escape

Living disowned on burial row
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Uno Mas

Life’s about distance
and lack of control
A search for redemption
someone to console
Closer than farther
then farther again
A distant horizon
new history to fend
Excuses are many
the reasons but few
Voices heard calling
though old were...

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Either Nor / Neither Or

Politics
the wedge
that splits
our kinship
Trapping
what we feel
inside
our thoughts
Mutually
excluding
what fate
has destined
Zero sum
prison
allegiance
—bought

(The New Room: September,...

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1967

Swallowing
lightning
Teasing
the bear
Dharmic
illusions
Circling
a square

Trapping
a rainbow
Embracing
the clowns
Rewriting
language
Up
getting down

Stripping
the moment
Wishes
that fly
Summer
of love
Timeless

 goodbyes
...

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Dark Itinerant

Wafting in the unmistakable scent
of poor choices
Grifting in the prodigal valley
of mistakes
Loitering in the tenement
of false witness
Wandering along the highway
—of forgotten dreams

(Dreamsleep: September, 2023)...

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Beyond Measure

There’s no greater distance
—than closeness lost

(Dreamsleep: August,...

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Jester In Transit

Bending a breaking point
rupturing time
Eons of history
skirting the line

Paradox native
our true D.N.A.
Truth as a concept
forever in play

Yessing and noing
transfixed in between
The jester in transit
all canons demeaned

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'Imprisoned'

What do the years mean
when they come to an end
their number a prison
if hearts cannot mend

A month or a decade
results but the same
when love is abandoned
—there’s nothing but pain

(Dreamsleep: August, 2023)...

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Dusk To Dawn

Life …
changes color
when twilight returns
Darkness
a palette
remixing your doubt
Stars

 a backdrop
canvassed with unknowing
Rainbows
left truant
—moon shadows about

(Dreamsleep: August,...

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Loki's Revenge

A demon’s playing
but no one’s listening
Black whirlwind coming
tomorrow hissing

The moment christened
in dark despair
Entrapping vision
beyond repair

A mantra chanting
its rhythm waning
Despoiled virtue
with time refraining

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Hypostasis

The only thing
we can be sure of
is death

The only one
we truly know
is ourself

Every time
a moment’s lost
a memory’s gained

Every time
creation mourns
—tomorrow cries

(Dreamsleep: August, 2023)...

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Empty Barrels

Is most of your life spent
alone in the dark
Hiding from rainbows
in colorless spite
The sun waits a mistress
the evening a whore
That paid by the hour
exposes your blight

Professing in earnest
those things you don’t know
Whose...

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Michael's Call

The closer we get
to Godlike
the more welcome
death will be

Returning home
no longer
alone
—the answer question free

(First Book Of Prayers: August, 2023)...

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Killing Us Softly

It’s the things
we love
that destroy us
Taken inside
beyond
cover and shield

Killing us
softly
killing us sure
Lambs to the
slaughter
—heartache congealed

(Dreamsleep: August,...

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Dust Jacket Quotes

Left (front) Dust Jacket Quote:

“The bats in the tower

 rats in the barn
Night befits cowards
who run from the storm”


Right (rear) Dust Jacket Quote:

“When the woods are full of the enemy
—start your fire at their...

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Morte Corona

Running from
the voice of my conscience …
who’s deceiving who
Guilt ridden fear
embedded too dear
one and one still two
Trying to change
what’s inherent
my thoughts both twist and bend
With words falling deaf
death’s coronet
—judgment...

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Far Away Soundings

Dominatrix of silence
leather clad temptress
enchaining the moment
in bondage allured

Her fear but a prison
of far away soundings
and seraphic voices
—the future insures

(Dreamsleep: August, 2023)...

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Mendacium

Killing a memory
—birthing a lie

(Dreamsleep: August, 2023)...

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'Till Dawn'

Are you frightened by things
that return in the night

 things that crawl inward

 things lost from sight

Is darkness a veil
to hide and conceal
what daylight sends running
what daylight reveals

Your memory a spring
that evening coils...

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Saint Peter Waits ...

Light
bids me welcome
darkness retreats
Alas
poor death
thou must be alone
His gate
reopens
before yours has locked
The harp
of an Angel
—calling me home

(The 1st Book Of Prayers: August, 2023)...

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Time Warrior

The child of
a desert wind
and a mystery …
he swept across the land

Knighting each moment
with martial intent …
death
at his command

All enemies chosen
with glorious care …
each battle
zero sum

His legend immortal
written in...

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The Drawbridge Closes

Old age brings
delusion
Youth the vengeful
liar
Caught between
confusion reigns
As time restokes
the fire

Tweedledee
and Tweedledum
The Brothers Grimm
delight
What doesn’t rob
by light of day
Will steal from you
at night

Wisdom...

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When The Music's Over

Never able to break on through

 caught in the time capsule
of yesterday’s tomorrow
he wandered alone …
Searching the darkened streets
of Santa Monica
hearing the music—chasing the words
dancing as demons followed behind
Channeling ancient...

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Waxing Arrhythmic

The way they come to me
the way that they’re heard
And written in haste
whether rich or absurd
Each vowel from the anthem
of consonant rhymes
Pronouncing arrhythmic
with hopes to define
Religiously deigning
the blood from my pen
New...

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80 / 20

I could write a sonnet
or maybe a play
I could have gone epic
in hopes to relay
What snippets say better
in stations of rhyme
And carry within them
—a power sublime

(Dreamsleep: August, 2023)...

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Spirit Reborn

I have been wrong
more times than I’m right
Intentions misguided
in search of the light
Each time I have stumbled
each time that I’d fall
New chance for redemption
those voices on call
My pathway hard trodden
the ruts and the stones
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Artist's Lament

What did I leave
my family
What have I left
to my kids
What did we share
together
Why would they ever
forgive
The things I kept
inside me …
The times I sat
alone …
The things I hid
in silence …
Those times
—that haunt me so

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Verba Artis

Words are like paint
your voice is the brush
The image though spoken
both vivid and lush

Each page but a portrait
your canvas when bound
Today and tomorrow
—eternity’s sound

(The New Room: August,...

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As Wheels Fall Off ...

A simulated consciousness
beyond our will to choose
Defying Einstein, Bohr, and Hume
where logic stands defused

The matter at hand can’t matter
when rules unwrite themselves
An order once thought preordained
—entropic and indwelt

(The...

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Last Riff

Pounding each key
like a Fender Rhodes
the computer bent and wailed
Bits and bytes
of encrypted language
messages derailed

Memory freezes
last chance rebooted
restart zero-sum
The riff uncapped
its printout fading
—typeface on the run
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Veritas Rex

Nothing more powerful
than speaking the truth
Pangs of deception
beguile uncouth
Spoken immortal
knighted profound
Today and tomorrow
—veracity crowned

(Dreamsleep: July,...

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Waiting For An Answer

Sleep, sleep,
tiny footsteps of death
walking through my dreams
hiding from the light

Calling out my name,
waiting for an answer
guardian of the exit
—to damn or delight

(The New Room: August, 2023)...

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Haunting Silences

Whispers …
deep inside my pillow
Reminding
of each fleeting voice
trapped beyond the wind

Memories …
bending like a willow
Weighing down
my broken dreams
—the future lost within

(Dreamsleep: August,...

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Amicis

Friends …
commitment beyond blood

 diamonds among pearls
—family of choice

(Dreamsleep: August, 2023)...

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No Curtain Call

As we age
death
reclaims us
Stealing
our youth
and then our hope

In the ground
where
memories rot
Willing us
nothing
—but the dark

(Dreamsleep: August,...

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Day By Day

The only thing permanent
about peace
—is impermanence

(Dreamsleep: July, 2023)...

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Dreams Steal Away

Everything tended
to darken around her
The light from the sun
all feelings deferred

Her winter foreboding
sucks air from the room
Constant denials
predictions of doom

Pawning tomorrow
the price of today
Happiness bartered
her dreams...

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'No Last Goodbye'

You never really lose a friend
forever in your heart
Truant both to time and age
their love will not depart
You never say that last goodbye
with feelings much too strong
Memories real as real can be
—eternal they belong

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'Free Of Structure'

I think a lot of my name
but little of my signature
The letters left bleeding
as they die on the page
Endorsing a memory
in the hearts of my readers
The words free of structure
—immortality assuaged

(Dreamsleep: July 25, 2023)...

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Free Of Structure

I think a lot of my name
but little of my signature
The letters left bleeding
as they die on the page
Endorsing a memory
in the hearts of my readers
The words free of structure
—immortality assuaged

(Dreamsleep: July 25, 2023)...

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'Last Domino'

When does pursuing knowledge
become undone
Letting intuition
take over the day

Why does raw intelligence
die zero sum
Factually blinded
—last domino played

(The New Room: July, 2023)...

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Repudium Tempus

Time
divorces from memory
Moments
refocused sublime

Lost
in sequential detachment
Freeing the message
—unsigned

(The New Room: June, 2023)...

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Straight Emes

Words serve the meaning
and not the form
To awaken the morning
in spirit reborn

Each phrase as created
each couplet of verse
In praise of itself
—the structure to curse

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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Tanabata Sama

People in love
say many things
only lovers understand
Hearing voices
ringing bells
that time cannot command
People in love
go hand in hand
to course the Milky Way
Promises made
as joy unlocks
—forever and a day

(The New Room: July,...

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Last Refrain

Headed toward oblivion
my voice adrift below
Each chapter that I wrote carefree
buried in the flow

 
Standing on a rocky ledge
whose cliff calls out my name
My last and final step awaits
—goodbye my last refrain

(Dreamsleep: July,...

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I Dub Thee ...

Being self-titled
aristocrat pure
Heraldry solemn

 liege a du jour

Knighted in fealty

 loyalty’s throne
Crusading triumphant
—honor atoned

(Dreamsleep: July,...

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Night Stalker

One who sleeps
with dreams unwed
—can never divorce the beast

(Dreamsleep: July,...

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Veritas

When an honest man says nothing
—you forever hear his heart

(Dreamsleep: July, 2023)...

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Lineage Holds

A man loses his father
and adulthood begins
Bathwater draining
the baby within

A son who is sireless
new destiny’s child
Whose choice is to run
or to stand and beguile

Alone with his memories
one image sustains
The voice but a whisper...

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Solomon's Cloak

Truth is not an absolute
but an attitude of commitment
Throwing its blanket decidedly
over questioning and doubt
Paying deference to the moment
while blessing its intention
Choices made and choices bade
—verbatim roundabout

(Dreamsleep:...

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Born To Wander

Rejected by parents
forsaken alone
One choice left to make
forever to roam

The cost ever paying
their wages of sin
Steps of abandonment
traipsing within

To beg or to borrow
the future on loan
The price of tomorrow
each moment...

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Shades Of Gray

Crossing a line
to do the right thing
Truth staring back
—the mirror is king

(Dreamsleep: July,...

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Auto-Pay

Buying tomorrow
one day at a time
Each moment invested
in freedom sublime
The future remortgaged
all lien holders paid
The past earning interest
—on fortune today

(The New Room: July, 2023)...

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Owning Tomorrow

All possibility is endless
in time

Extending the moment
—forever defined

(Dreamsleep: July, 2023)...

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End Game

Asking for your support
not your agreement
I looked into your eyes
Seeing rejection
your stare blank and cold
our connection was untied

Your words became hollow
your touch nondescript

 new distance did we share
Alone while together
the...

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Twin Sisters

Damning two lies
with only one truth
Deception remixes
like gin and vermouth

Jumping from one
as the other got hot
Port in the storm
where perdition is fraught

Grace in short order

 with blessings denied
Thomas redoubting

 all...

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'Itinerantur'

Travel …
strange bedfellows
made of us all
Crossing
the threshold
hesitancy stalls
Calling us
forward
the moment attacked
Hiding
our fortunes
—the future on track

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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Voices Uniting

Reblessing the virtues
that time can’t bestow
Heaven awakens
a world far below

The sinner is sainted
the prophet a king
Words join in prayer
as eternity sings

The order reorders
from many comes one
Voices uniting
in breath zero sum

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Cross-Over

Life is a panacea
—on the other side of fear

(Dreamsleep: July,...

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'Solo Uno'

If one person remembers …
a legacy yet

If one person remembers
old feelings reset

If one person remembers
the words to reform

If one person remembers
—tomorrow reborn

(The New Room: July, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Last Rhyme

Smiling the same smile
Making the same mistakes
Walking the same path
Singing the same songs

Dreaming the same dreams
Loving the same girl
Breathing the same air
Righting the same wrongs

Signing the last truce
Reaching the last fork
...

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'Dreamsleep'

Returning
to a sleep
reality abandons

You become
what you dream
—so forever sleep well

(Dreamsleep: July, 2023)...

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'Aeternum'

Never
let reality
kill a good fantasy

Never
let the moment
be captured in time

Never
let decision
trump a new instinct

Never
say never
—forever sublime

(Dreamsleep: July, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Devil's Ink

Depravity’s eye
is looking back
its eyelid heavy
its pigment black

A twisted image
as yet profane
A sinner’s focus
of sharpened pain

Depravity’s eye
will never blink
With tears of sorrow
the devil’s ink

Forever watching
the future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Call Of The Wild

Last night
as the sun went down
I heard the highway call
Distant echoes
soul astir
the leaves not quite yet fall

Last night
that voice cried out again
from places far away
And like before
my feet unsure
—of what my heart will say

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Eternity's Inverse

The blackest hole
of poetic intent
Light spinning inward
no chance of escape
Eluding the eyes
collapsing the meaning
Time in dilation
direction opposed
Energy waning
one word is emitted
Superpositioned
—the last dying star

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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White Whale

Writing a torrent
hoping for one

Words are endemic
tide zero-sum

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Newton's Cradle

The poetry of mathematics
—modernity’s pox

(Dreamsleep: June, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Horae's Lyre

Making eternity
out of a moment
Escaping
the pretense of time
Beginnings
and endings
Falling away
in one enduring rhyme

Making eternity
bend to my will
An Angel
comes to dance
Wings on fire
Horae's lyre
The instant christened
...

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"All The King's Horses ..."

Greed
the harbinger
of loves rejection

The Mirror
once cracked
—its image maligned

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New Horizons

As a poet it pays
to travel around
And visit new words
in verse still unfound

The time and the place
you hold in your hand
To barter the truth
as beauty withstands

As a poet it’s wise
to cross every line
To scale every mountain
with...

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The Road

24 hours
alone with myself
the road goes on and on

24 hours
in my own space
exemption rides along

24 hours
eternity breached
its imagery returns

24 hours
tomorrow today
whose light forever burns

24 hours
becoming undone
the...

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Truth (above & beyond)

Above party
Above caste
Above station
Above place
Above state
Above nation
Above riches
Above race

And the reasons
And excuses
And the grief
And the shame
And the guilt
And the sanctions
And the blood
And the stain

Beyond...

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Final Word

Tapering to a point
time pierces the veil
Unharvested moments
a gardener’s tale
Dug from the furrows
a voice has been freed
Whose final word spoken
—eternity’s seed

(Septa R5: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Marking The Secrets

Violence deceives
in the absence of love

 masking a template
that fits like a glove

Destruction and madness
call from within
where lies have embedded
in footnotes to sin

Violence festers
in spirit deformed
to strike ever constant
...

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Tracks Of Attila

When the woods are full of the enemy
—start your fire at their backs

(From My Novel—Approaching Storm: June, 2023)...

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'McAllen Blues'

The invasion upon us
attacked by a neighbor
no village is safe
their scourge overruns

The enemy dressed
as civilian turistas
our border wide open
and freely they come

No shots have been fired
or prisoners taken
the keys to our arsenal
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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McAllen Blues

The invasion upon us
attacked by a neighbor
no village is safe
their scourge overruns

The enemy dressed
as civilian turistas
our border wide open
and freely they come

No shots have been fired
or prisoners taken
the keys to our arsenal
...

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Memories Of Graham Greene

The only way to escape the jungle
—is in self delusion

(Saigon: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Thoughts Go Away

If you write everyday
sometimes you get lucky
As words come together
and thoughts go away

The feelings take over
as silence retraces
What memory has bartered
—your fortune to say

(The New Room: June,...

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Now & Forever

We all are a masterpiece
cast in His likeness
Blessed to remember
and never forget

What God predetermines
an Angel delivers
New light in the darkness
—tomorrow reset

(The First Book Of Prayers: June, 2018)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Unum Carmen

Too many good thoughts
so many bad poems
The bridge to forever
exacting its toll
Too many to count
just one to remember
As beauty releases
—redeeming the soul

(The New Room: June, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Life Reclaimed

Man is predestined
to destroy his world
Consciously damning
‘free choice’ unfurled

An apex predator
upon himself
No rhyme or reason
or logic dealt

Self-destruction
his stock in trade
His nature foreign
to all else made

Killing his...

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'Freed In Song'

Caught within a dying art form
a lyricist passed by
(saying)
“Music is my lord and master
it makes the phrases fly”

Writing lines of words unwedded
the ink once dry is set
Time and memory freed in song
—the poet to forget

(Villanova...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Freed In Song

Caught within a dying art form
a lyricist passed by
(saying)
“Music is my lord and master
it makes the phrases fly”

Writing lines of words unwedded
the ink once dry is set
Time and memory freed in song
—the poet to forget

(Villanova...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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"The Reckoning"

Feel its fury
hear it roar
Avenging Angel

 vengeance born

Apostatic

 idols vain
Bear the sentence
its will proclaims

Chants of guilt
awaken sinners
From their dark
infected dreams

O’er the mountains
to the ocean
Heaven’s rage
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Trickster Of Seville

Trying too hard
to appear he’s not trying
Saying too much
without saying a thing
Shapeshifting lover
the fire his mistress
Locked in an image
—whose essence is damned

(The New Room: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Forever As One

The Taiji of life
may it ever be so
Driving the artist
and poet who know
The Yin and the Yang
to marry sublime
Truth as their offspring
—whose beauty defines

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Heavenly Terms

Owing a debt
you can never repay
Beatitudes leveraged
salvation in play

Moments beholden
to all that’s to come
Providence calling
in voices unsung

Eternally liable
the invoice sublime
Whose terms reverential
the bursar Divine

The...

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SummerRain

Painting with words
speaking in colors
Palette of voices
—rainbow Divine

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Voice Of Acceptance

An orphan of destiny
whose birthmark disowns
A life spent indentured
his spirit on loan

Caught in a time warp
unable to leave
The future in chains
contentment bereaved

A child of the moment
left on the streets
Time as his captor
in...

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Never Ask ...

You’re a Poet
—you don’t need permission

(Dreamsleep: June, 2023)...

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Ashes In Shame

Bush drivers and plumbers
don’t start the wars
The nurse or school teacher
too busy inured
What’s common among us
with tasks to withstand
The elected entitled
our blood on their hands
Without a real job
and whose terms don’t expire
They...

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Fathering Tears

The semen of tomorrow’s rage
burning undelivered
waiting for perdition's womb
vengeance baptized—christened tears

The seed that carries darkness on
planted in the shadows
hiding what we most despise
hatred pregnant—birthing fear

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Heaven's Gate

Reaching into the
public conscience
words are tokened free

Blowing fresh holes
through blind indenture
light for all to see

Reaching into the
common ledger …
its double-entry fate

Paying the debt
on tomorrow’s maelstrom
—seeking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Abandoning The Watchtower

Dylan got bitten
hard by fame
and though wounded
continues to tour

A thundering
majesty
in makeup and veils
jesters by the score

Divorced from
his wandering
a pilgrim of dreams
the past too great a cost

A caricature
of genius...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Unburdening

The dawn of
forgiveness
The death of
old pain
The choice that
releases
The end of
disdain

Unwrapping
tomorrow
Regifted
today
The loneliest
moments
Beyond
—yesterday

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Half—life

Remembering to forget
I forgot to remember

What leaves in the morning
returns with the night

The past in abeyance
a temporary shelter

Embedded in memory
—the wrong and the right

(The New Room: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Timor Negavit

The death of tomorrow
rebirthed in stone
Its sculptor blinded
by fear unknown

The future vacant
the past denied
Where carved in darkness
—an image cries

(The New Room: June, 2023)...

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My Embrace

Rearranging discordant thoughts
memories fall in place
Like keys upon a Steinway
awaiting my embrace

Sharp notes lead, the flats behind
as I replay the past
Chords when struck connecting all
—in harmonies recast

(Dreamsleep: June, 2023)...

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The Time & The Place

East of tomorrow
west of the moon
A moment in time
too late and too soon

Playing a love song
that hides in delight
Calling us upward
through storms in the night

East of tomorrow
west of the moon
Our past and our future
uncouple and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Chasing Perdition

The White Whale
Atlantis
or Holy Grail

Avarice and greed
destruction
prevails

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Traitorous Fortune

Unlocking the vault
invested with pain

Its riches long stolen
all value is stained

Each bill tells a story
of wantonness greed

With truth sold for dollars
whose printing now bleeds

Locked up in a winter
of coldness and fear

A...

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Magic Reclaimed

The power of one word
a sentence to shame
Whose meaning suborted
and magic reclaimed

Only one syllable
quiets the storm
Where poets can dream
—in beauty reborn

(The New Room: June 9,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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'Approaching Storm'

From my new novel, 'Approaching Storm'


The winds of war have called again
courage summoned—to befriend
Through evil darkness blowing strong
we face the threatened coming dawn...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Across The Fence

The writer always
wants to sing
And the singer
wants to paint
The painter fancies
he could dance
To the dancer
songs conflate

The greenest grass
it seldom grows
Where you now
make your bed
As wishes stray
and hopes betray
What...

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A Wounded Dog ...

From the sound of the bugle
in the rush of the wind
The bodies are counted
as grieving begins

In the morrow replaying
as blood spills again
The enemy forward
whose countenance grim

The courage of many
all acting as one
Their wills long...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Wings Of Light

Why then poetry …
why not prose
the answer prescient
to those who know

On wings of light
it comes unsought
abrupting time
on breezes caught

Why then poetry …
the world in verse
within whose lines
the Bards converse

The oldest...

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To Astrud

A voice that still haunts me
and lives in my dreams
The first time I saw her
a boy of sixteen

She lived just a mile
from where I am now
A treasure so hidden
to whose memory I bow

The Samba and Rio
she took me along
Yet barely a man
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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A L'affut

In rhythms of today
the silence of tomorrow
Where promise lies waiting
—for hope unfulfilled

(Dreamsleep: June,...

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Birthrights In. Limbo

In the beginning …
the past and future
were orphans
Lost in a silence
unnamed until
spoken
Waiting in anticipation
their birthrights
in limbo
The present expanding
its moment
—christened free

(The New Room: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Time Lost

The smallest possible infinity
divorced from first and last
A black hole caught inside itself
—time lost in future’s past

(Villanova University: June,...

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Diamonds & Pearls

An Old-Man-Child
in an adult world
Alone in their gather
of cocktails and swirl

Again but an alien
as when he was eight
The steps to acceptance
he’s loathe to retrace

The pomp and the patter
falls deaf on his ears
Each slap on the back...

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Mea Culpa

Living within the madness
the echoes come and go
Channeling everything left unsaid
in phrases yet to know

Time suspended, barriers down
the walls come crashing in
Each voice a memory which haunts sublime
—that unforgiven sin

(Dreamsleep:...

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Dos Infiernos

Trapped between two hells …
we manufacture one
as we flee from the other

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Spiritus Sancti

The divinity of art
hiding in the folds
Draping o’er the multitudes
placing time on hold

Its pristine encumbrance
so gently it calls
Speaking to our purity
transcending the small

The divinity of art
in all of its forms
Its music...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Woebegone

No matter who you vote for
the government gets in
Left or right, day brings night
with colors gray and thin

The better parts of nature
get worse as time goes on
Bilateral infection
whose cure is woebegone

As hubcaps change in order
the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Treasure Of Remembrance

Once committed to memory
the ownership sublime
Entitlement within your thoughts
caught in every line

Deep within your consciousness
intuition’s deed holds fast
Spelling out your right to own
—the only thing that lasts

(The New Room: May,...

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Mundum Pati

Often,

 one who can
… wont
More often,
one who can’t
… will

Reluctance
by the
one
Arrogance
by the
other

—and the world to suffer their consequence

(The New Room: May,...

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Eros On Fire

Do you remember falling in love
the very time and place
Did you surrender within its bliss
showering in its grace

Do you remember the harps that played
angels in the choir
Your last breath taken, heart pounding free
—cupid of desire

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Moment After Moment

Memories
of the future
Stolen
from the past
Caught within
tomorrow’s web
All of time
recast

Moment
after moment
Living
on the run
Embracing all
that’s come to be
And all
—that’s yet to come

(Dreamsleep: May, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Aeternum

Art bridges the distance
between forever

 and today

Crossing o’er the cosmos
of eternity
—relayed

(Dreamsleep: May, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Katharine The Great

Bigger than every stage
she commanded
Greater than the sum
of her parts
Braver than the men
who adored her
Sharper than the image
—that endures

(Tribute To Hepburn-Bryn Mawr College: May, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Jewels Of Fire

The other side
of knowing
A padlocked world
of dreams
Whose key is tattooed
on my hope
Till opened
unredeemed

A treasure chest
of wisdom
Whose prescience
zero sum
Instinct crowned
in jewels of fire
Burning
—to become

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Farce Goes On

Makeup never hides the truth
the camera sees it all
Sharply focused through the pain
each mask a futile pall

As clowns embrace the actor’s fears
in painted frozen smiles
The farce goes on in word and song
—a masquerades denial

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Madame

She was often better
but never good
Her virtue tainted
misunderstood

Her nights a mystery
each day in shame
The rumors spreading
each one to blame

The men who knew her
that man who left
Impassioned bookends
of time bereft

She was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Uncharted

Let the moment continue
there’s no peace to make
no past to refight
or future at stake

Uncharted not lost
forever inbound
the instant repeating
—with memory refound

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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So Close — So Far

My ambitions elitist
reality bourgeois
My palate continental
taste buds still raw
My ambition ennobled
vocation unhailed
My reality sordid
—future travailed

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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3 Card Monte

Gather your false prophets
and sycophants

 Bury your heads
in the deepest sand

Tell the same lies

 as you sing to the choir

 Slave to the mirror
—and sleight of hand

(Dreamsleep: May, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The—Dance

He had more past
than future
his rope was
getting thin
The choices made
the debts he paid
lost time
the biggest sin

His memory out
for barter
to change that
yet to come
For one last chance
to do the dance
whose music
—zero sum

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Sinking To Find

In search of my shadow
in the torrent of kings
I wade through the current
of all other things

Alone treading water
my essence bemired
This river a dungeon
of banished desire

I reach out to grab it
it motions away
To outline my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Big Sky

Too big to absorb
Montana at hand
Its distance won’t focus
Montana at hand
Two eyes not enough
Montana at hand
Forever illusive
—Montana at hand

(Dreamsleep: May, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Moody—Blues

What have we but life
both first and last
The rest an illusion
—of future’s past

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Moody Blues

What have we but life
both first and last
The rest an illusion
—of future’s past

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Ode To Kant

If time is a prior assumption
—all else falls into line

(Villanova University: May, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Mute Soundings

Trapped in between the lyric
and music
Wandering in a rhythm
of lost expectation
Blaming each note still unplayed
and unwritten
The echoes distend
in a moment’s undoing

Hearing a chorus
when no choir is present
Voices imagined
to sing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Lord's Mirror

When given the moon
don’t ask for the stars
Light when reflected
—from Heaven afar

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Lamb Off The Altar

The birthmark of Satan
a spherical star
Old curse in the distance
new devils at war

His prophecy stolen
the markings of Cain
Madonna the virgin
rebirth unattained

Melody of darkness
blasphemies hymn
The garden left burning
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Memory's Treasure

Yesterday’s future
tomorrow today
subsuming transcendence
in all that we say

Perpetually present
the time to recall
all life in this moment
whose instant befalls

Begin a new ending
to whirl in the wind
the clock a reminder
its hour...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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New Deal

Standing on the edge of forever
walking the tightest rope
Looking down into tomorrow’s abyss
devoid of any hope

The bottom rushing toward me
if one mistake is made
A footpath to a broken dream
too numb to be afraid

My past missteps...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Time Sojourned

Visiting like an old friend
the song returned
Carrying memories
of time sojourned
Freeing the past
with lyrics sublime
Embracing the future
in melodies of rhyme

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Muerte Intus

Ever the temptress
whose motion deceives
There’s only one cure
for desires strip tease

She points and she lingers
distance her charm
Night her undressing
the smoke to disarm

She dares you to touch
while pulling away
Stripping emotion
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Incepcion'

The physics of poetry
—creation of the self

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Dark Effigy

Is your ear corrupted
by what you see
Are the sounds distorted
in blind relief
Do the voices sleep
in images gone
Does a nightmare deafen
—tomorrow’s song

(Dreamsleep: April, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Die Section

Carving nature at the joints
the scalpel glistens clean
Motion severed night from day
all stillness duly preened

Slicing creation half by half
its essence caught between
Feasting on marrow dripping free
—trapped inside a dream

(Saint...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Vagrant Moments

Memories are expensive
spent on looking back
Unpaid moments lost in time
debts for what we lack
Overdue nostalgia
debiting supreme
Clouded statements left unrhymed
—mortgaging our dreams

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Orphaned Time

We said goodbye
the night we met
fate our child
to bear

Star crossed love
in orphaned time

 betrothed stillborn
—affair

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Hearts On The Run

The power of poetry
to drive away love
A surrogate impostor
indentured above
Whether spoken or written
its message the same
All feelings imprisoned
in words that explain

When waxing poetic
the birds and the trees
Laughing not with you
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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Felicitas

Stay true to your words
embattle the storm
With rudder set deeply
each letter reborn
Stay true to the verse
in couplets of rhyme
To capture the moment
—in oceans of time

(Dreamsleep: April, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Tomorrow's Vow

Rumor breeds fear
in the minds of the doubtful
Peace only found
in the hearts of the faithful
Heaven and earth
performing a nuptial
The past and the future
—betrothing eternal

(The New Room: April, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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About—Face

The mirror calling deepest
is the one that you avoid
Images run left then right
your back turned paranoid

Unwillingness to turn around
in fear of what you’ll see
Illusion as your proffered choice
—reflection waits unseen

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Twilight Sojourns

Days weave together
as night tears at the seams
Light as it vanishes
deserting my dreams

The sun making promises
darkness reneges
The truth stays an orphan
that both will misgive

The rooster to signal
that devil’s retreat
Hope...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Solomon's Rhyme

Laws restrict
but can’t constrain
What happens freely
the light reclaims

 
Cause and effect
together apart
Squaring the circle
—the horse and the cart

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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On My Honor ...

All I need
is a promise I can keep
(or)
a vow I can forever make

The time indentured
newly born
(and)
the wisdom to know its fate

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Spiting The Darkness

Building a bridge
for others to walk
light burning at the end

It’s never enough
to stand and wait
their crossing must begin

Toeing a path
in another’s steps
fruition comes in view

Toll again paid
in memory script
—to spite the dark...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Word

What kind of rational man
believes in justice
What kind of rational man
believes in peace
What kind of rational man
believes in fairness
What kind of rational man
believes in truth
What kind of rational man
believes he’s chosen
What kind...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Deep Set

Experience is fleeting
—memories are forever

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Daring Greatly

Harder vison

 softer rhyme
Lion tamed
—tomorrow thine

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Calling Us Home

With only twelve notes
the music commands
Some white and some black
their harmony grand

Scoring the melody
eternal and free
Whether Quincy or Frank,
Prince, Peggy, or me

Heaven the audience

 Angels out front
Truth for a drummer
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Waiting For Godot

God will never reveal
Himself
Until you reveal yourself

 to Him
Waxing eternal with
the Divinity he gave you
Reflecting the image
of His every intent
Reaching inside where His light
burns forever
Becoming the fusion
—of all He ordained
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Tears Of The Founders

We’ve abused our great freedoms
to reap the results
with school and church shootings
hate speech a new cult

No respect for the flag
or sacrifice made
ignoring our veterans
despoiling their graves

Our streets wait in ambush
where the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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New Lambs To Slaughter

Killing so much more
than it ever saves
Religion the felon
—digger of graves

(The New Room: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Vita Nova

Poets see verse in every moment
beauty with every look
Pain for every step misplaced
scars that words prebook

Poets see light within the darkness
music in the dread
Hope when wishes cross the line
—life to those once dead

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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'Never More'

You say you’re in search of America …
go to the food court at the mall

If you can still eat after looking around
—you ignore the Ravens call

(The Court At King Of Prussia: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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No Cigar

You can’t teach poetry pro forma
it’s the effort of a fool
You can’t gain sagacity from a book
or by the golden rule

You can’t be what you haven’t lived
the safety net misleads
You can’t bleed with another’s blood
transfused each phrase...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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4-Given

The end of my life
brings newfound freedom

 wrapping around me
like the wings of a dream

Lifting me off
and carrying me selfward
dropping me prescient
—to depths once unseen

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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The — Source

The raw material of art
is pain
The grandest illusion of all
is time
Whether parchment, canvas,
melody or stone
Each breakthrough immortal
—creation sublime

(The New Room: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Unbroken

Truth doesn’t have an owner
propriety be damned

The light from the source
directing us home

—unbroken by command

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Nest

The middle of the road
is where people live

The middle of the road

 is where our hearts sing

The middle of the road
it raptures and calls

The middle of the road
—a home for our wings

(The New Room: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Unmarked Graves

Arresting the future
as well as the past
Time the great jailor
its prison precast

A graveyard of victims
in temporal loss
Destiny preying
—perdition the cost

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023) ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Difference In Similarity

Hearing the word
speaking the word

Often quite different
—often the same

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Third Wing

The truth in translation
knowledge distraught …
He swept through the cosmos
a truant uncaught
His wings never clipped
his sails never trimmed
He flew through tomorrow
a new Seraphim
Those who were watching
their eyes disbelieve
Unburdened...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Forever & Now

Tell me your secrets
I’ll tell you a lie

Bid me good tidings
I’ll bid you goodbye

Proffer me kindness
my heart a deaf ear

Timeless your offer
—whose moment I fear

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Protostar

Will you live with me forever
will you scintillate my dreams
Holding title to my wishes
the island in my stream

Will you live with me forever
in a fantasy so wild
Making love to the hereafter
—our one and only child

(The New Room: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Verse 20

Old enough to reason
young enough to care
My heart eloping with my mind
mustard seeds to share

Adding to the zeitgeist
new bricks within the wall
Laying rhythms one by one
—heeding fortunes call

(Villanova University: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Yesterday's Song

Losing connections one by one …
my mind has drifted back
This moment caught within a cloud
the past sharp as a tack

I reminisce in present tense
new frames of reference gone
With that most recent going dim
but still—I hear that song ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Mustard Seeds

Songs of eternity
poets romance
Words of sagacity
—lyrical dance

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Step Carefully

The naive garden
is filled with snakes
To slither and nest
—where ignorance waits

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023) ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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All Or Nothing At All

A therapist skirts the edge of lunacy
like a priest engages sin

An evangelist disavows poverty and fear
like a snake that sheds its skin

Together they paint the corridors black
with a promised light to come

Their patients and converts...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Into The Fire

The bridge to Satan
is paved with envy
Voices collapsing
in currents below
Its height entices
the moment fleeting
Perdition waiting
—with gate aglow

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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+ -

Stating a positive
about a negative
Knowing nothing
—and sure of the fact

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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To Lady Day

Bars of misfortune
singing dark memories

Nightmares once stillborn
—beguiling again

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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"Thou Shalt Not ..."

The world is not driven by greed
it’s driven by envy …
Commandment 10 is carved in stone
positioned at the end
Where old injunctions miss their mark
a covetous reminder
Desirous of another’s place
—the devil painted green

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Playing The Words

“You play words like an instrument”
someone once said
Each vowel as a whole note
to consonants wed

High praise from a seeker
deftly looking for more
New songs in the making
—words singing du jour

(The New Room: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Acentricus

Star crossed love

 a rocky shoal
Distant halves
—a different whole

(The New Room: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Transcending The Silence

Do you have a secret
that’s never been told
Deeply within you
like long buried gold

Do you keep your own counsel
for no one to hear
While staying intrepid
admonishing fear

Do you treasure those moments
in spite of the time
As words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Wings In The Distance

Every life dies
rebirth in the nest
Waiting for fate
again to reset
Moments of laughter
moments of rhyme
Burning like candles
in forever time
Light for the masses
light from above
Shining resplendent
perpetual love
Carved on a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Letting — Go

You can’t beat fate
with the stars in alignment
You can’t beat fate
all your ducks in a row
You can’t beat fate
with your words in confinement
You can’t beat fate
—till you let it all go

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Divinity Within

Become what you are
false prophets be damned
The greatness within you
beyond their command

Become what you will
His light shining forth
Expanding the moment
—yourself as the source

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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The 10th Deadly Sin

Portals of perception …
they used to get taught
to seekers and dreamers
and children unwrought

Depravity and greed
force fed to the young
with lies and betrayal
—their futures forgone

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Toward The Cliff

The Pied Piper of failure
loose in our schools
Cacophony playing
of pedants and fools

He lures and beguiles
to those innocent souls
Who locked in his footsteps
—will never be whole

(The New Room: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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The Road Down

Tomorrow left abandoned
with every choice I make
Constricting all potential joy
and limiting my fate
Each short term indecision
restricting unrestrained
My future playing out of tune
a timed and dull refrain
Most often I have missed it
when...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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And Dwelt Within Us

God is dead
your Divinity wakens
the Word incarnate
—each breath fortells

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Who's Kidding Who

We’ve lost the ability
to laugh at ourselves …
P.C. humor both lifeless
and dry
Our levity as tepid
as our character flawed
Fraying the tightrope
—awaiting a fall

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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'Hear The Bells'

In deepest memory
my mind escapes
to places yet journeyed
undreamed they await

In deepest memory
the future untold
awaiting unbeckoned
—the next bell to toll

(Dreamsleep Tribute To Laura Nyro: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Descartes Reborn

If consciousness dies
is that all there is
or does some higher state
reimagine what was

When consciousness dies
will birth reoccur
no longer indentured
to time and its spurs

If consciousness dies
do rainbows of light
take over our...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Paid In Full

Requesting
forgiveness
from the dead
My will
crossing over
no longer misled
Requesting
forgiveness
my debt was set free
Destiny
reckoned
—atonement complete

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Snake River Hydraulic

Returning
as a man
woken from the sleep
of lost memory

Daydreaming now
the only option
eyes wide open
images flash

Moments before
become moments after
painting all reference
in shades of gray

Starting the ending
to seal its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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Beyond-The-Ether

When everything around us
is dead and gone

All we have left
—is the Word

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Tibetan Marrow

Ideas
or wordcraft
There’s times
you must choose

The style
or substance
Which one
left askew

One choice
or the other
Becomes
zero-sum

Delivering
prescience
If words
—on the run

(The New Room: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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True North

Feigning reentry
from places I’ve wandered
Destiny challenged
the status-quo damns

Feigning reentry
from freedom unhindered
Life but a journey
its trappings to ban

Feigning reentry
its price was my freedom
The given agenda
new death...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Price Of Admission

(if it’s)

Love me …
hate my writing

(or)

Hate me …
love my writing

I can live with the hate

(Rosemont College: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Trailing Regret

Retracing my steps …
picking up the pieces
of a misguided past
Cleaning up the memories
that so litter my
attention
Given one more chance
to change
the things I never intended
Given one last chance
to right the wrongs
—of my prodigal ways...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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'El Maestro'

How did he drive
those cars that fast

Far past the limits
of traction and time

Speed as his master
death as his
mistress

Chasing defiance
the sweetest
of wine

(Juan Manuel Fangio: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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L'Allegro Remembered

The reason we give it so much verbiage
the reason we give it time
The reason we search the light fantastic
the reasons left ill defined

The reason the choices finally matter
the reason we pick and choose
The reason we leave a trail behind us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Sand Trap

Without
the conception inception
connection
Life

 is a desert
—of lost possibility

(The New Room: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Minor-Plus-Est

Using the simple
to state the sublime

Syllables shortened
—magic refined

(Dreamsleep: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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A Posteriori

Does light exist
without an object
to reflect against

Are good intentions
worth the time
as latency projects

The cobblestones
that lead to hell
a long and one-way path

Without an act
of conscious will
—a future damning past

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Mutare

Beauty changes
the embattled soul
A transmutation
ennobled whole
In darkest throes
to spread its light
Forever bathed
—in pure delight


(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Doublecross

The paradox
of self-awareness
near and yet so far

Looking out
to see within
imploding like a star

The door that enters
exits free
its threshold bright then dim

Allowing what
the psyche fears
—to pass both out and in

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Martyrs & Clowns

What is forgotten
if time is a bluff

What is forsaken
if memory can rust

Where is the drama
the stage ill disposed

Where is tomorrow
today undisclosed

When were you certain
that certain you’re not

When did the hands
stop...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Wounded Omnipotence

God’s one imperfection
—his love for man

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Approaching Storm #5

The bats in the tower

 rats in the barn
Night befits cowards
who run from the storm

(Poem To End Chapter 48: March, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Inconsequence

Lies and the truth
both fade into memory
Time caring not
whether credence or farce

Married together
they drift into silence
Passing forgotten
—through legend and curse

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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The First Daffodil

In the Spring
memories blow like wind
through the corners of my soul
replacing the dark winter
which time has now beset
Playing its distant lute
change is thrust upon me
rebirthing what fall had rightly claimed
and buried in the past

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Approaching Storm #4

The finger on the trigger
has destiny in its hand

(Poem To End Chapter 39: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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"Blessed Be The Meek"

Humility
the hardest skin
for pride to pierce
—and lie within

(The 1st Book Of Prayers: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Approaching Storm (#3)

Invisible in nature
it simmers within
To rise to the surface
when conflict begins

(Poem To End Chapter 32: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Before The Fall

Wounded vanity

 mother of all tragedy
Slander and insults
the arrows dead aim

Pride bleeding carnage
no reason can bandage
The mirror once broken
—each crack filled with pain

(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Approaching Storm (#2)

A man clad in mystery
history would learn

The world in his debt
with fury to burn

Duty and honor
in marriage live on

With courage his mantra
—and battle his song

(Poem To End Chapter 20: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Forked Tongues

Not lying outright
is far from the truth
Hesitance vacuous
barren of fruit

What never gets said
deceitfulness hides
Stalking and preying
while buried inside

The pulpit a soapbox

 lectern a mask
Pontification
deceptions bombast

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Captivus

Trapped in politics
—victims we remain

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Black Seed

The sins of the father
the sins of the son
Repentance left vacant
each sorrow rerun
An age of despondence
an age of denial
The past beyond hope
—the future beguiled

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Rapa Nui

You can’t infringe on greatness
it always needs its space

To stand apart and stand alone
an island in its place

You can’t lip sync a legend
the lyrics never come

Whose price is paid in distance laid
—all glory zero sum

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Approaching Storm

The graves have been dug
all bugles away
Medals awarded
for valor displayed

The soldiers in transit
to homes once so dear
But where is the peace
—when gunfire you hear

(Opening Poem To My New Novel: ‘Approaching Storm’)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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F Stop

Its focus changes with the light
in angles newly formed

Exposing what your fear would hide
in images reborn

The camera always sees the truth
its lens encaptures time

Each moment frozen then set free
—in search of the sublime

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Polar Fraternity

The vagaries within
truth and falsity …
are greater than

 the differences between them

(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Silence Calling

Make friends of the deaf
they never hear thy questions
And marry the blind widow
to find thy way

Listen to the speechless
their message eternal
The prophets resounding
—thy destiny laid

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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"And Yet It Moves"

Reason
without evidence
Truth
without form

Burning
the ladder
Immune
from the scorn

Nuance
to sleepwalk
As reality
dreams

Proof
in the eye
Galileo
redeemed

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Letting It All Go

Is time but a reference
to prey and confound

(while)

In memory eternal
—enlightenment found

(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Distant Bells

There are strange wanderings
in the souls
of the most common of men

Where willpower and intellect
come together
—pointing the way

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Memories Of The Salon

He said what he had to say
to tell the story
He did what he had to do
to rescue time
He paid what he had to pay
to bribe the jailers
He gave what he had to give
—per Gertrude Stein

(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Dark Whispers

Language
is required
to go insane

The beasts of
the forest
politely refrain

Words
ever forming
into a net

Trapping
insanity
—the tighter they get

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Bringing You back

The night shift…
working in anonymity
semi-detached
Finding a hidden
emptiness
blinding daylight always hides
Tying up the
looser ends
of conscious dislocation
Bringing you back
inside yourself
through darkness circumscribed

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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Arthur Remembered

The gentlest soul
springs from the hardest heart
—when the fighting is over

(Stonehenge: March, 1981)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Divided-We-Fall

The world is becoming
impossible to govern
Each person that island
Donne warned us about

All sense of belonging
in mirrors bespoken
The strength of shared values
—our vanity flouts

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Destiny's Door

Questions
Unanswered
The Heart
Of Existence

Wonder
Unbridled
The Key
To Within

(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Sodom Be Damned

Enter me
like a cathedral
Turn all my pillars
to salt

Love me like every last
pilgrim is watching
Empowering
—passions assault

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Life—Ring

Trapped in the moment
escaping with rhyme
Words to my rescue
—time after time

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Many Faces Of Eve

I hated her
as much as I loved her

And loved her in ways
my telling would shame

Emotion embroiled
in deadliest combat

Choosing not one
—but the other to blame

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Vegas Underground

Distinction
without difference

Where shadows
defame

Laughter
without smiles

Embodied
in shame

Each story
redundant

Whose print
stays uninked

As eyes
search for mercy

That last
—missing link

(Las Vegas Boulevard: ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Baptism's Fire

The road to paradise
begins in hell

If you long for peace
—embrace the war

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Baptizing The Vacuum

What is the substance
of nothingness

With nothingness the substance
of thought

Where is the truth
in indifference

Apathetically frozen
when taught

How then to measure
reluctance

With action the villain
of time

Seeking to...

by Kurt Philp Behm

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Feeding The Raven

You can’t burn out
if you’re not on fire

Jim roaming wild
pyre to pyre

The only way out
the only way in

Flaming the moment
—death rebegins

(Las Vegas Boulevard: January, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Becoming The Dream

Today
I unlocked
a new window

One
I had never
opened before

Air
rushing in
calling me back

Voices
familiar
yet foreign to name

And
as I passed through
that new window

Leaving
behind
what used to be me

Losing
my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Slip Sliding Away

What can’t be forgiven
must be forgotten
Memory the catalyst
for sorrow and pain

The future endemic
its danger befalls us
Salvation escaping
—reluctant to change

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Dark Bequeathal

Do our children inherit
our shadows

Denied of the light
their birthright implies

Willing them darkness
in probated limbo

Leaving what sorrow
—forever reminds

(Dreamsleep: January, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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False Exit

Escaping your humanity
—the biggest myth of all

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cresting The Trough

If your heart is open
and true

Your grief is as deep
as your love

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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When Life Was Perfect

The difference between
what you want
and what you need
—is what you can fit on a motorcycle

(Dreamsleep: January, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Circling The Square

Can nothing extend
beyond something…

Can never be
possibly where…

Can dreamers awaken
the insomniacs sleep…

Can no place
ever be there…

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Coming—About

We make the truth we need
to worship gods of time
And love in spite of hate
whose conjure ill defined

We set the past in stone
to keep tomorrow chaste
And travel inward free of both
—whose presence we displace

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Waiting For Godel

Gravity is
and gravity isn’t
Based on who’s looking
perceptions command

Less for the physicist
more for the poet
Science self-serving
two feet in the sand

Pulling us forward
pushing us back
intrinsic within us
as natural as air

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Mixed Ancient Metaphors

The words taste like music
from worlds long ago
Each letter resavored
in harmonies old

Coming to harvest
their sweetness imbues
A cave for an orchard
in wall painted hues

Old symbols retilling
those questions inside
Reborn when...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Silence Impended

Double parked
in a no-comment zone
A writer sat quiet
unheard and alone

Idling vacant
the needle on E
Silence impended
no crossing of T’s

Given to vagrancy
nothing else left
Sounds in the distance
begone and bereft

A Muse but a...

by Kurt P Behm

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Full Stop

The most lucid among us
admonish the period
A comma best chosen
inserted in time

Stopping for emphasis
the folly endemic
As thoughts need to flow
—forever sublime

(Dreamsleep: January, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Kurtz's Warning

When the assassins hunt the assassins
—all hell is enshrined

(Rewatching Apocalypse Now: January, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Back Alleys

If some is good
more is better
Less is threatened
all enslaved

If more is reasoned
less is questioned
Good intentions
—hell repaved

(Dreamsleep: January, 2023)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Scapular Burning

What are we but relics
of time gone by

Where painful encounters
stay undenied

The wounds may scar over
but never heal

As memory is martyred
its blood congealed

New skin tries to cover
what sutures can’t hide

Each moment recovered...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Final Lie

Numbers have a lasting smell
while figures have a taste
Shapes can make an ancient sound
whose feelings stay untraced

Intuition grants a wish
to those who rebegin
Dimension in the blackest hole
new dwarf stars from within

Counting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Underpinnings

In darkness
we protect the light

In blindness
we perfect our sight

In battle
we secure the truce

In doubting
—we ensure our truth

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Motion Transformed

Memory has substance
for those athirst
a book never finished
whose pages reverse

Minute by minute
the moments burn
Igniting our history
whose ashes return

Memory’s sensation
beyond the five
Assuring our consciousness
we’re still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Offloaded Clean

What is the age of reality
how many birthdays is that

Peaked hats and streamers wrapping the truth
candles relighting the facts

Wishing for the ultimate void
our consciousness offloaded clean

Clearing the way for the square root of now
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Petroglyphics

Writing the words
imprisoning the words

Lettered confinement
—frozen in time

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Calling From Within

Religion becoming meaningless
when propriety goes away
Nothing to sit atop the lies
nothing to lead astray

Claiming the title to prophecies spun
each figurehead stands tall
To augment the legend of what never was
—as Divinity still calls

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Feeling Its Weight

Waiting with answers
to questions unasked,
a vacuum state appears

Smelling the ozone
feeling its weight,
all time reduced to tears

A newness reborn
a prophecy filled,
the words await unsaid

As what was created
before it was made
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Call Of Denial

Nothing
can be its own explanation

Nothing
can leave itself

Nothing
can give dimension to time

Nothing
unsaid is spelt

Nothing
is nothing till something becomes

Nothing
a word unatoned

Nothing
that last page of unwritten...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Hidden In Plain Sight

Music has a special taste
feelings lost in sound
Touching heard across the room
vision by the pound

References left unto themselves
choir boys in tune
Trading what they never had
tribute to the loon

One last chance to make the grade
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Tracks Of The Behemoth

Life was born in the desert
but death came out of the sea
walking on all fours, breathing the air
—killing that never to be

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Gift Of Futures Past

Bigger in my memory
smaller in my inclination
Regret a distant calling card
admonishing my name

Vacant in my recollection
bedded in my hopefulness
Joy a future invitation
—Heaven to proclaim

(Christmas Wishing: First Book Of Prayers-...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Tracks Of The Dinosaur

Smaller in the rearview mirror
the past retreats from view
Perspective changing rearranging
the old supplanted new

Fading in a dying focus
dust beyond the wind
Blowing wild beyond our memory
—fates forgotten hymn

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Freedom Reigns

You can’t catch up to history
its ship no longer sails
Each chapter prisoned by the wind
times trilogy airmailed

To search within your destiny
the moments turn to gold
Where bookends fall and freedom reigns
—beyond the past retold

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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A Donde Va

Where does laughter go
when the smiles are gone

Where does music go
when stripped of its song

Where does credence go
when truth suicides

Where do voices go
—when breath is denied

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cat Stevens Was Right

Before the analysis
before the dissection
First came the reading
—the deepest of cuts

(Dreamsleep: December, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Something For Jim...

The magic of words
each door of perception

The entrance and exit
—buried within

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Rumors

Seeking the right answers
to all the wrong questions
The knife edge resharpens
the danger rehoned

Seeking the right answers
for all the wrong reasons
The rumors refester
—all truth unatoned

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Golden Yarn

The clearer the speech
the deeper its woven
A spinning wheel threaded
—looming divine

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Here To There

Beyond the future
you find the past
Hiding in the present
—first and last

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Glass House

Do you find yourself
under those stones that you’ve thrown
Pummeled with self-hatred
forever alone

Looking up in delirium
Goliath parades
Blinding your vision
—a gravesite charade

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Full-Circle

Mistake #1
not being heard

Mistake #2
explaining the words

Mistake #3
a phrase zero-sum

Mistake #4
mistake #1

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Within The Silence

Regretting a dream
…Folies Bergere
Exhaling the magic
Marseille in despair
Seeking forgiveness
Vive Champs elysees
Mimes feigning answers
Montmartre chardonnay

(Café de La Paix: December, 1979)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Before-The-Flood

Death was invented
when life tired of the living
Eternity flexing
—the muscles of time

(Dreamsleep: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Donde Van Ellas

Where do those lives go
when a cat doesn’t use them
Where do memories go
when no one can recall
Where do wishes go
when hope is abandoned
Where do lovers go
—when the love is gone

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Crossing—Over

Expect good things
the moment breathes
Your fear abandoned
the darkness leaves

When least expected
the current calls
Tomorrow waiting
—beyond the falls

(Dreamsleep: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Time's Rebirth

Reality pregnant
gestation released
Facts have been fathered
new mothers beseeched

The door to tomorrow
swings only one way
Birthing conception
—redemption belayed

(Dreamsleep: December, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Questioning The Answers

What, who, or where

 the sages portend

What, who, or where
the shamans belie

What, who, or where

 the scholars defend

What, who, or where
—not questioning why

(Dreamsleep: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Untitled

The only time we escape
the jungle
—is in self delusion

(State College Pennsylvania: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Inception

Through a distant awareness
all eyes unmasked
The answers vacant
and fading fast

The horizon changes
from front to back
All reasons caught
within its trap

Time despondent
its seconds tear
Whose reign dethroned
inception near

The...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Ancient Promises

The older the prophecy
—the more desperate we hang on

(Dreamsleep: November, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Into The Headlights

To live non-affirming
to live not at all
To hide in the shadows
and creep down the hall

To live uncommitted
new doubts to contend
All time intermittent
repressed till the end

To live without friendship
alone on the rock
A wandering...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Before The Flood

Death was invented
when life tired of the living
Eternity flexing
—the muscles of time

(Dreamsleep: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Siren's Mirage

Tomorrow’s lullaby
in footnotes to Dylan
Tomorrow blistering
confronting the sun

Tomorrow lingering
while calling your name
Temptation disguising
what’s never to come

Tomorrow’s redemption
the present to ransom
Tomorrow in voices
a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Masked Chameleons

Be wary of a narrow faith
that chokes the Mystery dead
Be careful of a promise made
that hides beneath your bed

The strongest bade, a deeper jade
from yellow mixed with blue
To mock the wonder heaven sent
—in weaker shades of hue

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Virility's Throne

The bigger the battle
the greater the man
His future uncertain
his past to command

To struggle ennobled
beyond outcome or fate
Godlike in war
—divinity’s mate

(Dreamsleep: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Liars Configure

Seventy years…
and what have you learned
Don’t give me facts…
what have you learned
Keep your opinions…
what have you learned
Look into my eyes
—what have you learned

(Dreamsleep: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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One Spark

The abyss of nothingness
looms large in my consciousness
Churning each moment
belaying the time

From Nietzsche to Kierkegaard
their vacuum surrounds me
An active volcano
—whose lava is primed

(Dreamsleep: November, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Through The Maelstrom

The deeper you dig
the simpler it gets
Each question supplanted
—the truth in your debt

(Dreamsleep: October, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Remembering Salinger

What would fame bring
what would it change
One iota of truth
the stoppage of rain

Living exposed
the arrows to sling
You know what you know
whether knave or a king

Accolades fall
slaps on the back
Stumble or stall
and your patron’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Lunar Rambling

Filled up again
words pour out
Empty no longer
they whisper and shout

Life’s give and take
torrent to drought
The tide and the flow
—flooding the doubt

(Rosemont College: October, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Counter Intuition

Causality before truth
truth before causation
Universal in transference
inextricably defined

An atom of veracity
a little bit pregnant
Plato through Lewis
—reality entwined

(Rosemont College: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Epiphanic

The only thing worth being
—is in awe

(Dreamsleep: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Memories In The Stream

Older than you were
younger than I am
Your memory grows inside me
keeper of the flame

Each day we spent together
our boyhoods reassured
Connected to forever
—we never asked for more

(Rosemont Pennsylvania: October, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Lost Stitches

If you can’t stand the criticism
put down your pen
Instead take up knitting
but caution the thread
Too thick and your stifled
too thin and your bare
As needles purl over
—what hides in despair

(Dreamsleep: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Chasing Destiny

His passion undefeated,
his record 10-0

All shutouts in the making
to vanquish every foe

The stadium electric
the crowd in fever pitch

Expectations through the roof
as hope has been enriched

The pressure feeds the fury
like diamonds...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Untying The Ribbon

The Poetry of time
its present sublime
Each moment by degree
untethered reminds

The Poetry of time
forever refined
Rebirthing the constant
—our essence defined

(Dreamsleep: October, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Wishes On Fire

Nothing leaves a footprint
like a memory burned
Deep into the consciousness
of those unlearned

Nothing grows more deadly
than the force of will
It powers every weapon
it vanquishes with skill

Nothing braves tomorrow
like a wish on fire
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Last Call

My shadow was crying out to me
beyond all darkness and light
Saying that life is a trap in reverse

 caught between wrong and right

Dichotomy claims what polarity feigns
academics locking the gate
Where shadows crawl under what locks in our...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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De Rigueur

All of the secrets
are already known
The sages in moth balls
old king on the throne

The answers requestioned
new fruit on the vine
What’s hidden uncovered
—as seasons rewind

(Dreamsleep: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cobbled Stones

The path to eternity
weaves and turns
As choices deceive
and judgment burns

Its labyrinth changing
and mirror lined
Voices in transit
new order unrhymed

Pursuit often folly
refusal is death
The push is internal
escaping your breath

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Sayonara

Nothing cuts as deep
as a back that’s turned

Denying your existence
—all bridges burned

(The New Room: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Fanning The Flame

Being is to
becoming

As seedlings are
to blooms

Today as to
tomorrow

Midnight
unto noon

Sparks beget
a brilliance

As fans beget
the flame

Breath into
a sonnet

A child
aptly named

A thought
once spoken freely

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Hand-I-Capped

Do you have five fingers
without a fist

A hope that lingers
a wanton wish

Do your letters jumble
beneath the words

Does your breath cut off
before it’s heard

Does silence threaten
what can’t begin

With empty horror
begetting sin...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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1st Commandment Blues

Can God pass judgment
against himself

Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed
their essence the same

Faith in the vision, truth at the core
a Trinity expanded

Tomato, tomatto, all roads lead to Rome
—His joy forever proclaimed

(Dreamsleep: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Calling Me Home

No need to impress
or need to define
what rests deep inside me
within the sublime

All praise and all glory
goes to the Lord
immune from false tribute
to free every word

Time as the temptress
exposed in His wake
the One and the Only
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Pateras Potamos

Come to me Achelous
river without tears
Carry me distant
away from my fears

Direction is onward
Olympus bestows

 Hermes in orbit
directing the flow

At home in your waters
whose currents surpass
Defining my history
from first to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Sleight Of Hand

80/20
20/80
2+2 is 4

You’re part way in
you’re part way out
half full till something more

The middle of the center
the jesters
hidden lore

Dimension plays
one last charade
—to even up the score

(Dreamsleep: October, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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Seminal Whispers

The quietest words
—bring on the storm

(Dreamsleep: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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October Song

Blessed is he
—who late becomes young

(Dreamsleep: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Crossing Tomorrow

A builder of bridges
or defender of borders
An olive branch crossing
or bunkered constraint
The history of man
seems to favor the latter
The future of man
—the first option contains

(The New Room: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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Freeing Mantra

Life is about suffering
—acceptance brings peace

(The New Room: October,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Beyond The Waterhole

Wandering in the desert
profanity infused me
Each word like a scorpion
the curses on fire

The sand an abrasive
the cactus a warning
The sting of my words
—killing prophet and liar

(Dreamsleep: October, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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Sight—Unseen

Immaculate perception
its vision so pure
Beyond all deception
adroitly demurred
A birth without legacy
an orphan unnamed
Judgment abandoned
—redemption proclaimed

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Northern Winds

Storm laden vengeance
the Father has sent me

Each cloud a dark memory
the wind whipping through

Lightning bolts charging
the moment eternal

Excuses torrential
—in thunder’s adieu

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Ghosts Of Tomorrow

The graves of my youth
lay scattered behind me
Each headstone a failure
endorsed by my hand

A shroud covered memory
encloses my history
Where ghosts of tomorrow
roam—haunting my past

(St. David’s Church: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Purple Cages

Trapped in politics
—victims we remain

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 1 year ago
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Aesthetic Triage

Creating…

 the great savior
from pain

The artist…

 a messiah
from despair

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Grains-Of-Sand

Catching truth in the light
or trapped by the night

The hourglass a prison
—as twilight falls

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Becoming Tomorrow

You have to be young
to disappear…
and healthy enough
to fall into the cracks
of a new tomorrow

You have to be young
to isolate…
and strong enough
to brave the winter
of a new becoming

(The New Room: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Leaving The Oasis

Greatness
is condemned to loneliness
as the desert calls
magnifying the instant
through the burning glass
unleashing its essence
in the fire of possibility
spreading old ashes reborn
—upon the sand

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Break Through

If Sartre was right
and
“Hell Is—Other People”
then
Isolation holds the key
that
opens perception’s door

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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Morning Left Waiting

I lost my shadow
in the hills of pain
and wandered in darkness
chasing in vain

I lost my shadow

 the sun took flight
morning left waiting
adrift in the night

I lost my shadow
wolves distant howl
tracking my torment
whose grief I prowl...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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Reclamation

Fleeing into solitude
his excuses were lost
eyes pointing inward
embracing the cost

Intrepidly deeper
the cave to unmask
as demons and angels
are slayed in his path

Alone and rebirthing
both fury and rage
a hero emerges
rejecting the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Thus Spake Zarathustra...

I should only believe in a God
that would know how to dance
and a devil slain by laughter
—beyond gravity’s wrath

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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Shades Of Envy

I loved it
in spite of myself
chasing the spirit ghost
across distant horizons
offering as payment
the lost finger of fate
sealing a promise
only a child could make
beginning again
what each ending has taught me
living within the moment’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Looking Down

What is it you know
what does anyone know…
The sand through your fingers
the wind through the years
Last season unturned
the snows of our summer
The answers autumnal
—the valley below

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Necesse Malum

Violence though not always evil
—the love of violence is

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Pluribus Unum

The past and the future
fold into the present
Conceptually vacant
twice empty refrains
No before and no after
perpetually frozen
The ice of indenture
—this moment contains

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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Emancipated Proclamation

Thou asks how far the wind blows
in fact I cannot tell
Or then how high the heavens
my prayers deep in the well

Thou asks if love comes truly
to one in greatest need
My answer spoken duly
of romance undecreed

Thou asks if truth be spoken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Closing—The—Circle

The end layers over the beginning
in contours of time
Blanketing the middle
in consorts of connection
Rescuing the lost from themselves
—saving the foundling’s parade

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Bardstown Musing

A Romantic is always afraid deep inside
expectations will never come true

Chasing a mirage that stays beyond reach
waiting and hoping in lieu…

A Romantic betroths those lies of the heart
in amorous moments to roam

Wooing a dream that’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 1 year ago
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Self—Infliction

The frontier of violence
strange land of our making
Wilderness of bones and blood
—buried in our fear

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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The Pendulum Stops

When what in essence changes
the ground beneath you shakes
No longer can you take for granted
four plus four is eight

When daylight turns to madness
each shadow undermines
What faith has borne and left forlorn
—clocks no longer chime

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Amnesia Hall

A city without streets…
a pain in the memory
Like an amputated limb
still aching at night

A city without people

 a bane on existence
Their shadows to wander
—down avenues unnamed

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Shaken Or Stirred

Easier to run the risk of death
than ridicule damned

Easier to face an army of men
than a single man

Easier to write a thousand lines
than only one

Easier to quote the wisest sage
—than self become

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Broken Wings

Not alive enough to die…
lost between a heartbeat
and the bitter end
His spirit wept for
tomorrow
and for yesterday
Mourning all the
buried visions
—of what might have been

(The New Room: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Crossing Stars

America’s decline…
war chanted whines
A nation in half
quicksand in our path

Altruism dead
alone in our beds
No one left to blame
—married to our shame

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Tribute To Albert

Without time
wonder stops
Questions flounder
barren crops

Without time
motion falls
Beginnings vacant
—endings stalled

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Arthurian Birthright

Time waxes poetic
on a distant battlefield

The warrior a sage
—whose blood we all share

(Dreamsleep: September....

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Not The War...

Losing the election
for doing what’s right

Losing the election
for shedding the light

Losing the election
for standing your ground

Losing the election
for truth honor bound

Losing the election
the battle is lost

Losing the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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Towering Infernos

Dawn of the city
sunset of humanity

Light a burning ash
—darkness closing in

(The New Room: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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NoWayBack

The biggest mistake I ever made…
leaving the place I was going to

Frozen inside a desperate moment
—stolen bartered and gone

(Yellowstone: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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Out Of The Wilderness

Coming from nowhere
destined for anywhere
Each pathway a mantra
—whose footsteps define

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Straighter Lines

The shorter the distance
between concept and words
The deeper the impact
—of what’s to be heard

(Dreamsleep: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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Highway 104 Blues

Halfway to Tucumcari
the light began to wane
Halfway to Tucumcari
the guilt turned into blame

Halfway to Tucumcari
I heard that voice again
Halfway to Tucumcari
—running from the end

(Chama New Mexico: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Undercover

Darkness endows the small
and the ordinary
with poetic power
Falling with the fallen
rising with the chosen
Reaching for
forgiveness
—and the absence of pain

(Dreamsleep: September,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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For Life Itself

At last on my deathbed
I reach for two words

The ones often transient
or sadly unheard

As my eyes close forever
to journey anew

Two words mark my passing
a final “Thank You”

(The Book Of Prayers: September, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Silent Voices

External conflict
(versus)
self-disaffection

The first a misdemeanor
(the second)
a higher crime

Inarticulate
powerful yearnings
trapped in between

Inarticulate
powerful yearnings
—of that forever lost

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Eternity's Child

Born without reference
freedom prevails

The moment supreme
comparison failed

Living without reference
judgment defiled

Existing intrinsic
—eternity’s child

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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Plus Minus

Can nothingness exist
could existence be as nothing

Can something break from everything
—subtraction zero sum

(Villanova University: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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The 'Whole' Is Greater

I liked Democrats
when they acted like Republicans

(and)

I liked Republicans
when they socialized with Democrats

I liked women
when they reveled in their difference

(and)

I liked men
—when they didn’t act at all

(The New...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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The Whole Is Greater

I liked Democrats
when they acted like Republicans

(and)

I liked Republicans
when they socialized with Democrats

I liked women
when they reveled in their difference

(and)

I liked men
—when they didn’t act at all

(The New...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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1 Look

Without a shake
of the head
or turned up nose

The truest form
of rejection
—the eyes

(Dreamsleep: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Whiter Dwarf

To be anything more
than what it is
To be anything more
than who you are
To be anything more
than what’s been said
To be anything more
—than anything more

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Frozen In Time

Poetic angst,
Jimmy Dean

Poetic angst,
Brando screams

“Stella, Stella,”
the spirits call

“Live Fast, Die Young”
—the fates befall

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 1 View
added 1 year ago
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Cultural Rescindence

Evolution changes
the mind of man

All insight martyred
for wider scans

The magic filtered
as books proclaim

What facts uncover
and time disdains

Evolution fosters
a weakened soul

Each process stifled
the gist untold

Forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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"The Native Hue Of Resolution"

We have nothing to do
—but be who we are

(Dreamsleep: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Starlight & Dewdrops

Fictitious dreaming
those voices call
Imagined bliss
where ghosts enthrall

Enigma fashioned
bespoke to fit
Fantasia moments
—belief remits

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Scarlet Letters

Good girls ask permission
bad girls seek forgiveness
Sins two faced till time erased
—sisters of injustice

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 1 year ago
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Best Of The Best

Justice has no borders
liberty no walls
Freedom lives beyond the realm
of tyrants big and small

Blood once spilled in battle
generations to enthrall
Sealing hope in memories deep
—to those who heed the call

(Dreamsleep: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Rebirth

To kill the dreamer
not the dream
Each wish reborn
—all hope redeemed

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Shattered Mirrors

Trapped by a promise
exitway
closed

Memories held captive
hope
long deposed

Dreams
shattered mirrors
shards that implode

Sentenced to wander
despondent
I go


(Villanova University: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 1 year ago
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Conception Deception

Cheap art
or excellent craft
You decide
what floats the raft

Good intentions
hell repaved
Choice emboldened
—heaven saved


(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Left To Right

Preying on the truth
politics sets the trap
Isolating fact from fiction
always on attack

Their circles non-concentric
each area zero-sum
To tempt your fate with poison bait
—never to become

(The New Room: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Hirudines

Parasites never worry
about the host
Sucking out the lifeblood
—spitting on the corpse

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Exit Only

Thoughts once spoken
the bottle open
Genie tenured
—reentry closed

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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Deference To Rene

Do you believe consciousness
a free state
Choice empowering the moment
strong
Neurons firing at your
discretion
Time unencumbered
—reality won

(The New Room: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 1 year ago
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Truths Deception

Laughter hides more dread than tears
joy conceals a lasting fear
Fate to haunt each moment wished
—love beguiled with every tryst

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 1 year ago
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Ode To Pandora

Some rocks you don’t turn over
some tales you never tell

Some lights you never throw the switch
—some broth you never chill

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 1 year ago
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Westward Ho

You’ll get where you’re going
—if you don’t go too fast

(Kit Carson: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 1 year ago
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Footsteps In The Hall

After midnight
the pendulum stalls
Chimes to deaden
as darkness calls
A clanking chain
the haunt begins
Till daylight threatens
—the shadows dim

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Extempo

He was vulnerable

 only in the present
The past and future self-deposed
their fantasies atoned
Moments claim unto themselves
a singular refluence
Strength unnumbered past the count
—battle lines rezoned

(Dreamsleep: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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The Morning After

She’s familiar…
ain’t that the blues

(The Main Point: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Arius

Unholy heretic
your relics despoil
Augustine in tears
—embracing the shame

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Advocatio

God without religion
truth without command
Salvation beyond what’s been decreed
—faith in His remand

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Hell's Autograph

Swords belong
to those who wield them
Peace a dream
to those still sleeping
Wisdom lost
to visions promise
Blood the signature
—on heaven’s gate

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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To The Very Bone

The shorter the sentence
the greater the impact
Its focus unchallenged
—its meaning refined

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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Closing The Circle

Unwriting each poem
word by word
My thoughts again
—pristine

(Dreamsleep: August, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Motion Speaks

Dancing on the fringes
waltzing through the fire
Tango once the step of choice
driven by desire

Life a dark flamenco
words to not intrude
Motion trumping conscious thought
—foxtrot interlude

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Calling My Name

In the sandbox of my memory
reasons come and go
Castles worn in corners scorned
left without a moat

Granulated laughter
idle unreleased
Waiting for a last return
covered over deep

The jungle gym sits dormant
a mass of rusted links
One...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 1 year ago
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En Guarde

“The price of excellence
eternal vigilance”
A sheep dog watches
—the wolves at bay

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Intuitum

At war for the truth
words imprison the mind
The will as a beacon
—its light undefined

(Dreamdsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 1 year ago
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Burning Out

Some of us were meant to age
of those I am not one
To grace a rocker on the porch
death by zero-sum

When youth is gone my will retreats
the candle at its wick
As dreams abate, the moment late
—flowers all but picked

(Dreamsleep August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
added 1 year ago
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Symphonic Triage

Blood upon the keyboards
harmonicas in flight
Chasing notes across the score
horns that greet the night

Eighty eight’s to hemorrhage
reeds that bend and break
Music dying then reborn
—trumpeting our fate

(Dreamsleep: August,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Caging The Snake

You first forgive
to then forget
Judgment lost
in past regret
To change the mantra
soul’s unfilled
And cage the snake
—from now until

(Freemont Street Las Vegas: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 1 year ago
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Reaching For The Cream

Have I finally truly said it all
running out of words
Thoughts and feelings too remote
my pen a blunted sword

The doors revolve and seasons change
as Winter calls my name
Whose grammar laced with period ends
and fingers stricken lame

A...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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Fated Vision

Adopting the world
for what it is
The illusion orphaned
—death to begin

(Las Vegas: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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Mockingbird Deboned

Ye cursed with too much knowledge,
all fate’s within your grasp
The destiny of all beguiled
entrenched behind your mask

To Thee of grace outstanding,
the rose and bud the same
Beginnings end as endings start
assumptions die unclaimed

Oh...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Analgesia

Ease after torment
delight for a time

Pain as a stranger
more fondly in mind

Absence entrancing
when courting a knave

Sweetest the silence
—where screams did pervade

(Las Vegas: July, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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For The Unborn...

As figures don't lie
but liars can figure
Right is still right
—and wrong is still wrong

(Ronald McDonald House: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 1 year ago
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Lost And Found

It’s definitely maybe possible
that she hated to love me so much
Her affection found everything missing
—and distressed her elation nonplussed

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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Smoke And Mirrors

I sold my memory
for a present reframed
The past in revision
—the future in shame

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 1 year ago
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First-And-Last

If you ever get to look into the light
—don’t ever look away

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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And They Leave Us Alone...

Wannabees always seem to know
who the really tough guys are
Their carriage indefinable

 though marked by every scar

The pheromones of conquest

 carried by the chosen few
Who rumble through the tallest grass
—swallowing what they chew

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 1 year ago
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To Loan

Where does insight come from,
where do answers lie
A mockingbird to mimic truth
in streaks across the sky
The echoes of tomorrow
retreat into the past
As crumbs from where it all began
form a new repast
The light belongs to no one
all live...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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Bright Angel Trail

Adventure,
pursuit of awe
—celebration of the unknown

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Leading Down....

To never change a mind that’s closed
or stroke the lion’s mane
With fate embedded, etched in stone
you’re left with what remains
In tunnels dark and burrowed deep
you hide from nature’s wrath
Whose last denial, truth reviled
—reseeds the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 1 year ago
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Rekindled

Making love to my memory
each tryst redefined

 Perfection recaptured
reenvisioned sublime
Forever unwavering
all pain reconceived
The future rekindled
—my heart’s reverie

(Dreamsleep: July, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 1 year ago
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Free-Bird

Love entitled
hate defaults
—buying back the time

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Alone In The Wilderness

If we can’t agree on fifty-one percent
of what affects us both
we’re doomed
Like the baby and the bathwater
our future lost
in critical disdain

All politics of division
a self-imposed, self-righteous
Armageddon
The brotherhood of humanity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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Hidden Deep

The artist
must fondle the spark
while avoiding the flame

Never surrendering
to the heat
as light’s wonder calls his name

A flashing
of transcendence
escaping the warden of imprisoned time

Where the gold is buried deep
and hidden
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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Circle Squared

Another truth, another lie
—another day that ends in why

(Dreamsleep: July, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Sherpa Dreams

Cliff edge narrows, steps in place

 danger looming strong
Height above me terror laced
searching right from wrong
Summit beckons, flag to place
and leave my name among
Flocks of pilgrims reaching grace
—to finally belong

(The New Room:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Letting You Go...

I spend my days
in celibacy unchosen
living the desperation
we share

Anguished in the knowledge
that needing you unbroken
transcends the sentence
of this chair

I hear your words, I feel your touch
imprisoned by our love
and wish...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 1 year ago
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Darkening Moon

Destiny looms despite my luck
its hunger cries and waits
As Vincent ran but couldn’t hide
—a prisoner of fate

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 1 year ago
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The Last Turnstile

Time regresses
images blur,
memories detained

Tokens injected
into the madness
—forever to remain

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Van Winkled

I went to sleep at fourteen
and woke up at forty
A prisoner of reluctance
—casualty of time

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Without

What are liberals without conservatives
truth without spin
vision without sight
peace without war
strength without weakness

…three without four

What are predators without prey
the moon without earth
storms without rain
trees without...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Future Presence

You never know when
you’re making history
Each footnote marking
—a soul on fire

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Too-Late

It was just another concert
in just another town
Each face a mirror looking back
my words they sang out loud

Another lonely tour date
another strange hotel
The music plays but not for me
—too late to ring the bell

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Forewarned

Be proud you’re a Poet
be careful who you tell
Your words once absconded
—from heaven to hell

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Something For Emmett...

Tears embedded
three ring delight
Star-crossed harlequins
pigmented fright
Echoes of laughter
masking false smiles
Greasepainted fantasy
—clowns in denial

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Only The Shroud

The anguish of death

  is before and not after
Its portal one sided
—abandoning time

(Dreamsleep: July, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Proud Mary

From deep in the current it comes out of the river…
the Mississippi
the Mersey

 Blue Danube
and Nile

The music living in the spirit of its flow…
the Blues
the Classics
the Tribal
and Jazz

Its waters a baptism for the wandering soul…
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Praesagium

Clouds hovered
the sky wept
grief as thunder rolled

Ripping the sky
lightning warned
—prophecy foretold

(Dreamsleep: July, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Hola Pablo

Life is creation
not a discovery
Distant horizons
the palette we choose

Painting and singing
loving and dreaming
Memory a servant
—time but a ruse

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Final Words

“Life hurts more than any death”
say the martyrs—to the damned

(Dreamsleep: July,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Memory Noir

Cigarette smoke and cheap perfume
linger in a dance of remembrance
An unmarried aunt who clerked in a store
her rummage sale pearls yellow with age
wrapped around my memories and my fascinations
I was eleven years old when she died
and I heard...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Strange Days

You can’t burn out
if not on fire
You can’t be hurt
without desire
You can’t be found
if never lost
You’ll never melt
without a frost
Your memory void
without a thought
You’re never freed
if never caught
You’ll never plant
without a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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A Regent's Tale

Those hidden lies
breed louder cries,
deception setting in

What’s birthed in darkness
kills in light,
exposing deeper sins

The poison fostered
regent’s tale,
its message civic spun

For us to swallow
not to chew,
inscripted zero-sum...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Scot-Free

They don’t kill politicians anymore
though some might say they should
Those vermin breeding malcontents
all worms in rotten wood

To feast on dreams of hope and change
and sell what pain has bought
They rape our souls in daylight scorned
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Chasing The Light

Orphaned by the distant wind
as darkness bathes the dawn
My wings have flown beyond my sight
to catch the cygnet swan
A brother to the foreign soil
lost father to the man
Hearing wisps of memories past
old promises remand
Alone upon a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Verbum Dei

Twelve men in the beginning
reporting unto God
Ten Commandments to proclaim…
devotional synod

Sacred by their nature born
each man immortal bound
Divinity in every word
salvations thorny crown

Choices come and choices go
judgment waits...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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"Before I Sleep"

Till life retires me I won’t retire
all cries to uncles stalled
And won’t slow down or buy the farm
till Abraham has called

My will as though a five-year-olds
wild and dancing free
Those trees of life I’ve yet to climb
still calling out to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Summa Mater

The Ocean has no conscience,
no judgment, joy, or hate

She dances with you to her beat
in stirring waves of fate

With reverence you may enter
all blessings on the day

But just one slip and she reminds
what ancient mariners say…

“Red...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Hooked By One Horn

You’ll never be sure
until you might die
Power imploding
—rebirthed in goodbye

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Silencing The Fire

Released from
the inferno
Tongue of Satan
to betray
Saving words
from his fury
Muting the serpent
—today

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Without A Net

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

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Dollars Incense

Professional Poet
—consummate oxymoron

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Abeyant

Biting my tongue
the words choke inside me

Moments digested
—unable to rise

(Deamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Veritas Oritur

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

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Tap Room Blues (Blues Poem #16)

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

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Sola Verdad

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

(Dreamsleep: June,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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False Promise

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

(Dreamsleep: June, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Memory Lost

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

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Wiggle Room

Life,
but thread and thimble
—struggling with the hem

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Strike One

In a bullpen of violence
—throw the first pitch

(Dreamsleep: May, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Masque

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

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cartesian Gift

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

(Dreansleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Dark Royalty

Heaviest is the heart
—that wears the frown

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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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

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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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:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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In Debt To Tomorrow

The encumbrance of peace
is war

 Silence remortgaged
—as payments begin

(Dreamsleep: May, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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"This Glorious Quest..."

Better the will to know
—than to know the truth

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 1 year ago
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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
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Shadows Weave

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

 the morning wind
Eyes reopen
—deep within

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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Andromeda Free

Dying the death
of eternity’s struggle

(while)

Living the life
of the moments rebirth

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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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

...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 5 Views
added 1 year ago
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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

 5 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 3 Views
added 1 year ago
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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

 4 Views
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Ipso Facto

Democracy
and true freedom
—it’s a dirty business

(Dreamsleep: May,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Izumo No Okuni

Behind the mask,
only truth gets told

Its covering sacred
—eyes behold

(Kabuki Theater: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 12 Views
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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

 2 Views
added 1 year ago
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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

 3 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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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

 3 Views
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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

 3 Views
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Shooting Star

The greater the love
—the shorter the trip

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

 2 Views
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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

 2 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 6 Views
added 1 year ago
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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

 4 Views
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As Is Night The Day

To be a true champion
—conquer yourself

(Dreamsleep: April,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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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

 7 Views
added 1 year ago
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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

 3 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

 8 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 5 Views
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Invenire Vitam

Until your forgiveness
marries your passion
—everything else is lost

(Dreamsleep: April, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 9 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 5 Views
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Spearpoint

Ego’s
not armies
destroy an empire

Inside
to rampage
—pillage and burn

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 4 Views
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Drowning In Gray

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

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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

 6 Views
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Trinity Of Time

Today was tomorrow
—all of yesterday

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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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

 4 Views
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Heavens Ear

When the spirit listens
—the heart forgives

(Villanova Pennsylvania: December,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Praeterita

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

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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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

 4 Views
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Into The Valley Of Death

Avarice…
the family of man
chasing the last baton

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Iron John

Conviction…
forcing our will
on the inertia of circumstance

(Dreamsleep: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

 4 Views
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Unheard & Unknown

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

(Dreamsleep: March, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 2 Views
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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

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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

 3 Views
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Papilio

Wings in abeyance

 motion untracked

 Monarch in shadow
—darkness is back

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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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

 2 Views
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Beset

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

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 4 Views
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Artists Prayer

To share in Creation
—is to become Divine

(Ist Book Of Prayers: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 3 Views
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Moon Shot

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

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

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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

 5 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 10 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 7 Views
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Diphthong

People are people
—and a fool is but a fool

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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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

 2 Views
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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

 3 Views
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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

 8 Views
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Arrested Development

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

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Regenesis

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

(Dreamsleep: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 10 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

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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)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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...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

 8 Views
added 1 year ago
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Fear Not The Ides...

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

(Warsaw: March,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Lost Petals

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

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Self Infliction

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

(Dreamsleep: January,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Candescence

Keep the fire burning,

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

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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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

 5 Views
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Praedicatum

Art,
being tied to form
is inferior to life

In the actuality
of its being
—life is

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Vinculum

Experiencing
You
Experiencing
Me

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Beyond The Words

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

(Dreamsleep: February, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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End In The Beginning

Learn
What you want to
Teach

Teach
What you want to
Learn

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Blessing's Restored

Memory of light,
vision of God

Centered return
—orbit of love

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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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

 6 Views
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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

 16 Views
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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

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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Divinitatem Hominum

In the act of creation,
we feel most alive

Releasing the lifeforce
—our purpose...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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A Taste Of Honey

Better to spend an eternity
in Hell

Than a brief fleeting moment
—in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 23 Views
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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

 16 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 11 Views
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In Total

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 14 Views
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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

 18 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 10 Views
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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

 9 Views
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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

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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Formula One

Talent versus genius,
innate the spirit cries

Surpassed by something undefined
—old limits left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 23 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 20 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 23 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 13 Views
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Repudium

I asked again for everything…
she gave nothing in return

A jilted strand of loneliness
—unwoven and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 9 Views
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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

 8 Views
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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

 10 Views
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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

 10 Views
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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

 9 Views
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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

 16 Views
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Foreclosure

I can no longer afford
what my folly has purchased

Return not an option
—my bank account...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
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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

 8 Views
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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

 13 Views
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Final Call

Punching in the numbers
on the celestial dial tone

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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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

 8 Views
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Nostrae Vicaria

The music
called the dancers
to the floor

The poet
waltzing freely
—with his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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A Son To His Father

“A vision into
your future

“A mirror
of your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 14 Views
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Religiosity

Faith often hides
an idolatry within

Statutory mandate
—harbinger of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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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

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 5 Views
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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

 14 Views
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Mistral Winds

Humble
before the sea

Steady
within the gale

Intrepid
among the waves

Thankful
—as tides...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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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

 8 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 9 Views
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Sheep's Clothing

Morons and liars,
all facts to mislead

Their wool to disguise
—the truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
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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

 10 Views
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"Perchance To Dream"

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 17 Views
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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

 6 Views
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Trails End

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
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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

 10 Views
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My Liege

How is servant
to what

In all I say
—and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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...

by kurt philip behm

 12 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 24 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 29 Views
added 2 years ago
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A Cold Wind

In fear of your abandon,
afraid of letting go

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 26 Views
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Le Mans 1955

Its history was written
in tragedy

The period to the last sentence
—was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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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

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 6 Views
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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

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 11 Views
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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

 5 Views
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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

 9 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 12 Views
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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

 13 Views
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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

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 17 Views
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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

 10 Views
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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

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 12 Views
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Piercing The Veil

Reaching into the maelstrom,
my hands were consumed

My spirit to follow
—my will to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 2 years ago
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David

His image eternal,
the chisel portrays

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 2 years ago
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Mesa Verde

Shadows on a cave wall,
eyes that look for truth

Figments of what sight denies
—dancing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 20 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 9 Views
added 2 years ago
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In Summa

Life is the culmination
—of many small...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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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

 15 Views
added 2 years ago
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Deja Deja Vu

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 10 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 19 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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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

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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In Voltaire's Shadow

Doubt is a troublesome occupation
—certainty merely...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 23 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Present Perfect

You may not cross the darkness,
the morning light unfound

The promise of tomorrow
—today is shining...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 30 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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False Claim

Demanding possession…
nine tenths of the law

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 50 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 2 years ago
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Unheard Cries

Behind closed eyes,
the future still to mourn

Grieving in a blinded state
—orphans left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Servitutem

Indentured as servants,
and not as our masters

Words are conscripted
—their meanings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 2 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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Urit Memoriae

Caught inside a memory,
with flashbacks of desire

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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All Or Nothing

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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Caecus Plagam

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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Swampland Conjecture

Entropy evaporating
into itself

Birthing an ending
—singular...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Tollway

Prophesy,
that sphere beyond reason

Belief as its bridgework
—faith as its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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Verbal Black Hole

Tapping eternity,
time rendered still

Back looking forward
—never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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Benedictum

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

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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From The Source

Modern thought…
a footnote to Plato

Enshrined in our memory
—recalled and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 24 Views
added 3 years ago
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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,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Rx P

Prescribed philosophy…
 medicine of the soul

Brainchild of the gods
—thoughts becoming...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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The Bleeding Stops

Physician heal thy body…
virtue heal thy soul

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 3 years ago
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Default

What was,
became you

What will be,
becomes you

What could be,
belies you

What is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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Mutual Exclusion

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

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 28 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 31 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 63 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 139 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 134 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 83 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Modernia

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Winter Count

We die in the present,
but live in the past

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 22 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Airway To Heaven

Poetry…
my breath,
my life

Feelings
 inhaled,
thoughts to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 31 Views
added 3 years ago
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Do Over

Revisiting places,
a fresh pair of eyes

All time reimagined
—the how and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 73 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Devil's Ear

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 33 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dodging The Bullet

When death came ‘a calling,’
again thus denied

The future remortgaged
—payment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 78 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lakota Psalm

The white wing of the wind
blew down from tomorrow

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 72 Views
added 3 years ago
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Limboesque

Caught within the membranes
of a lost tomorrow,

time stood still

No sound, no sight, no
fresh vibration,

as eternity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 77 Views
added 3 years ago
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Belighted

Coming out of the shadows,
reality struck hard

Changing me forever
—leading me...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 76 Views
added 3 years ago
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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...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 52 Views
added 3 years ago
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Caught Between

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Inner Child

A creative adult,
a child who survived

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 22 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dark Consensus

Only talking to each other,
academics expound

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Soul

Foreigner
to death

Alien
to mortality

Gateway
to transcendence

Angel
from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 16 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Mirage

At odds with myself,
those things you see

Eyes looking out
—feelings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Drawers Of Remembrance

The furniture of my youth,
 bed posts of desire

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 21 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Abdicate

Standard bearer,
above the fray

Others follow,
trackless fields

Trailing echo’s,
dead and gone

Then tomorrow
—tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 17 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Future Of Our Cities

“Violence broke out again last night
in Gotham…

“No arrests have been...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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,

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lifelines

Reaching down or
reaching up

Arms extended
—hearts to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 16 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 16 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dark Orphan

The bigotry of isolation,
 prejudice of despair

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 17 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 20 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lost Inside

Those who betray their dreams
are forever old

Living between denial
—and what might have...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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New Book Title

Science…
explaining away the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Freedom's Portal

Redefining the past
for tomorrow

Memory’s promise
—reimagined...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Quiet Roar

Deafening thunder,
cries from down under

Voices of silence
—lost in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Gale Warning

Name dropping success…
a first name basis with failure

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 61 Views
added 3 years ago
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Following Storm

The underside of dawn,
a promise ill remembered

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Heat Blinds

Are the truly enlightened
able to endorse their success

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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Each Memory

The past held victim
to the future

Each memory a shackle
in tomorrow’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 49 Views
added 3 years ago
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Each Choice

The moments of these days…
the wheat from the chaff

Each choice confirmation
—the first from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 62 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Writers

Taking the reader
where alone he can’t go

Onramp to tomorrow
—new roads to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 78 Views
added 3 years ago
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Conjoined

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Resonation

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Freebyrd

Searching,
I look for words to free the song

The music,
already playing inside my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 50 Views
added 3 years ago
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Which Rose

What’s in a title,
what’s in a name

What does it matter,
praise—or to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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In The End...

Blue Collar—White Collar,
choking the same

Their difference endemic,
as time casts its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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A Hurt So Good

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
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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

 61 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

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Vox A Priori

A Poet first,
long before the first word

Musings inherent
—crying to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 8 Views
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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

 15 Views
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Dark Summit

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 12 Views
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Chasing Miles...

Jazz without melody,
an arm with no hand

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 15 Views
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Dreams Forgotten

Whispers before me,
echoes behind

Voices portending,
words to remind

Sleepless imprisoned,
nights linger on

Shadows approaching
—memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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22 Catch

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 4 Views
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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

 7 Views
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Forever Now

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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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

 5 Views
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Adieu

The light gets richer
approaching the end

Warmth trumping distance
—goodbye an old...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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

 47 Views
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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

 16 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 53 Views
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Wedding Bell Blues

Married to a doctrine
—divorced from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
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Nearer Than Far

Writers
treading water
—the sound of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
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Liner Note

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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

 18 Views
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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

 19 Views
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Id Infinitum

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 12 Views
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Jurassic Dreams

Walking with giants,
each step getting bigger

The miles—the millennia,
the search...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Heaven's Chord

The stairway to God
is music

Each step a string
on the Angel’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Naked In The Forest

When you become a victim,
the hunter turns to prey

And the wolves now beckoned...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
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Embodied

As an artist,
you go where art takes you

As a writer
—you become the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
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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

 16 Views
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Nusquam Omnino

Running in circles,
spinning in place

Everywhere at once
—nowhere at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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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

 17 Views
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Cheating The Night

Ships pass in the dark,
so near yet so far

A hair’s breadth away
—eternity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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Your Words

For those who will listen,
and those who can hear

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 35 Views
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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

 11 Views
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For Those

For those who will listen,
and those who can hear

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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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

 47 Views
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Orphaned Shadows

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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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

 14 Views
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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

 63 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 26 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Boys

Elegant grunge…
the Rolling...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Re: Warren 'Link' Draper

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Till It's Gone

Time…
our most precious consumable

Buying each footstep
—lace on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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Before Goodbye

Unliving your memory
—unbreaking my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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A Picture's Worth...

Painting with words,
poetry my canvas

Hanging through the ages
—signed with my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Creases

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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Viventem Et Mori

Living right,
death of no concern

Dying right
—life begins...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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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

 76 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 17 Views
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Deo Natus Est

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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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

 16 Views
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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

 16 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 13 Views
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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

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 59 Views
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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

 9 Views
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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

 12 Views
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The Call Of Tomorrow

Divorced from my shadow,
estranged from the words

My heart to philander
—new innocence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
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Breathless

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
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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

 22 Views
added 3 years ago
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Born & Bred

Some words forever born inclined,
others bred in shadows

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Fortune Of Words

The writing,
compensates itself
in the writer

Every word
an inheritance,
each phrase...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Morphing In Time

Remembering the present,
forgetting the past

Turning into the other
—the moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 56 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 58 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 63 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Divinus

Ambient poetry,
truth on the vine

Words of the moment
—vintage...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 7 Views
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Morrison

In adolescence he created
the myth

That untamed
—devoured...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 16 Views
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Nisi Poeta

Only a Poet

can stab time in the heart,

to bleed free and eternal

—only a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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

 19 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 17 Views
added 3 years ago
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She's Gone

Tears from a straw,
heartache from a tumbler

Ice from a memory
—fire from my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
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Wasting Time

Squandering what you
never had

And what you’ll never ...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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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

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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Moments Left

The Poet’s real enemy
is time

Alone to struggle
—moments to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 53 Views
added 3 years ago
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Back Turned

Refusing to ever
say hello

The coward says...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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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

 61 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 74 Views
added 3 years ago
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Keeper Of The Flame

Weaver of dreams,
caretaker of the word

Orator of the heart
—steward of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
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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

 56 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 12 Views
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 66 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 16 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 22 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Awaiting Breath

The incarnation of silence,
sound without tone

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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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

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 10 Views
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Verbal Quicksand

You can’t argue or reason
your way
into transcendence

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 3 years ago
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Can CEGA

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 17 Views
added 3 years ago
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Heaven's Ear

When the spirit listens
—the heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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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

 12 Views
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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

 13 Views
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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

 72 Views
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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

 16 Views
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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

 13 Views
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Gabriel's Horn

In the end…
all we have left
is the music

And music,
will be
more than...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 95 Views
added 3 years ago
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Diametrix

Poetry and Political Correctness
—the ultimate...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 64 Views
added 3 years ago
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Poetry Too!

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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My Breath

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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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

 8 Views
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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

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 9 Views
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No-Stalgia

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Belleza Es Verdad

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

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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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

 7 Views
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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

 11 Views
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dark Weaving

Clothing the world
in hate and destruction

Shame is the loom
 that weaves...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 74 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 23 Views
added 3 years ago
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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

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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