Sage48's Poems

Here's the list of poems submitted by sage48  —  There are currently 606 poems total — keep up the great work!

Words Of Prey

Thunder in the wind,
lightning on the plain
Glory in the moment
heaven to exclaim

Voices freed of bondage,
willful souls released
Stalking through the ages past
—hunting for the beast

(The First Book Of Prayers: February, 2022)...

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Hollow Grams

Distant meandering,
macro denial
the moment a slave
to eternity’s child

Caught on a tether,
all freedom a myth
the boundaries self-serving
with nothing at risk

The sum past the tally,
its measure unscored
the players outnumbered
their...

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Unringing The Bell

Nearly forgotten…
his name in the wind
to blow unattended
—direction at whim

(Dreamsleep: February,...

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The Keyhole

Creating an exit,
my psyche expands
all locks have been opened,
no shrill reprimand

The light has rekindled,
my way again clear
a willful expression
—new freedom endeared

(Dreamsleep: February, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Set In Stone

Change what you did,
and I’ll change how I feel
You can’t change forever
denying what’s real
The fly’s in the ointment,
the die has been cast
This moment endemic
—predestined to last

(Dreamsleep: February, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Shillingford Lent

Neither worth the breath
of one muted bard…

Nor worth the time
of a chance denial

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Quote The Raven

A hole that can’t be filled
an ocean that can’t be crossed
a phrase that can’t be spun
inhaling your exhaust
The measure off the scale
the truant thrice reclassed
the memory twice forgotten
the die that’s never cast
A spider web unwoven
a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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F-Stop

Only a photograph
can truly stop time
framed in remembrance
—forever sublime

(Dreamsleep: February,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Common Threads

Collective self-consciousness,
the well where I draw
old voices and struggles
lie deep in its craw
What’s shared but unstated,
reflexively pawned
to borrow ungiven
the right to what’s wrong
Collective self-consciousness,
polarity’s friend
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Answer The Call

Each line,
each phrase,
each spoken word,
a step toward…
the One

(The First Book Of Prayers: January, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Insomnia

Musing with Laura,

 sleep is denied
Dreams wait unkindled
—darkness on fire

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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27 Club

Christened in the night
by rain
at the crossroads
Kissing each memory
that burns

 —breathing his words again

(Hazlehurst Mississippi: October, 1975)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Last Rite

Bury the hurt
to get over the pain
As memory relines
with forgiveness again

Bury the past
for new light to break through
With darkness abandoned
—your spirit anew


(Las Vegas: January, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Strawberry Roans

Turn out those horses
that came back without me

Honor their service
that carried me on

Turn out those horses
that strut in my absence

Dusted in silver
—my honor is strong

(Las Vegas: January, 2022)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Tragic Cost....

The genius of Robin Williams,
the prescience of Harry Nilsson
The magic of Brian Wilson,
the artistry of Nina Simone
Celebrity robbed them of their greatest gift,
the most treasured one of all
To live at peace within themselves
—a normal life...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Death Online

Unsupported website…

 wingless flightless bird

 Distant echo of keystrokes past
—lost abandoned words

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Deepest Breath

Daggers of enmity,
truth ill disposed

Faceless indemnity
—unspoken words


(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Going Home

Not welcoming death
but befriending its shadow
whose blanket I wear
in this carrying wind

The brother to life
who spawned all existence
his eyes are my wings
—flying into the night

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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May December

Can you grow old
with someone thirty years younger
Will you listen to music
without experiences attached
Can you look at her mother
and not see your old prom date
Will you laugh at her jokes
with the punch line unknown
Can you watch her...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cowboy Up

Rodeo Poet,

 bronc riding Sage
Arena unbridled
—dallies unfrayed

(Las Vegas: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Full Circle

Your arms around a memory,
your heart around the past
your hope around tomorrow’s wish
—your present to recast

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Riptide

It’s always been different
and always the same
it’s all been anonymous
and all had a name
It’s had no beginning
and having no end
the truth lost in playing
this game of pretend
The magic in giving,
what’s been taken is lost
the price of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Potentia Mutare

You can’t fill your dry spots
out of a whisky bottle
Or chase away demons
with a dirty needle
Or change the future
pointing the finger of blame
The freedom within you
—the power to change

(The New Room: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Matthew 18:3

Tonight, I became my youngest son,
my oldest son now gone
My youth reframed, new joy proclaimed,
a lost returning song

Tonight, I became that little boy,
whose playpen sets me free
All toys reclaimed, no further blame
—to enter joyfully

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Bringing Up The Rear

The only one along this road…
riding shotgun through my mind
Tomorrow waits for someone else,
lost wanderings consigned
Forgetting what the moment augurs,
living in the past
Confirming what I’m most afraid of
—behind whoever’s last

(The...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Lost To Love

Your memory found me wordless,
too mute to carry on
Trapped between old verbs and nouns,
silence for a song

With love a distant haunting,
we mime a tragic vow
What once we had… the good, the bad
—this quietude abounds

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Aenigma

Hard to love
—harder to know

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Beyond The Flames

You can burn a book,
but never burn its truth
The flames sear the meaning,
tattooed at the root

Dousing this sacrilege,
my felony went untried
Escaping with the Muse in tow
—a fugitive decried

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Rod Serling Remembered

What’s in a photograph
in reference to time
The events as portrayed
or what they call to mind

Focused on tomorrow,
the picture is lame
Its history frozen
—the future unframed

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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"Thou Shalt Not Covet..."

Religion
a prison…
to fence and restrain

Spoken
or written…

 it tries to contain

What can’t
be conscripted
or coveted pure

The Presence
as given
—freely endures

(The First Book Of Prayers: January, 2022).
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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When Time Stopped

The future hung desperately on to the past,
like a pilot fish to a whale
Swimming through the current of times gone by,
lost moments were impaled
The seconds ticked down, day blacker than night,
intention in denial
As deep in the din, voices...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Gypsy Wind

The beginning and ending
are easy to see
The middle much harder
and masked by degree

It moves and it changes
from angle and scope
To keep you uneasy
—and married to hope

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Jail Break

Hiding between imprisoned lines,
a fugitive of verse
turning my back on pleadings made,
musings that amerce

The lengthy sentence of my mind,

 fleeing my recall
to leave the spoken word confined
—released to scale the wall

(Dreamsleep:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Apex Predator

To run from today
or hide from tomorrow,
the ultimate hunter,
time waiting downwind

Each day a stalking,
your tracks to betray you,
escape out of season
—the wolf closing in

(Sacandaga Lake, New York: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Writing The Storm

“Replay the riff in G,”
Robby said to Ray

“Come in a half beat behind,”
they both said to John

Then the three looked at Jim who said…
“Lay it all down,
turn it all over,
and pull it all back”

(8901 West Sunset Boulevard: West Hollywood...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Darkness Through The Glass

Is there something unwanted
or even decried
that lives in the bottom
of all you’ve despised
to weep when you’re happy
the prefect of tears
confusing the moment
defying the years
its magic conscripting
new days into night

 trapping what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Out Of The Void

That pit in my soul…
a space left unfilled
The harder I struggle,
the deeper it drills

Its emptiness constant,
dominion unsure
A puppet on tethers,
with vacuum secured

One choice left unspoken,
whose die never cast
To reach through...

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Hunting The Silence

Sleeping inside my fury,
the predators keep away
Passing downwind of my ire,
seeking lesser prey

My strength is wrapped around me,
no more armor do I need
The fangs of lions, bears, and wolves,
break upon my sleeve

My campfire roars in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Finality Of Love

Shedding a final tear
from the cellar of my pain
The walls close in the sorrow
imprisoning me again

Breathing a final sigh
into a memory you forget
My words trapped into silence
—alone with my regret

(The New Room: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Bottom Line

If a million people read your work,
or possibly just one

What then will change, the numbers feign
—result still zero-sum

(The New Room: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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-Debt Service-

I’m running out of money,
but I’ve still got some time
and only just one question
…can you lend me a dime

My dollars spent on something
that quarters can’t divide
my nickels for what’s come and gone
…can you lend me a dime

Tomorrow comes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Answering The Bell

Using the intellect
to understand God
A circle unending
no light in the fog

Our mind like a hammer
to pry and to nail
Constrained by our motion
and destined to fail

But deep in our essence
that we’ve named the soul
A voice is there...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Whole Card

He outlived his father

 to outlive himself
The shadow he chased
—an ace left undealt

(Dreamsleep: January, 2022)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Surviving The Dream

I hate the business of writing
the commerce of word craft
the tedium of publishing
the deadlines imposed

I hate the word count
the editing and proofing
the book signing travel
and agents exposed

I hate the promotion
each workshop and...

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Copper Wire

Does your writing lack power,

 is it merely verbose,
as you labor line to line

Is the message red meat
or a vegan’s delight,
its essence so defined

Each word as an arrow
that strikes for the heart,
its tip to preordain

The strength...

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Business Tenet #1

It’s not about what’s right…
but about who has the power
to dictate what’s right

(University Of Pennsylvania: January,...

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-Above The Tree Line-

Somewhere West of where he was,
and East of where he’d been
The mountains called their distant cry,
a pleading heard within
The alpine air, the red-tailed hawk,
their spirits hail his name
To thence return, the past on fire
—his freedom to...

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Silent Thunder

Oftentimes, what doesn’t get said
—makes the loudest sound

(Hotel Majestic Saigon, Vietnam: January, 2014)
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A Quiet American

Hear…
before speaking the words
unwritten

Speak…
after writing the words
unheard

(Hotel Majestic Saigon, Vietnam: January, 2014)
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Within Us All...

No people or culture
lack the knowledge of God,
no matter how tribal
or famed

A Buddhist, Swahili,
a Mayan or Jew,
His message embedded,
ingrained

Those willing to listen
and heed to His call,
a power within
drives them on

Until...

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Until The Mirror Cracks

The ego of the atheist,
himself the standard bearer
Where power of a mortal mind,
inflates beyond repair

His facts he weds intensely,
dimension fencing in
What’s not explained, he must profane,
all emptiness within

Whose formulas and...

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Spiration

Water, ice, and steam,
the Trinity as seen
Three persons unto God,
whose will and spirit laud

In Holy contradiction,
their essence so defined
Divine interpretation,
eternity sublime

This moment of no matter,
nor past nor futures...

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Medium Vitae

What is the value
of faith without doubt
Love without hatred,
peace without routs

What is the meaning
of joy without pain
Words without silence,
sun without rain

Into the middle
both sides fall within
Dimension redundant,
all endings...

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Blood Stains

Compelled to fight dirty,
in attempts to stay clean
The shadows conscripted,
clandestine and mean
Surprise as an ally,
you stalk and you spy
To vanquish the monster
—declawed and defied

(Villanova Chapel: December, 2021)
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Aureola

Will,
the highest power
ensouled

Choice
so anointed
—sacred beholds

(The First Book Of Prayers: December, 2021)
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One Choice Remains

Often life more cruel than death,
pandemics to defy
Each breath of pain a new refrain,
whose fate we must comply

We live each choice right to the end,
all consequence dethroned
Until the reaper grants reprieve,
no mercy to be shown

This...

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Removing The Veil

The essence of wisdom
lies in simplicity
hiding in plain sight
—for eyes that can see

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Terminal Reef

Like water…
fear seeks its own level
Rich or poor
it wades through our consciousness
Driving us inward
toward sirens of darkness
Shrilling the moment
—with lyres of doubt

(Hereford Inlet: December, 2021)
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Katana Slashings

Do words serve the meaning,
or meaning the words

Simply delivered,
complexity heard

Muddled presentment,
the message undone

Brevity pointed,
to pierce zero-sum

(The New Room: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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14 Peaks

From the beginning
we shake hands with death
At first as a stranger
when caught in its net

And last as a friend
bearing gifts from beyond
A bridge for one crossing
past futures begone

While leaving behind

 the measure of fate
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Regifting

Spiritual commerce
Poetic lies
Phrases for sale
Proselytized
Prescience begins
Necessity ends
Words given freely
—tomorrow defends

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Muted & Alone

In the poverty of sound
hides a final goodbye
Mortgaging the silence
with debt to decry

A tenancy of sorrow
with melody banned
An orchestra homeless
—foreclosure at hand

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Moses Walked

You can’t think your way to faith,
all reason unadorned

Or speak to what is felt inside,
self-knowledge most forlorn

For those invested time must bow,
a legion unto one

As seas will part and bushes burn
—in rapture’s kingdom come

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...To God's Ears

If I could trade my pen for flutes,
the ink would disappear
whose harmony no page beholds,
a rhapsody so clear

If I could trade my thoughts for sound,
an orchestra of one
my heart would fly inside my voice,
the searching all but done

If...

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Bourne Free

Too wise for anything
but faith…
to be carried by angels
in love’s holy grail

The light in her eyes
to reign majestic
illumined by heavens
flowering dale

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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To Kiley, Hunter, Braden & Parker

The house is quiet,
as Knothead’s asleep

Hershey Kisses in place
on the staircase to reap

There’s snow on the roof,
with the chimney unblocked

For Santa to enter,
new soot on his frock

The cookies and milk
on the hearth reappear

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Rolling Downhill

Tumbling down the stairs
of misfortune

Slipping on the banana peels
of time

A curtain came down
on his opening act

The Fat Lady singing
—unrhymed

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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August Breeze

Memories of a summer day,
chasing colder winds away

Lasting treasures so defined,
lace the corners of my mind

Zephyrs of a distant past,
breath unto my soul’s repast

Every hope and wish redeemed
—melting fast this winter freeze

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Invisible Ink

Before the writing,
collecting memories
silent endowments

 pages without lines

Before the writing,
I traveled a dreamer
imagining truant
what tomorrow defines

Before the writing,
the words clouded over
passing in bunches
like birds on...

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Red Sky

Dawning of clarity,

 light in the fog
direction a savior,
our way through the bog

It shines like a beacon,
sirens ignored
our compass replotting
—toward heavenly shores

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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"Quietude"

The fleeting comfort of her silence,
rocking his troubles to sleep
All noise has abated, the bats have gone out
—till dawn o’er the belfry to greet

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Circulus Quadratus

Leaving the things we need the most,
we come back for what we love

A circle squared from inside out
—the cream to rise above

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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At War

Alone with his memories,
sleep would not come
The minutes, the hours,
time’s haunting begun
Together reliving
each choice made in vain
His will and his conscience
—in conflict again

(The New Room: December, 2021)
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Nocturnal Mystery

The sun is down
and you’re standing on the platform all alone
with night
that friend who never questions…
But dawn is looming
with its predictable answer
never asking what went on before

 as you stand there and wonder…
Does all confusion...

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Looking Out

You linger outside
always questioning why
when the answer’s inside
where uncertainty dies

Your world of approval
and life of acclaim
provide little comfort
when there’s no one to blame

You told me it mattered
you told me you cared
but...

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Checkmate

Reason dies without faith

 men but a pawn
to move in set patterns
not seeing beyond

Logic and cogence
delude and mislead

 with vision and instinct
left wounded to bleed

Reason dies without faith
enslaved to the line

 paper to crumble
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Upon A Midnight Clear

Faith,
Reasons Achille’s Heel
Dialectic’s
Lord And Master
Philosophy’s Warden
Academic Invader
Time Imploder
Existing Divine

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Meltdown

The bars of the jail
those electronics we serve
our cellphones and laptops
new wardens in stir


 Ipods and Ipads
to Tweet and I.M.
the virtual distance
created within

24/7
we Text back and forth
when Email’s too slow

 a much faster...

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The Fleeting Motherlode

High minded but low brow,
and living the contradiction
of a greater truth
I’m caught between transcendence
and pontification
my pockets ladened
with a traitor’s silver
—in search of gold

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Wildcards

When writing the words,
are they thought or then felt
Which to come first,
cards different once dealt

But sometimes together,
as in straights or a flush
They win back the reader
—with more than potluck

(Rosemont College: December, 2021)...

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Heaven's Imprint

Though happy when wealthy
I’m happy when poor
my happiness fluid
and flows from the core

The riches inside me
their bounty implied
with love as the constant
rejection denied

All queens in their castles
each king on his throne
their...

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Through The Glass Darkly

Poets believe
they were born out of time,
each era too early, too late,
out of rhyme

Creations main doctrine
for those so inclined
connects what’s unspoken
—to a far greater mind

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Leaving Grandma's House

I walked the same path I had always walked,
but the flowers and the bushes were changed
The birds had stopped singing, the woods became dark,
and my memory a tiger untamed
I came to that spot where tomorrow began,
but the gates to its entry...

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A Pox On Dorian Gray

The artist may tarnish,
but his art remains clean
His intention stays ageless,
his wishes pristine

Though rust covers over
what’s harder to see
The base is still there
—and the spirit still free

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Poisoning The Well

We turn a deaf ear
as they live with the pain
of those who we cancel
with biting disdain

Unable to rise
above selfish intent
with opioid bias
our progeny bent

Pontification
colors the flow
young ears once thought distant
to reap what...

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Actio Ad Deum

The Agent Intellect…
God speaking loud
Aquinas his servant,
empirically proud

Action is needed,
the soul lies in wait
The body left wanting
—new pearls for the gate

(Villanova University: December, 2021)
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Plain Brown Wrapper

If the message complex,
the delivery simple

The meaning the magic,
the words zero-sum

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Second Guessing

This word or that word,
the length of the line

The meter, the rhythm,
to rhyme or not rhyme

Each voice comes unsettled,
new phrases diverse

Is it this way or that way
—when penning the verse

(The New Room: December, 2021)
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Branching Inward

The bark of my knowing
is rotting away
With grain left exposing
what memory betrays
Those things I pushed outward

 root deeply within
As the oldest of wood
—makes the best violin

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Broken Free

I’m not asking for approval,
that belongs to time
The spoken words I cherish most,
to you seem out of rhyme
I’m not asking for acceptance,
my muse rejects your praise
In darker moments light is found
—your comments weakly phrased

(The New...

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"My God"

Why does your religion
have to disfavor mine
To speak to its converts
and prattle Divine

Foundations this slanted
are poised for a fall
Appeasing their zealots
who follow and maul

More killed by religion
in His holy name
Than famine...

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Braden's Song

“You may be declared the winner, Papa
—but you never beat the game”

(Grandson: Glastonbury Connecticut: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Creation's Tears

In the beginning God cried…
He cried for His fallen Angel
and He cried for His Son
His tears forming the great rivers and oceans
His sighs the vast deserts
His pain the tall mountains
His light from the darkness
His love the first garden...

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Coup D'etat

Fashioned in enameled vacancy,
the gentry’s veil was pierced

Exposed unclean, all vices seen,
through fury sharp and fierce

The folly of their blasphemy,
whose cover all but blown

With blood to flow from ramparts high
—once driven from...

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Tone Death

Waiting for the music,
naked and alone
the words become orphans,
unsung and unknown

The letters in limbo,
each phrase nether blown
with melody absent
—the magic disowned

(Rosemont College: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Angel In Waiting

What stirs within the buried heart,
what lies beneath the whim

What Seraphim have yet to pray,

 what sinners yet to sin

What hides within those thoughts that stray,
what leaf remains unturned

What stirs within the buried heart,
what...

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Key To The Kingdom

The riches of anonymity,
the poverty of fame

All treasure in what freedom brings
—myself unknown to claim

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
‘Tribute To J.D. Salinger
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Irradiance

Why do you need a ladder
when you’re holding the sun,
the light deep within you
—transcendence begun

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Victim Of Self

Often, the worst punishment
you can suffer
—is not getting caught

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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Oxymaria

Most miserable
when she’s happy

Most shameful
when she’s proud

Most prescient
when unconscious

Most distant

 in a crowd

Most forthright
when not speaking

Most giving
when denied

Most secret
when she’s telling all

Most...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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More Precious Than Gold

The script of experience,
endorsing our wills
banking our choices,
paying our bills

Crediting our memory
for what lies ahead
debentures of faith
the black and the red

A ledger retallied,
both columns in sync
the plus and the minus,
...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Waiting For An Echo

The cold dripping silence,
day after day…

Washes the future,
past floating away

Drop by drop,
filling up with regret

Drowning the moment
—caught in its net

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Inside The Moment

Keeping it new,
beginning again
clearing my eyes,
avoiding the din

Keeping it new,
the present untold
the past but a weight,
the future on hold

Keeping it new,
returning at last
to what never leaves,
and never contrasts

Keeping it...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Euphues Rules

Wise and in love,
be there never the day

Where reason and passion
—together will lay

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Short Window

He burned the book on the second day,
its truth not till the third
but in between–his memory screamed,
forever to be heard

(Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania: December, 2021)...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Blessing's For Sale

Church always sides
with canons and might,
preaching of dawn
while blessing the night

Holiness shines
among diamonds and gold,
the battle unwon
—till redemption is sold

(Dreamsleep: December, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Life Sentence

After the diagnosis,
each moment a dream
of years and then months
and days in between

After the surgery,
the dream became real
time again captured
—the sentence repealed

(The New Room: December, 2021)
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The Forest And The Trees

Don’t let the poetry
weaken the poem

The structure a servant
—for what’s to be known

(The New Room: December, 2021)
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Right After The Bell

The Baltimore Catechism,
mornings at eight
Sister Marcella,
don’t ever be late

Its message didactic,
the devil to run
Each question, each answer,
with God zero-sum

Who and what made me,
and why every day
Resistance was futile,
dissent...

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No Kiss On The Mouth

The hooker had saved a piece of herself,
a part kept new not old

As pure and pristine as a fresh running stream,
never bartered, never sold

The johns came and went, the money got spent,
each trick relined with pain

But in one sacred...

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Desert Of Youth

“Nip and tuck” her surgeon says,
crow’s feet on the run

Tighter skin on feathered whims,
botox zero-sum

An ageless wonder creaks inside,
bones preserve the tale

And when she smiles her lips on fire
—wanton to regale

(The New Room:...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Ex Fonte

It doesn’t matter who it’s to,
it matters who it’s from

The sender based in deeper snow,
whose tracks forever come

It doesn’t matter what you say,
it matters what they thought

Intention shouting loud and clear
—once given never bought
...

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Before Thereafter

“Why”
said the river,
refusing to run

“The mountain’s
on fire,

 snow all but gone

“Beginning
or ending,

  truth is the same

“The start
in the finish
—loss in the gain”

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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No Mans Land

With little to gain
and much more to lose
the soldier reloads
no longer to choose

A fate most uncertain
all outcome in doubt
his soul placed in Limbo
—too late to back out

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Indelibly Inked

You can’t wash away loneliness,
it lurks and it spies
a stain on tomorrow
where destiny cries

You can’t keep what’s been stolen
or find what’s not there,
alone and deserted
—the soap of despair

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Safe In Our Beds

Diminished
but ennobled,
the soldier came home
his two limbs
traded for the
sanctuary
of a deeper peace

Broken
in completeness,
his braces held proud
each battle
medaled
in the memory
—of his finest hour

(The New Room: November,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Baited & Switched

Salt lick temptation
lures that dangle,
camouflaged darkness
masks and blinds

Easily captured
when most attracted,
flypaper memories
—trap and bind

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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Blind Side

The last day of vacation,
you told me things had changed

The last day of vacation,
each word seducing pain

The last day of vacation,
a new look in your eyes

The last day of vacation,
unveiling your disguise

The last day of vacation,
...

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Those Who Can't...

Tin cup of criticism
hollow and blue
Empty aspersions
poison the brew

Its venom unasked for
distilling in pain
Opinion left rancid
—acidic and vain

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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Stone Etchings

In judgment we are sentenced…
its verdict zero-sum

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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As Diamonds Form

Poetry…
an endeavor of disturbing
contradictions
A recording of restless
anticipations
—and lasting treasure

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Crossroads

Winning and learning
or
losing and dying
a choice made
exclusive
—the moment undone

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Where Pigs Fly

The magnitude of ignorance
staggers beyond
the scope of imagining,
a weakening throng

The danger of assumption,
its hard biting edge
empowers deception
shoved over the ledge

The vacuums of denial
we fight to defend
are lost in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Crown Of Thorns

Cloning the emperor,
assuming the throne
knighted impostor,
unregally grown

With hell for a kingdom,
his scepter ignites
flames burning memory,
a mirror’s delight

The queen held for ransom,

 a prince in his bed
jester on fire,
all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Nightmare On Main Street

Fear,
a dark hunter
that preys on our doubt
Chasing us
into
—a lost horizon

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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When All Else Fails

Is anything more memorable
than a smell
With eyes fully closed,
sound not forthcoming
Paralyzed fingers,
devoid of touch
Starvation filtered hunger,
taste denied
What could be more memorable
—than a smell

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Half Past Forever

It’s not about the watch you wear,
but more about the time

The messenger lost when references cross
—all numbers out of rhyme

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Rebel In The Shade

Standing hidden off to the side
naked and alone,
his aura too imposing,
his cover all but blown

A target of those dilettantes,
consummate poseurs,
his space they had surrounded
—his legend to procure

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Kingdom Of One

Opulent solitude,
how rich it becomes
alone in one’s shadow,
times riches in sum

To revel monastic
o’er sultans and earls,
whose joyous reflection
—your diamonds and pearls

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cry Of The Flute

Lost in today,

 found in tomorrow
tears roll like silver
lace beaded swans

 Chasteness wanton,
timestamped forever

 music absolving
—calling beyond

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Blood Trail

Leaving the place you’re going to,
my ultimate regret
a thorny road of promised dreams
I fled but can’t forget

Leaving the place that claims my heart,
still beating—buried deep
your pathway marked with blood I shed
whose wound this distance...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Birthmark

The infancy of evil,
infirmities youth
Children surrendered
—caught in its truth

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Nocturnal Mask

The smoky structure of forgotten dreams,
buried in the breath of lost denial
Stealing from sleep what life rebukes
—disguising what the coming dawn reviles

(Dreamsleep: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Red Sky In Mourning

Darkness cometh before the storm,

  mistrals threaten,
caution scorned

Mercy lost in its bloody hail,

 tempest raging
—hope assailed

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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Birds Of A Feather

Not to be agreed with…
just to be heard

The flock singing hollow,
reechoing words

(Dreamsleep: October, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Road Untraveled

Individual’s individual,
summation of one

The snow always fresh,
no marks on the trail

Those tracks left by others,
a map to retreat from

Direction internal
—new spirit to hail

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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The 8th Year

In confessionals of doubt
he chased absolution
The devil unmasked
—his penance forsworn

(Washington Chapel: November, 2021)
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by Kurt Philip Behm

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One Hand Clapping

Too busy writing
to care if you listened
Space there before me,
live ink on the page

To say it just once
with no echo to follow
Questions—unanswered
endorsement prepaid

(The New Room: November, 2021)
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Grounded In The Night

He saw the world in burlesque,
light dancing upon the stage
The great blue fanning ocean
and rainbow colored pastie orbs
Caught between the music and the
shadow of the extreme
The curtain falling deftly marking
the beginning and the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Praying Mantis

Something you had never heard…
something you had always known

Something new yet something old…
something borrowed—something...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Life Ring

Memory left drowning
betwixt and beyond
 floating discarded
on yesterday’s pond

The future is calling
in voices distressed
 reservoirs draining
tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Unmasking

Behind the walls
of his fantasy
an actor played his role
dishonest in death
dishonest in life
 face like ashen coal

Taking the stage
left, center, and right
soliloquy to fawn
each pleading rehearsed
all truth in reverse
—footlights dark and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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...Et Spiritus Sancti

Born fully human,
more fully Divine

Our Savior upon us,
existence sublime

The sum of three persons,
all persons as one

His love in the mystery
sent down from above

A choice beyond question,
its truth beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Final Draft

My poetry selfish,
a teacher I’m not,
my message once for saying

Instruction a tool
long missing and gone,
imagery not relaying

The ivory tower
a dungeon to me
where freedom goes to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Improvisus

A jazz musician
wonders back
to his days at the keyboard…
each note over practiced
until melody pure
and magic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Short Straw

Eenie, Meenie, Miny, Mo,
drums beat loud, a finger shows
 Tigers prowl within our reach
—on tippytoes our fate...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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To Lead The Blind

Charted lanes of custom,
 complacency alights
familiarity trumping all
—mindless in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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A Last Dance

How looks my love at dawn
in Spring
the air a festive vase
of hope
to lord each sprout of truth
with praise
and sing what only birds...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Guardian Angel Baby

Lingering…
the shadow of his wings
 a constant reminder
that love is a covering
to strip and lay bare
like that final March snow
hiding tulips...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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To Rise Again

No ordered enchantment,
no purpose in luck
No dreams in forgetting,
no lover mistook

A bells rings in silence
when ears have gone dry
A bat’s in the chimney
when fire’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Bad Pennies...

Writing is a messy feast
where crumbs fall to the floor
to aggregate and congregate
to hide and form and spore

Left alone and thrown away
these remnants take new life
invading what you fear the most
on dark and stormy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Storming The Walls

Within this structure,
my words remain
Each line a fortress,
as thoughts refrain

The ramparts solid,
its moat retracts
All quivers loaded,
as doubt attacks

The enemy constant,
assault on fire
What darkness births,
one phrase...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Faith In The Wind

I said it all long ago
once in a poem
Nothing to restate,
 no words to explain
The waters have traveled,
my ship has long sailed
Your curious intention
brings only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Drums & Bugles

Good governance,
the enemy of government
States rights,
oxymoronic at best
What works,
the bane of impostors
Who exist
to feather their...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Call Of The Lute

I lived to find silence,
chasing hither and yon
till morning turned inward
reaching deeply beyond

Now firmly embedded
inside of myself
my eyes turned away
—from what’s spoken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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One-Way Mirrors

The rich man seeks the alms
of my envy
And the poor man the alms
of my guilt
Both missing what hides
in reflection
Dreams trapped in the silver
to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Mourning Dove

The music of passion…
it comes from within
Untouched by tomorrow,
it lives to begin

In corners of darkness,
through fits of despair
It waits like a songbird
—to sing out a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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One Last Time

I’m not wishful anymore
or here to ride the wave
My feet both mired in aging mud,
my heart now turned away

I’m not here to save the world,
nobility be damned
Time on trial my last denial
—on distant Ronan...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Breakaway

I look upon the angry ice
and men that prowl its form
to stab and poke in rich delight
a chance to ride the storm

With blades on fire and sticks held high
they weave and crash as one
in search of that elusive net
—still guarded and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Ball & Chain

Hostage to fortune,
prisoner of time

Trophies a burden,
 polished and shined

Greed but a jailer,
freedom denied

Hope in confinement
—wishing a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Leaving New Tracks

Born young again myself befriends,
the years all left behind
To wither and die one last goodbye
then bury into time
Born young until myself instilled
as deja vu reminds
Of Autumn snow my heart aglow
—new memory in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Breaking—Free

Outrunning his destiny
fate to rescind
chance in the rearview
reflections within

A moment to gather
a lifetime in chase
the wind bearing transit
 —alone in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Buying Time

In debt to the moment,
invoice inscribed…
tomorrow defaulting,
old debits a lie

The hour upon us
whose present awaits,
all payments in cash
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Vox Divina

Ending the silence
His voice resounds…
filling the prophets
with joy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Deeper Roots

To bloom
where you’re planted
Flower
on the sill
Magic
with each budding
Forever
—and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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In Debt To Rene

Denying the soul…
all words are in vain
a verbal inherence
—spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Cartesian Lullaby

The Present
an undivided instant,
motion incarnate
senses believed

The Past left captive
to memory’s enigma,
the Future escaping
—wishes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Inside Out

The past is a forgotten country,
tomorrow a foreign land
traveling inward I leave today
—free of times...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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With No Escape

In dark corners of the city,
old shadows are found

In dark corners of the city,
premonitions abound

In dark corners of the city,
the doors swing one way

In dark corners of the city,
your soul becomes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Too Little / Too Late

What did it cost but regret,
what did it take but denial

What did it bring but despair
—what in the end was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Mystery Le Grande

Three persons together,
all speaking as God
each part sum in total
—in reverence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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False Witness

Religions embedded,
division commands
which savior, which heaven,
epistles in hand

Devotion to difference,
each split ever wide
one bible three meanings
—all preaching a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Coming About

Roaming the prairies and fields
of confusion
Coursing the oceans and lakes
of delusion
Resetting my compass by the
northernmost star
Journeying inward
—where near meets the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Crossing The Equator

Granting myself latitude,
I stretched every word
In substance and context
—the truth to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Orphaning Winds

Changing with each season,
voices come and go
what’s lost undreamed, ourselves demeaned,
in search of the unknown

Naked and left wanting,
fortune sires myth
impregnating its mystery
—with tales of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The—Trap

Its flow an accordion,
to stretch and compress
A double delusion,
old memory suppressed
New moments upon us,
the instant revealed
Time claiming them all
—redundant...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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If Not The Trinity...

Can God do what he cannot do,
can a circle then be squared

Can choices made be taken back,
their history stripping bare

Can memory lapse and then recall
the things it chose to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Giving And Taking

The words merely borrowed,
to then juxtapose

Each Poet the debtor,
whose lender forgoes

All lines duly tendered,
with verses inured

The beauty, the order
—new feelings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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"The Double Edge"

The tragedy of accident,
the wonderment of fate
imprisoning destiny
—on whose steps we...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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The Last Mirage

Drowning
in the tides of thirst,
the dam opened wide
—for better or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Fault—Line

Deeper than love,
deeper than hate
the abyss that surrounds
inclement to wait

Fortune redundant,
heads in the clouds
escape not an option
—lost faces...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Above The Beyond

Music is the highest art,
eternity its host

Time enraptured note by note,
transcendence dose by dose

Calling out and drawing in,
beyond all paint and stone

The minstrel frees the poet’s words
—and drives the feelings...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Wasted—Breath

Verbal incessance,
spewing the words
Feelings left orphaned
—sheaths without...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Bent Straight

Is time distorted
or our memory of time

A finite connection
—dimension...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Blinded-By-The-Light

There’s something more valued
than dollars and cents…
humanity trumping pretend

Your mantra has been
that “winning’s enough”
losing yourself in the end

Each attempt to be clever
and self-aggrandize
takes you away from what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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Beyond The Tide

I don’t write for you,
I don’t write for me
—I write for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Oraculum

That which than nothing
greater can be said…
‘The...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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With The Dawn...

Stepping out from under its shadow,
basking in the light

Morning returns what yesterday stole
—memory taking...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Lambs To Slaughter

Sometimes,
the very best informed
remain the most naïve

Cronkite
in 1963,
“Oswald Was The One”

The Mob sat back
and licked their chops,
“Bobby’s Finished Now”

As millions mourn
in false belief
—and Warren to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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To Always Return

For me,
one time is not enough
Canyons widen
neath mountain bluffs

For me,
each time lay unforeseen
Magic transient
—a richer...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Monument Valley

To write and wander
among the spires

Her mystery ancient,
each look inspired

The sand the measure
of all between

What’s in my soul
—and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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The Praesidium

Are your words personal or objective,
that great divide

The second has all the letters present
…except...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Ostrich

Do you draw on the facts
or color with bias
Blurring the truth
—your head in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Indian Sign

Silent but deadly,
the judgment of eyes
One look as your warning,
intensity cries

When meant for you only,
all others to miss
The glare in the staring
—unholiest...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Sum Zero Sum

To achieve a great victory,
you must forgive a great sin

Blood of the innocent,
death to begin

The voices of children,
our enemy’s shield

As bombs have no conscience
—till darkness to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Duodenary

Twelve notes…
that’s all there are
to captivate and swoon

Mozart
and/or Elton John
—July the same as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Killing The Goose...

Tearing at the roots
of what life is about,
science strips us bare

To wilt in description,
formulaic interred
—ivy walls that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Highway 93 Revisited

Ectopic Wanderings

Born far from where
I was supposed to be,
 nearer to the end
I chased the beginning
throughout my life
—forever going home

(Red Lodge Montana: September, 2021)


18kt...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Real Time

Saying goodbye to all that’s past,
tomorrow slipped away

The moment cherished, the instant pure
—living for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 2 years ago
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Time's Gauntlet

Searching for ideas
necessary to our existence
from legends
We challenge
the future
—with voices from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Moment Returns

Tomorrow in the barn,
today is at rest
A horse running free
—creation...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Leaving With The Sun

Bags…
stuffed full with dreams
packed in the night
—waiting for...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
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Guardian Age

The older I get
the lesser the pain
the gentler the words
—a healing refrain

The older I get
the sweeter the song
as memory protects
—myself to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 25 Views
added 2 years ago
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Breathing Room

Writing empty spaces,
words taken away

Leaving a great silence
—where destiny...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Before The Beginning

Embracing my illusion,
reality slipped away
as truth returned uncensored
—all memory out to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 2 years ago
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A Blacker Black

More pressing matters call…
time enough for the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Coming Together

You’re supposed to know
the people you know,
and not the people you don’t
You’re supposed to feel
the things you can feel,
and not the things that you can’t
You’re supposed to be
what your nature portends,
and not what convention ascribes
You’re...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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Turning The Page

Living within the bookends of time
those feelings unturned
each page a new rhyme

From cover to cover the verses conceal
the moments most precious
—my truth to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Beanstalk

Trying to become who you are…
often the highest tree to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Motherlode

Crack open the vein
and let me back in
The ore of your vision
to mine from within

All treasured remembrance
lay fallow unclaimed
Awaiting my entrance
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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The 'Chosen' Ones

Are we the most enlightened species…
based on what we’ve done

A planet raped, all hope betrayed,
our passions zero sum

If we’re so smart then why oh why
is getting on so hard

Mistakes rekindled, memory flamed
—our spirits burned and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Dream-Weavers

There are people
who
 I love to hate
that live inside my heart

They thread me
 in
then knot me up
new patterns in the dark

To make my world
a
thicker braid
than those who fawn and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Excalibur

“Draw me not without reason
nor sheath me without honor”

There’s blood in the inkwell
—death on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Between The Lines

Is reason the straightest road
to percipience
Or is truth intuition
—memory’s black...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Just Passing Through...

Your mountains and prairies are safe from me,
it’s only your roads I want
89 in Utah, 191 in Montana,
route 50 cutting Nevada in half
I’m not looking to stay or upset your order,
like New Yorkers and Californians do
I just want to ride to tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 2 years ago
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"And The Word Was Made Flesh..."

God is unquestioned,
therefore he has no answers

All questions for man
—looking outward in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Way West

Riding through fear
until passing regret

Excuses on fire,
memory beset

Leaving the past
and the future untold

Freedom inherent
—the moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Will & Grace

He never met a man he didn’t like
—or ever let a sunrise become...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Remembering Greg Noll...

Riding a giant wave,
dancing with God
Running from the Devil
—to the edge of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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Through A Glass Lightly

Outrunning his destiny,
overtaking his fate
Reprieving tomorrow
—all time to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Divine Nothingness

God has no essence
beyond his existence

No parts to the whole
—forever as...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Music By Moonlight

The nightingale only sings
to the rose bush,
Beauty to beauty
—nature...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Pyrolysis

From the fire, from the embers
of his bungalow
he sears,
the nights latest victim
—new ash in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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A Silent Toll

Are you everything you could have been,
the moments gone,
the wafer thin

While reaching out did you lose hold
of what defines you,
a broken mold

The chase elusive, running wild
into the darkness,
a bastard...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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To Glen

Hitchhiking Angel,
twelve stringed harp,
wandering spirit
—Elk City...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Twilight Disconnect

The farther away you get from your essence
—the longer your nights...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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The Divine Right...

Overcoming myself,
I crowned the impossible

The weight finally lifted
—abandoning the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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Fault Lines

Spiritual draftsmen,
builders of walls
Demanding blind homage,
 tithes of false hope

Fortressing darkness,
ministering fear
Evangelist’s rumbling
—prophets who...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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Damnation's Buffet

Death came to feast
on pride and ill intent

Leaving only bones
—the marrow sucked...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Breaking Free

Living at maximum RPM,
the world outside surrounds me
Setting traps and digging holes
to slow my motion down

I bob and weave, increasing speed,
the pitfalls deep and mighty
Hunted for the threat I pose
—their treadmills...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Before Before

Did time predate matter,
unto itself

Alive A Priori
—wholly...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Vision's Pyre

Burned
by the flame of
of his observation

Charred
by the memory
of a final...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Darker Side Of Camelot

Reigning in his own demise,
the alcoholic stumbles

Falling from the ramparts high,
hard upon the ground

A monarchy of lost regret,
in anger’s shame he crumbles

Trapped inside a broken dream
—heartache’s thorny...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Servitude

I’m willing to accept
that it’s all but a cloud
Memory behind me,
and draped in a shroud

I’m willing to accept
my fatality deemed
A portal indentured
—to dreams left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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The—Edge

Ideas…
cut glass of perception,
Obsidian tomorrows
—etching...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Sum Of Zero

That by which you no longer win
—you forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Left Of Center

Lost in confusion,
distracted by tomorrow
anxiety his lover
—memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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General Delivery

The road taken,
a path unwalked,
direction unto fate

A choice is made,
the debt unpaid
—redemption coming...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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Headlights Dear

Too far from the mojo
—too close to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Cobra's Flute

Be careful when
the Siren calls

because…

Where you fall in love
is where you’ll...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Illuminata

Dawn spoke to the darkness
in its language of light

Delivering tomorrow
—from the deafening...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Pavement Scaping

Lost in the city,
floundering alone
caught on the hook
of an abandoned dream
fighting in vain
against modernity’s pull
living the lie
—of eternity’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Of Human Bondage

Religion a misnomer
whose conscript is God

Devotion misguided
—preeminent...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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Carbon Dated

Life is short,
Art is long

Words but letters
—in search of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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At The Source

Prophetically contextual
—internally...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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As Wishes Fade

Tears…
watermarks of a dry tomorrow
Irrigant
—of hope’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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First Until Last

Forty years of turmoil…
the top of the heap
The head of the table,
but nothing has changed
Consensus of endorsement,
accolades of exhaustion
Whose tracks have long faded
—regret in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Truth In Default

All the young Jews,
all the young Christians,
all the young Muslims,
debt to confuse

Abraham crying,
prophesy fading,
hellish debentures
—Heaven to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Pietism Fatale

Jello mold converts…
frozen believers

Trapped in plain sight,
their freedom to lose

Set in the form,
immobile and suspect

Hope locked in stillness
—unable to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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White Dwarf

Doing more with less,
I cut out the middle
Doing more with less,
all life from within
Doing more with less,
I qualified nothing
Doing more with less
—Nirvana...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Et Tu

Contagion of anxiety,
a blanketing wind
Deafening all
with the force of its emptiness
Reclaiming the silence
—in betrayals of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Shallow Grave

Blanketing the curse
of separation

Distance covers memory
—to sleep inside the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Tell-Tail Signs

Spacetime but emergent,
the string on nature’s kite

Reeling in a looming giant
—beyond both day and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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First And Then Last

The end, the beginning,
nearer than far

The middle a wasteland
—to banish and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Into The Mist

His shadow moved like smoke,
released from the fire

Fading in the night air
—never to...

by Kurt philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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A Day Late...

Proof in the abstract
as far as it goes
Ninety-nine cents to the dollar,
the penny to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Last Teardrop

The secret unlocked,
to stay or to leave

Each mystery unsolved
—a memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Baptismal Font

Poetry…
not about the words
but how the words were...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 2 years ago
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Phoenix Reborn

Paper may burn,
but vision lives on

In ashes of memory
—and words to a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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The Many Lost

Pandering both sides against the middle,
duplicity won the day
To neither stand nor then be chased,
the coward has his way
Stealing the peace, betraying the war,
to live is then to die
The one from the many, the many now lost
—shame the binding...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Remembering...

Breathing in
the smell of your memory

My eyes gently close
—the fantasy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Fading Mirage

A temporary truth
—fleeting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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Fatal Glances

Every time you make a new friend,
I make a new enemy

Every time you swear that you won’t,
my world falls apart

Every time you say it’s the last,
my grief is reborn

Every time I look in your eyes
—the future is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Vanity's Bonfire

Trouble melts
in the fire of emergency
all reasons in ashes
—the moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Scio Te Ipsum

In most things a fledgling
to some degree
A novice at love
and what’s not to be
Indentured forever
beyond my leave
And only an expert
—at being...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 2 years ago
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Hemorrhagia

Those lies became our only truth,
while tearing us apart
Each vow an empty promise made
—to drain our bleeding...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Verba Possunt Occidere

Speaking your mind
is dangerous

Speaking truth
—the deadliest thing of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Bleeding Out

Blood stains in my memory,
clotting in my heart

Arteries of pain and loss
—hemorrhaging the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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Annuntiatio

I stumbled through each morning,
it was all about today
Dissolute and scorning,
of all that passed away
Wandering and faint of heart,
old promises unsworn
Living once then living twice
—the moment was...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Beneath The Sand

Alone in the desert…
nothingness shouts in your ear
Where space like a giant megaphone of silence
calls to what is forever lost
Sirens of endless quartz in the wind
carrying the emptiness far
Sirens of endless quartz in the wind
—burying all you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Twilight Passes

Night often falls
with the matter unsettled

The pudding unstirred
—as choices...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Iberian Wasteland

We have few ways left
to assuage our guilt

Escape less an option
—new windmills to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Cartesian Whim

Altering the future
confirms your existence

In for a penny
—out for a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Idealogue

Strength is whittled
as thought pervades

Indecision
—the dullest...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Burnt Free

Embers of the past…
fire inside my memory,
cinders of time
—ashes in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Butterfly Wings

Yesterday inside my head
—tomorrow in my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Prismatic Cry

Voices have a color
like anger or happiness,
shouting from the rainbow
in palettes of sound
Voices have a color
like red, blue, or green,
painting the silence
—in brushstrokes of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Free Bird

Writers…
gatekeepers to the past
—prophets of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Hell's Pathway

Blaming the innocent…
a form of insanity

Armed with good intention
—reproaching the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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Good Intention

Promises remain where you leave them
—as only the heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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-Behind The Mask-

Questions…
the measure of uncertainty

Answers
—divine...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 2 years ago
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Blinded By The Light

Love is incapable of honor,
desperation of all that’s unfair

Desire unleashed to roam and to prey
—tomorrow for others to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Whose Look Deceives...

Dogs obey,
Cats defer,
the difference something grand

Loyalty wags
its loving tail
—as purring hides the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Holding On

Anger is the last thing to go
—as memory fades...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 2 years ago
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Post Mortem

-Only a Poet-
is envious of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
added 2 years ago
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Deedra

An image recaptured
in meadow and field

Her fragrance escaping
–to wander and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 2 years ago
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Blue Yonder

Where would we be without the matter
of emptiness
What space would we reside in,
all things by degree
Emptiness as real as the matter
it contains
Perhaps even more
—as it first came to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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Last Straw

When the final act of courage
is gone
—all you have left is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Hurt So Good

She took her pain
and wrapped it around my heart,
tying us together in a misery
—from which we would never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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Polar Truth

The riff smiled first,
as the raff smiled back

Each knowing the other,
the white from the black

“They’ll never accept us,”
they both would exclaim

“The ‘grays’ have the mantle,
defiled and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 2 years ago
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Period End

Running away
from the impossible...
Truth,
 the last thing that’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Last Barrel

Like wine,
these older days
are vintage

Aging,
as each days number
declines

Ripe
in the tannin
of what remains

Rich
in the sweetness
of time now past

The vines
to wither
—in memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Julian Calendar

All Hail Caesar,
the conquering wind

A force of nature
that gusts within

Cities crumble
and empires fall

The shadow of Rome
—covering...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Grand Theft Glory

Everyone is brave
inside the café
Tall glasses of courage,
fear toasting itself
The sound of the motors,
the drape of the muleta
A court full of jesters
—reliving the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Horns Of The Bull

Too much honor
kills with impunity

The intrepid among us
—perdition...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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A Blood Oath

The best of the worst,
rules amidst chaos,
honor amongst thieves
—brothers in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 2 years ago
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Gratia Tecum

If I chose the right words
I could talk to God
in language still unspoken

His arms to reach out
and welcome me home
with grace—my heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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The Rudest Awakening

The dead are tired,
the living go on

Breathless and timeless,
all energy gone

The dead left to wander,
betwixt and between

Finality’s heartbreak
—the end of the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Simultaneity

Time,
the moving image
of eternity

Having no
beginning
and no end

Confounding
every mind
that begs to question

Shaping
all there is
within its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 2 years ago
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Blind Indirection

Preferred indifference,
the Stoics say

The arm’s length model
where choices stray

In for a penny,
in for a pound

The shield left naked
—when outward...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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High Or Highwater

Love,
in the end
—betrays us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Out Of The North

Jet Stream Mother,
your prayers go unanswered
The beginning deflated,
the ending in sight

Dancing in place,
the four winds become mistral
Your children left orphaned
—adrift in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 2 years ago
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Bedfellows

Differing from our enemy,
in one way the same

Our conflict in common
—to praise or to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Memory Beckons

Days go forward,
 nights in reverse

Calling us back
—to finish our...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 2 years ago
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Cutting Both Ways

Trying to defend
what you cannot describe

All life on the edge
—to affirm or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Nowhere To Hide

Trying to escape…
we are who we are
Reality’s dream,
misleading afar
Time but a mask,
delusion concealed
The cover pulled back
—more truth to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 2 years ago
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Darkness Brings

We went through that night
like so many others

Waiting for the rain

And one more chance
to bring it all home

Hope to wash the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 2 years ago
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Telltale Signs

Life is most visible
in its imperfections

Cracks in the hourglass
—us wanting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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In His Name Only

“By God anointed…”
religions claim,
then fight to steal His throne

Devotion pledged
in false pretense,
to become the greater known

A figurehead
to suit their needs,
they break His every...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Kurt Philip Behm

My verse is like
a bespoke set of clothes,
 fit the thing that counts

Each article worn,
 new memories born,
to tighten or let out

My head to my toes,
its covering goes,
whose message spoken...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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One Last Chance

Yesterday,
we freed ourselves…
divorced from one
another

Trading
forlorn bonded vows
for the chance
to be alone

Yesterday,
we said those things…
to never take
them back

Replacing
what the years have done
with promise
in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Broad Arrow

Rushing forward,
pushing back
Light entrances,
then attacks
Preying darkness,
shadows hide
Lumined future
—demons...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Tally Tally Ho

2 + 2 – 4 = Freedom
Black + White – Gray = Vision
He + She – Them = Anguish
Yes + No – Doubt =...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Tally Ho

2 + 2 - 4 =...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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Cresting The Hill

Knowing today is the best day of your life
—a terrible thing to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Gossamer Wings

Reciting verse,
each stitch unthreads
Freeing moments,
before unread
The air vibrant,
all seams undone
Tapestry open
—silk...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 24 Views
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Eternity's Ace

Can you have a mind
and not have a soul
Connection temporal,
divorced from the whole

Can consciousness live
for only itself
A hand with three aces
—His card left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Dark Chocolate

Eloquence of desperation,
 majesty in the end

Elegance of sweet sorrow
—dying to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Sub-Zero

You know it’s the end
when shadows abandon

Memory fades
as light is recalled

No longer master,
 time is imploding

Wishes undreamed
—then nothing at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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The Backdoor

Today I went offline,
tiring of the 14 poetry sites I write for
longing for the closeness of a small rented room
missing the darkness when it used to call me friend
questioning if the voices I heard can find me now
wondering—if I still wonder at all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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10 Commandments Of Being

1: Be Yourself
2: Be Cheerful
3: Be Consistent
4: Be Spontaneous
5: Be Loyal
6: Be Courageous
7: Be Grateful
8: Be Tolerant
9: Be Open Minded
10: Be A...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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While Looking Back

The past is a foreign homeland,
 familiar yet strange

Where memories limits walk the line,
and crossed—exceed our...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
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Forever More

If love had just one window
that was open, never closed

My verse would fly like turtle doves
—into your heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Winged Victory

You’ll never find out who you are
among those things you lack

You’ll never find a greater mask
than a mirror looking back

You’ll never find the answer to,
as questions pass you by

You’ll never catch that rising star
—until you learn to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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To Papa

Living every word he wrote
—making all the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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"When The Student Is Ready..."

Given to wonder,
more perfect to know

Muse’s awaiting
—enlightenment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Un-Claimed

Writing in obscurity,
musings unrestrained

Words to live both free and clear
—nothing to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Breakthrough

Living after love departs
—life after...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Fill In The Blank

The issue…
only fate to know
—and only time to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 3 years ago
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Last Spark

The fuse was lit
on the ending of my trauma

Awaiting combustion
—joy in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Cloning Of America

It’s the same form of difference,
each place that I go

Hotel chains and Walmart,
McDonalds that grow

The downtown’s breed stepfords,
banks, dollar stores throng

Identities corporate
—our history...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 15 Views
added 3 years ago
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Thank You Dr. Spock

Over parenting…
the child undone

A cardinal sin
—lost...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Hollow & Silent

If a poem doesn’t live up
to its title
The moment is reclaimed
by time

Its chance to anoint
when read disappoints
A bell
—unable to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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"The Missing Shade..."

Is the self
“a mere bundle
of perceptions”

If Hume’s right,
are the rest of us
wrong

When stimuli exits,
do we then
disappear

Existence abeyant,
too weak
—to live...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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Es Verdad

Truth independent
of perception
A falling tree
 crashing unheard
Existing beyond
what senses receive
Essence eternal
—by time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
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Hermit Of...

All my friends are
virtual online
Arms-length fraternal,
 distance sublime
Safe in my cave,
 with cursor in hand
Downloading affection
—beyond all...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Sandbars

Are you digging a hole
you will never crawl out of,
a prison self-made by your hand
The metaphors mix
as you lie there betwixt
—the bars sinking into the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Kindling The Fire

You can’t think your way
into a poem
Or feel your way
out of a verse

They first must conspire…
your spirit inspired
Words no longer forced
—or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Parvum Pretium

If just one person understands,
if just one troubled soul

The effort and the pain involved
—small price to make them...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Andalusia

Forever romancing
that lingering question…

Quixotic by decree
—windmills turning...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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After Hours

In the darkness
it came,
no more searching in the light

Nothing burning
to distract
—shadows of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Hell's Denominator

With all the talk that so divides
—one bomb unites us...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Night Mistress

Going to bed with the words,
waking up to a song
—music romancing my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Primo Et Ante

First,
you need to have
something to say

Before,
figuring out
¬—how to say...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Good's Unholy Mate

Evil can never sail in triumph,
nor can it be dismasted

Dark symbiotic mariner
—in natures perfect...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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Twin Forks

Some will find out who they are
then write of what they’ve found

And some will write to unmask
who they are as they expound

One spawns introspection
and a self-deliberate tone

The other births a magic ride
—whose terminus...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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The Human Beings

No one would claim their equal…
each the promised man

“Hunting what the others feared,
drumbeats called from far and near,
ghosts were dancing—vision clear”

The Northern...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Some Things Don't Need Explaining...

Like the mist of an early morning rain
and the love of an older dog
Like the spontaneous hug from a passing child
and coffee from a mountain fire
Like a call from an old retired friend
and the memory of one who left
Like those boots now broken in at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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Burden Sublime

The weight of your words…
by the pound,
by the pain

The heaviest memories,
forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Shadows In The Night

Kingdom of Devils…
majesty screams,
poisoning the darkness
—virulent...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Leaving Tomorrow

Running toward my yesterdays,
the future in pursuit

The loosest ends when left undone
—the past my guilt...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Hidden Treasure

The deepest truth lay undiscovered
in the buried words
Like unfound gold existing only
on a pirate’s map
True value in the search required
to seek and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 14 Views
added 3 years ago
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Last Chamber Empty

Illusion to who
or better to whom
the window opens shut
An image ingrained
 often betrays
a rose that’s long been plucked
The sun in the moonlight
darkness to burn
a promise made to none
Glory unproud
 its victory profane
—the truth an empty...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Ignoble Life

We live in the shadows of your cursed survival
 not being killed when so many of you were
the endless rows of benighted headstones
telling of memories never to be
where you wander among them
pledging your heart to what unrequited
condemns you to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Nunc Perpetruum

Shrinking time down
to a factor of one
The future and past
cancel out zero-sum
The moment, this instant
the only thing real
Unmasking the present
—nothing left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Fall's Release

Out there alone,
my thoughts zero-sum…
the coyote’s lonely howl

I search for redemption
through cactus and sage…
the silence of an owl

Winter births Summer,
its dream comes alive…
the bear announcing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tomorrow's Masquerade

I thought perhaps to steal the myth
and hoard away the dream

Mirages fade with pretense lost,
things never what they seem

A future darkness redefined,
the past still yet to know

Intention vested—moments spent
with nowhere left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Cafe De La Paix

My fate to be a watcher…
“Regarder Les Autres”
and write from alleys dark but real,
salons for words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Its True Worth

What has no price
holds little value

Sweat and tears
—outweighing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Open Wounds

Sutures of connection,
words tightly sewn

Seaming together
—closing the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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The Storm God Wakens

Clouds encircle
sage colored dreams,
ice crystals block the sky

Today in shadows,
yesterday’s warning,
 memories start to cry

The stratus thickens,
impending doom,
prophesy to remind

Aeolus has woken,
his rain of tears
—ablution most...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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A Smokescreen

Science…
 bastard child
of philosophy
and reason
formulaic delinquent
of an answer
in flux
Serving itself
as it shuns
its true
master
bowing down
to its
tenets
the truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Tail Of The Dragon

Love regrets,
promises return,
comets in mourning
—meteors...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Latebat Dolor

Cleft palate ill-fated
splitting inside us,
a hidden betrayal
—memory’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Joshua Tree

Its special indifference
and weathering smile,
reminds every passer
 —its strength and its guile

It stands in the desert
alone and unbowed,
to flower in protest
—its nature...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
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Epistemologiae

Knowledge
is
 to thought
as
Thought
is
to intent
as
Intent
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Beyond The Ether

Neither one thing,
nor three things,
nor ten things
—but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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From The Ashes

I’ve not forgotten you,
but I can’t remember love
as moments went unpromised,
 hours lost to wasted years
The future hiding one last spark,
 memories yet to burn
that Fall we spent in lust’s inferno
—dancing in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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I Speak, Therefore I Am

Approaching the lexicon
of what’s still unsaid,
My words beg acceptance
now silent unread

Inside there’s a freedom
once crossing the line,
unspoken confessions
—unfrozen in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Heavens Tread

The last step to forgiveness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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De Factorum

Reality is…
how could it be any other...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Song Of Espousal

The words came as gifts
from the land of proposal,
a voice of enchantment heard far, far, away
Wrapped in the promise
of a better tomorrow,
new bows made of letters untie and defray
Although undeserved but never unwanted,
in the vanishing darkness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Sincerest Form Of Shame

Plagiarism self-inflicted,
it blinds veracity
keeping us forever
in the dark
To wander in costume
as others unnamed,
 their vision
to herald and hark
In shadows of obscurity
 doubt crossing fear,
we steal
what can’t be bought
Reflecting false...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Last Road To Rome

Poetry fails
when forced to explain

A dead-end street
with little to gain

Stripped of meaning,
one proffer to name

Magic and wonder
dead,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Tracks Of The Bear

The places I’ve been
 all part of me now,
 roadmaps of intention
tracking landscapes endowed

The history I’ve written
covers chapter and verse,
of promises made
and commitments...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Heads Wins Again

“In God We Trust”
the dollar we must

Two-headed coin,
minted unjust

“Fides in Deum,”
our fortunes to blame

The past purloined
—the future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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Degeneratus

The
gambler’s
asylum,
a table
waits
in hell

Your last card
out,
your first card
in,
aces all
—pray...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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And Dwelt Amongst Us...

Satanic delusion,
 pagan confusion,
the darkest illusion
—redeemed by His...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Rocket Fuel

Adrenalin…
 catalyst of fear
and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Out From The Shadows

The answers
linger in the darkness

While questions
shimmer in the light

All reasons
alive with expectation

Open ended in wonder
—and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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To Protect & Serve

What I meant,
how I said it

The meaning sacred
—the words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Nocturne Megahertz

The Poetry Channel when open,
its wavelength sharp and clear
Searching for me as it calls for my voice,
in moments dark but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Beatific Denial

Better to be in Hell
for all eternity,
than in Heaven
—on borrowed...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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To Each—His Own

I never chose to write like you,
it’s enough to write like me
My feelings live to shape each thought,
your passion foreign known
I need to use those gifts bequeathed,
while searching endlessly
And leave to you your native tongue
—and speak my words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Coming Wind

Organizing each word unpenned,
I gave myself to rhyme

And offered up my humble skills
in thankfulness sublime

Each one a treasure unto me,
with silence on the run

Verses promised and drifting near
—of memories to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Answering The Call

Truth can’t exist
in the absence of courage

Words of appeasement
—freedom...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Vindicta

Buried in the shadows,
hiding at night
Valor pierced and left to bleed,
hemorrhaging with fright
Fangs exposed and deadly,
searing from within
Readying to pounce and strike
—vengeance to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Birthright

To understand the problem,
look from deep within
where logic and the sciences
are both cut wafer thin

Our thinking trapped and handcuffed,
when seen by reason bound
those answers we were given born
—unquestioned and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Now Father To The Man

I grew up
having never become an adult,
the years to now betray
My body infirm,
my vision impaired,
my hair has turned to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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X-Tiempo

Did you make the moment,
did the moment make you

Did you give truth a name
—time forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 3 years ago
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Higher Love

Transcending jazz,
 folk and rock,
 blues master’s stop and bow

Winwood standing
far above,
we ask not why—but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Pit Viper

To not appease the critics,
success within our grasp

The charlatans of written words,
venom of the asp

They bury deep inside their dens,
ordained iconoclasts

Passing judgment, casting blame
—on what they fear might...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tu Dolebis

Don’t make things lighter
by clipping your wings
The jet stream is calling,
 truth in the wind

Drop the excuses,
there’re reasons to blame
You can’t kill the darkness
—banning the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Reunion

The closer we get to yesterday,
the farther away I feel

The longer you stay within my reach,
the more distant I become

Memory lane a withering dream
from a time the past has claimed

Trading those things I used to want
—for what tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tendered In Blood

Disbursing our lives in a state of malaise,
scars become currency
—for debts still...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Beneath The Cover

Judging you by what you wear
or by the car you drive
the words forever hollow
whose bees have left the hive
Taking stock while looking back
through scarlet colored glass
the vision false, the judgment worse
its memory to outlast
Forming all opinion...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Et Tu Democracy

Stimulus check…
blood diamond
from a failed November,
Payment
to a dark tomorrow,
Bribery
—for a future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Live Fire

The voice of my enemy,
the loudest of truths

With death as the arbiter
—to win or to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Statues In The Park

If we can’t tell stories
about our past
—the future stays untold

If judged by standards
out of time
—the fault beyond control

Our history always
both good and bad
—correction on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Curtain Falls

The tyranny of the majority,
democracy oversold

The power of the people to cut and paste,
 fat cats in control

‘Oh Ye Of Little Faith’ we are,
like rats inside a maze

Our government serving to best itself,
entitlement...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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Futurity

From here to eternity,
breakfast to lunch
The distance bespoke,
new hole card to punch

As yards change to meters,
fruition in sight
All travel inherent
—day changing to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Milkwood Burns

The story of a Poet,
more tragic than his words

What then in fact his deeds conscript
—his writing leaves...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Something Again For Emily

To never make a lot of friends,
 though enemies were scarce

And keeping both arm’s length away,
my words alone repaired

Splitting the difference tween comrade and foe,
the measurement...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Rosebud

Bravery and recklessness
 riding together

Death as the arbiter
—glory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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Inkubation

Your form is strong,
but your content weak

Desire flowing,
 experience meek

Trying to fake it
with meter and rhyme

Your words never ripen
—green apples in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Timor

Fear exposes the underside
of courage

The weakest point of strength
—a darker shade of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Till Death Do Us Part

I stole from myself,
never paying me back,
rich in the spoils of war

Identity gone,
the body count total
—larcenous guilt to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tandem Memoriam

When time overcomes memory,
and vision retracts

The past sits in judgment,
its verdict exact

With yesterday’s reason,
tomorrow to blame

All hope left in ashes
—truth mourning the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Circa 1956

When the world was small
my heroes were big
living on a 12’’ screen
the telephone operator knew me by name
when the party line was open and free
on Tuesdays it was the bread man
on Wednesdays came meat
Friday mornings the Fuller Brush man rang twice...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Something For Laura

If I could then be with you,
only in my mind
Your memory a lover’s tryst
—in dreams again to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Goodbye Andromeda

Get it right once
—and you’re free of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Leaving Waimea

You’ll never catch that perfect wave
or write a perfect verse
The search that drives—the voice that saves,
where all our dreams...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Achfary Highland

Fear came in numbers,
 bravery stood alone

The battle intrepid
—glory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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The Final Storm

I lay dreaming as the yardarms howl with ghosts
  upon the wind,
screaming down: “Your crew is lost, it’s mutiny once more”

One voice to dare my choices strong
and shed that bitter sleep,
my past the drowning child of its dark and rocky...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Yes-No Continuum

Alone while together,
unringing the bell

The darkness enlightened,
new silence to quell

Permissions refusal,
denial admits

The fusion of oneness
—a hit and a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Trashed & Burned

The fire’s been out for the longest time,
there’s nothing left but ashes

A pathway scorched, escape route torched
—where light now sorely...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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To The Last

Embattled here,
entitled there
One flag still flying,
the smoke-filled air

Horizons darken,
as blood runs free
The last man standing
—whose will to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Occam's Retort

Competing infinities,
which one to choose

Existential polarities,
exchanging their views

Superpositioned,
anthropic in scope

The tradeoff endemic,
whose difference elopes

Twin parallel universes
push and then...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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William Tell Remembered

A flash of light,
a cloud of dust,
a joyous moment
beneath the rust

A hearty vision
with silver streaks,
unmasking boyhood
—in memories...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Ghost Writers

Letting the page breathe,
my pen in its well
The letters enchanted,
recasting their spell
Beginning then ending,
beginning again
Rewriting the master
—their magic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Brush Strokes & Margins

I can’t draw,
but I paint

I still sin,
but a saint

I talk best
when I’m mute

All I’ve lost
in pursuit

I begin
at the middle

And end
at the start

To give back
to the silence

This thing
—we call...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Old Woman Says...

“You’ve got more past than future,”
she said without a smile

“The hours lost will not rewind,
your pendulum beguiled

“You’ve got more past than future,”
the hag said one last time

“Your legacy a broken spring
—whose clock no longer...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Mousetrap Revisited

Entrapping the magic,
philosophers moan

Theory after theory,
no meat on the bone

They label and mark,
their didactics retooled

Force feeding their ramble
to dilettante-fools

And when in the end
they are then proven...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Blurring The Lines

If being and the world
are one and the same
Then thinking and thoughts
are together to name
With freedom and consciousness
semantically fused
All judgment and will
—symbiotically...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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Toll-Free

Verse is but a vehicle
to where my words are bound

The cargo much more precious
than structure that surrounds

The driving force empowered,
hands firm upon the wheel

The road to ever open up
—with all I say and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Cross Currents

If we could touch time
or taste a new dream
Awareness exploding,
beyond the extreme
To see every fragrance
or hear every wile
Our senses emboldened
—as memory...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Hope's Diamond

Not silver,
not platinum,
and surely not gold

A mind
eager to learn,
something else to behold

More treasured
in essence,
than riches untold

Where a Newton
or Einstein
—begin to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Link

Neurotechnology,
a gift or a bane

With thoughts simply neurons,
case structure our brains

Is humanity destined
to merely plug in

Will all beauty and truth
be a programmer’s whim

And what of our history
that starts to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 19 Views
added 3 years ago
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In Poverty's Name

How do you lay off a writer…
unemployment assured
In labored obscurity,
his fortune unscored
How do you invest in a future
that’s devalued today
When checks never balance
—and words will not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Graves Of Our Fathers

The Black Hills are crying,
our Mother forsaken

Enemy boot prints
where moccasins claim

To live just to die
in noble futility

All drums beat in silence
—He Sapa in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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To Thine Self

One opinion that matters,
its judgment vouchsafe

Where mountains have melted,
new rivers await

The merit for others,
but truth undenied

Beyond feeling and vision
—exists only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Day Turns To Night

A new century waits as the minutes
 progress
into hours of vestibular begotten memory

My thoughts being counted although I
resist,
my feelings in service to what’s left...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Ramparts Of Freedom

Are you a servant
to creation’s lord,
every word indentured trope

In towers of despair
each phrase a step
—on the stairs to love and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Portum Tutum

Thankful for the one,
the one who’s never asking
the one forever constant
the one who only gives

Appreciative of the one,
the one forever present
the one beyond all judgment
—the one whose heart bleeds...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Lost Baton

…when there’s no one left to protest
…when there’s no one left to blame
…when there’s no one left to target
…when there’s no one left to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Robins Return

The bark of eternity,
an armoring sure

An oak or a maple,
their majesty pure

Below their dark cover,
time circles in rings

Where destiny spirals
—as residents...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Self-Infliction

Explosion, implosion,
tomorrow is gone

A new self-destruct mode,
old enemies throng

We’re now on the poster,
PUBLIC ENEMY ONE

The canaries all dead
—with zero the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tashunka Witko—Beyond Self

A man clad in mystery,
history would learn

His face on the mountain,
immortality earned

A man from tomorrow,
reliving today

Intrepidly fated
—truth on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tracking Upwind

A hunter
not skinner
with quarry
so vast
Whose path
through the forest
is first
—never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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DNA Deception

The real nature
in the term
human nature…
Anecdote
of learned behavior
—serving...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Green Eyed Monster

Have you climbed to the top
of your little mountain,
only to find others
looking down

From heights far above you
that unable to climb,
you turn a blind eye
to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Sampson's Locks

She never kissed you
till she hated you

Her feelings deadly
—her motives...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lost & Unclaimed

Standing in
baggage-claim,
watching belongings
go round again
waiting for something
that will never come,
an army of strangers
grab their bags and run
leaving me distant
adrift and alone,
as the carousel stops
—my location...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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War Party

Dancing out from the shadows,
our spirits release

The night from the day,
fresh paint on our cheeks

New fires in the darkness,
where drums beat once more

As voices call inward
—their whispering...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Running Stream

Prose gets more from poetry,
than poetry from prose

Verse a wellspring where phrases drink
—whose waters flow and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Disarming The Past

With cannons of emotion,
heartache was sunk

The future retargeted
—joy on the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Debt Service

What makes you think
you can mortgage a heartache

What makes you think
your payment’s unique

What makes you think
your indebtedness special

What makes you think
—you can leverage the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Holy Road

Your voice like smoke,
 it calls from the distance

Luring your enemy into
 winds of deceit

The clouds of your fathers,
hiding hailstones above

Disguising the truth
—as you lie in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Christening Time

Shadows of tomorrow,
reflections of yesterday

Images of the moment
—in whose Trinity we...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Searching For Crazy Horse

Remembering to forget,
the road opened in front of me

Remembering to forget,
the past drifted away

Remembering to forget,
my today my tomorrow

Remembering to forget
—my tomorrow...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Beckoning Wind

The road is your only
companion
When the memories won’t kill you
—but the lingering...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Into The Breach...

Letting go not holding on,
the closing act of life

To make the crossing burden free,
past vestiges of strife

Letting go not holding on,
from years that pile high

The greatest weight the last to leave
that final...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Rx

I do believe in therapy,
but of a certain kind
The type anointed on oneself,
and in yourself to find
A strength to make decisions,
the will to see them through
To best ignore what others say,
while benefiting you
These words are not capricious,...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Stolen & Lost

Vacuous dreams
and stolen joy

Shadows at dawn,
lost girls and boys

Promises broken,
tears deprived

Light excepted
—truth...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Silent Fear

The thicker the spirit,
the thinner the bars

That tiger once captive,
now roaming afar

His eyes stalk the distance,
between hoping and fear

Preying deeply inside us
—eternally...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Soul Surfer

What is a poem,
be it long or then short

When in service to others,
to agree and consort

And be it objective,
to run with the pack

Its identity loosened,
its rope to go slack

What is a poem,
when written to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Meta Chrysalis

To become what you look at,
to say what you know

Your eyes to retract,
your wisdom to grow

To live by a credo,
to die only once

Your soul to take flight
—your spirit to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Twin Monarchs

If
number
is the ruler
of form

Then
beauty
the true empress
of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Wovoka

From the Kiowa to the Cree,
 people sing and dance

Prairies ringed with fire
—a ghost returns at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Grandest Larceny

With lightest hand
and heavy heart

My pen runs dry,
bereft and stark

That never given,
I’m doomed to steal

The grandest theft
—my words...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Kindling's Fire

She made me more real than I could stand,
but choice was not an option
And reaching in deep she pulled tomorrow
out of yesterday’s regret
Leaving me to find a home for all the
wasted memories and time
Loving me only just enough
—to begin to start...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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A Seven-Year Love

Wanting you,
knowing I couldn’t have you
I called the devil my friend
as he surrendered the key
The lock to your heart reopening,
the hourglass turned over
In the flames of December
—running back to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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All, Or Nothing At All

I don’t limit who reads my verse,
only who I answer

Each word-thick skinned and armor-clad
all questions...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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A Borrowed Dream

I had you
once
before I lost you in a dream
A dream that I woke up
from
where you stayed beyond my grasp

Visiting me each
night
in the bartered hours of my sleep
Holding me beyond
hope
ever cradling my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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What We Willingly Accept

California loses its finest citizens
…acceptable losses

America loses its drug riddled youth
…acceptable losses

Texas loses its southern border
…acceptable losses

Our manufacturing base auctioned away
…acceptable...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Trails End

Surrender a comfort,
ambition rebuked
Content in my history,
old passions to suit

New mountains stay virgin,
those summits I’ve climbed
All truth in reflection
—whose peace I now...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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From The Rooftops

The more I figure something out,
the less the words impact

When trading dreams for cogent schemes,
the verse comes weak and flat

The more I chase the clouds away,
the clearer are the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Beyond The Clouds

Risking it all
in the earthbound sky

Her summit was calling,
the weather defies

An avalanche beckoned,
one Sherpa was lost

A trek through the death zone,
another one gone

The temperature dropping,
the oxygen...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Unitatis

People tend to respect, respect,
both given and received

The dignity of every life,
in one-on-one reprieves

People tend to share the joy,
while closeting the pain

Humanity as best displayed
—when we are all to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Smallest Pond

Hey there, high school teacher,
your talent to rebuff
but when you try imagining
your focus coarse and rough

Your feelings mostly borrowed,
your words ill-gotten gains
your hours spent in false critique
of someone else’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Equus Pallidus

The horse was pale,
paler than the light off the mountain
that reflected back in memories long abandoned

Its mane was long,
longer than the struggle to save what
fortune had vehemently denied me...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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To Saint Jude

The square root of an Epiphany
—is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lost & Alone

A man without a shadow,
has nothing left to lose

Reflecting back, all memory gone
—abandoned by his...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Defcon 1

Weapons grade narcissism,
 nuclear results

Fallout clear, scorching dear
—free speech its main...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Memories Of Ouray

Nothing about life is impossible,
 viewed while looking up

Nothing about death is reversible,
 viewed while looking down

All in between is contestable,
winds blow North and South

Nothing promised, nothing cursed
—the choice to laugh or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Toasting Erich Fromm

Positive freedom,
nose in the wind
Negative freedom,
refusing within

Shaking and straining,
the spirits set free
To pour or leave empty,
 at times disagree

Positive, Negative,
the labels of truth
Distilled combination
—like gin and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Ah Liberty

If
“Condemned To Be Free”
as Sartre said,
Then
doom me forever
—unchained and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Oorah

The land of the free,
 the home of the brave

Inclusive together
—America...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Accompli

The final poem that I write…
a comment on...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Nom De Plume

It’s important
 what you get called
has a name,
one you can take
to the ivory
border
It’s important
what you’re called
is remembered the same,
today recollected
tomorrow
reordered
A mark on the stone
no longer
unknown,
your history and
legacy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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No Escape

Alone with my thoughts
—and the devil makes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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At First Sight

Wrapped in surprise
—the greatest gift of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Wandering

You can feel,
but no longer find
the love
Surrounding,
no longer inside
the love
Remembering,
you cannot forget
the love
Lingering,
you wander in search
—of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Memories Distill

The taste got sweeter
as the bottle emptied

Each sip more joyous
—the label...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Frozen In Place

The coldest you will ever feel…
a smile not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Magistra Metus

Fear is a mistress
with many suitors

Hapless in spirit
—beguiling...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Sarah Unleashed

A bevy of censures,
to hit and strike back

Each written reprisal
to ward off attack

A mother-son warning,
once truant come true

Her words now my weapons
—to kill and...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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But A Promise

a morning
of a window
singing freely
/once heard

of a longing
of a distance
in the memory
/wayward

of a darkness
of a warning
that prophetic
/sojourned

but a vow
but a promise
a betrothal...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lunar Savior

Out and back,
its motion imprisons
out and back,
on an endless sea

The ocean pulling
 both hard and wide
the tides recalling
—till setting you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Depreciating The Young

Grammar school speculators
charlatan math
trading the currency
of borrowed youth
optioning the investment
in forsaken dreams
hedging their futures
with diminished returns
margining interest
—that will never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Braveheart

The power in his words,
the love in his eyes

The truth in his heart
—no time can...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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Adapertio

The cover pulled back,
exposure full bore

Protection gone
—final judgment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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To Dan Fogelberg

Where do you go
at the end of your dreams
Where do you go
when the daylight moves on

Where do you go
once your voice has run dry
Where do you go
—when tomorrow is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Black Elk's Prayer

“Fire of my words…
vanish like smoke
into a raging sky
Blanket forever
the memory
of my...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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To Merlin

Freeing the myth,
begotten to dream

Ramparts to crumble
—Sorcerer’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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A Way Back

Buried reflection,
 pits of regret

Reasons to wander,
darkness forgets

Images rising,
blessed by the sun

Timeless reversal
—forgiveness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Akicita

One may lose his honor
—but it can never be taken from...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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A Prisoner Of Time

Drifting into the past,
tomorrow slipped further away

Drifting into the past,
my writing had little to say

Drifting into the past,
the moments became moments no more

Drifting into the past
—being no longer certain or...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Stirring The Pot

Life abhors a vacuum,
writing hates it too

So many questions, so much space,
meat to fill the stew

Emptiness is calling,
for words to write the wrongs

Where idle minds take up the space
—left vacant for too...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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To My Children

For now, I want to see your face,
and gaze into your eyes

To hear your voice within my ears
—I’ll text you when I...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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The North Wind

Killer of dreams
—the moment says...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Garden Path

How do you balance
the kind and the cruel

The good and the bad
of life’s golden rule

As reason pulls tightly,
treason pulls back

Living in conflict,
together intact

Tragic, comedic,
while often as both

 Angels and Demons
commingle...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Rushing Toward Mediocrity

Let’s all just be average,
no rich and no poor

Excuses our quotient,
single digits the score

Masquerading as fairness,
our heritage veiled

In lock step we march,
voices mute—nothing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Reflections Of Self

If a genius chooses not to embrace his gift,
will he live to endure deeper pain

If an artist doesn’t strive to create and unfold,
will she die in a chasm of chains

If a Prophet loses faith and abandons his path,
will he wander a desert...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Word Massacre

Ravagers of Poesy,
 spear points of denial

Mongol hordes of fancied verse,
spewing dense and vile

Free words they herd together,
to drive toward a cliff

Trampled once they hit the ground
—by verbal...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dark Minds

Owning the consequence
of all that you do

Intentions when pure,
dark minds misconstrue

When twisted and spun,
then torn into shreds

The words once pristine
—denounced when...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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For Just Once

If your courage lasted for
just an instant
Overriding your fear,
all excuses behind
If one choice you made
could then reimagine
A world once illusioned
—stepping out of your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Legacy's Birthright

“Only those things not made less by division
—are to be...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Another

Leave me alone,
I’m deaf to your pleading

Leave me alone,
I can’t feel what you feel

Leave me alone,
my time not for owning

Leave me alone,
our history repealed

Leave me alone,
the bridges are burning

Leave me alone,
the entrance has...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Final Equation

Humanity + Divinity =...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Waste & Folly

We are ill-served to give those who do
nothing
and know nothing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lip Service

We speak of truth, our souls delight,
but actions prove us wrong

If words alone could make it so
—each day would end in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Hope In Chains

The tyranny of modernity
—aspiration...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Lakota Wisdom

The wolf demands
what the shepherd
can’t protect

A busy hand
helps the angry heart...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Yes & No

All discovery
—but one grand...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Pit Vipers

Hiding in their basement caves,
the ‘journalists’ deride

The light of facts and truth cast dim,
a downward fatal slide

Where once out in the open,
clear vision far and wide

Credibility buries deep
—their fear a den of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Taste Of Memory

The shape of my spirit,
the weight of my soul

To measure the longing
of wishes unsold

Tomorrow the color
of yesterday’s stain

The taste of each memory
—this moment...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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A Deafening Pause

Silence…
often the loudest voice of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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The Emperor's Tide

Mesmerized by his own success,
swimming naked and alone in the dark

Drowning in what he forever professed,
he rose and fell with each critic’s remark

Hypnotized while diving for fame,
he sank while caught in the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Recording Our Folly

What is the human
perception of time

If measurement stops
and clocks will not chime

Seconds to minutes,
minutes to hours

Pendulum still
—Big Ben...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Time Frozen Deep

Buried in the leaves of a Fall gone by,
memories wait for Spring

Entombed in hope as Winter reclaims,
till birds return to sing

Cold and dark, the seeds of change,
lay dormant ill...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Goodbye Tomorrow

“Free speech for me,
but not for thee”

All bridges burned
—an ashened...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Preaching To The Choir

News to confirm,
and not to inform

A slap on the back,
new patrons reborn

To pander or slander,
a partisan line

No minds to be changed
—their chorus...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Je Ne Je Ne Sais Quoi

Science is a tool to skew the world,
in form its weakness shows

To measure, rate, and catalog,
what in essence stays unknown

I’m not against its formulas,
but the philosophy it breeds

Its laws to serve and fertilize
—a deeper planted...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Juxtaposition

Reasoned emotion,
the right and the wrong

Obverted direction,
both weak and both strong

Impassioned, enlightened,
the mind and the soul

The moment on fire
—humanity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Now Crying Inward

Philosophy is not
an act of discovery,
but
an act of creation
the difference sublime

Poetic verse is not
conscripted but inspired,
whose
direction cries inward
—its essence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Gale Force

A tempest swept in,
transporting my thoughts

The past to the future,
and back to today

Recapturing memories,
beginning again

Untimed reminiscence
—the present...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Evident Sui

Any proof for God is
oxymoronic

God needs no testament,
only man

Not to be indicted,
 not to be confirmed

Beyond all dialectic
—God...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Diamonds In The Rough

I write for the diamonds,
all quartz to be damned

The populace deafened,
and jaded demand

That anything selfish,
their wills to be pawned

My jewels though not many
—sparkle...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Desert Wind

Identity
is derivative
of distance
endowed

Space
the Grand Sultan,
its winds
to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

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Beyond The Rim

Is identity a reference
to all that I’m not
or something else again
Is what I’m becoming
and what I am
in contrast clearly plain
Or then is it more
and crossing over
to what I’ve not yet been
The border amorphous
where gravity pulls
—to dance beyond...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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The Ugliest Stepsister

Truth minus freedom
—equals...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Excerpt

The wound bleeds free
—that kills the angry...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Breaking Ground

Shovel ready verse,
new soil to disturb

Whose well to make deeper
—its draft future...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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Bigotry's Troth

Being, becoming,
though different the same

All motion reflexive,
where time rules the game

Being, becoming,
whose vow is enforced

When married to both
—refusing...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Behind The Gate

Living a life of isolation…
writing became my friend
Celebrating the day’s events,
fresh names inside my pen

Though others think me lonely,
the truth is far from that
Comrades made with each new word,
in fiction and in...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Touched By A Demon

Dancing with the devil.
we waltzed across the floor

Past the spot the band was playing,
through the open door

The darkness called to him by name,
he answered with a smile

And looked at me and said: “This way,
damnations forked...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Until

Time is a drug,
both good and bad

Infecting and curing,
the happy sad

Time is a stipend,
to cash at will

Its fund ever spending
—to last...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Overdrive

Shifting into tomorrow,
today passing through the exhaust
The RPM’s marking time and space
—direction all but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Last Break

Surfing the crest of
a midsummer night’s dream,
the waves became my friend

Rising and falling
in sets of remembrance
—last break to never...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Subliminal Ink

I refuse to remember
what I can never forget

Words lost to my memory
lined deep with regret

The faster I write,
the deeper I hide

A reckoning hovers
—forgiveness...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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New Light

The answer unquestioned…
a circle begins

The question unanswered,
enlightenment wins

The answer cries lonely,
a tree with no bark

The question roots deeper
—new light from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Baring Its Teeth

Deception comes richly,
new lies in its purse

Old wolves on the mountaintop
—Gideon’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 20 Views
added 3 years ago
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Meta-Morph

You could,
but you can’t

You would,
though you won’t

You did,
then you didn’t

You were
—and you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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One Voice

A place though small enough to write,
still big enough to dream

My pen, a passport out of time,
with phrases to redeem

The North Wind calls, a purple sky,
on wings my ear...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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New Offspring

Does your writing dance above the words
or somewhere down below

Do voices borrowed and feelings loaned,
occlude your diction’s flow

Do phrases couple and stanzas mesh,
in new harmonic...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dew On The Lilacs

Surrogate reality,
divorced from what’s real

The news on your cable,
and movies conceal

The brands that you purchase,
the labels you wear

Convince you of something,
the ‘Emperor’ shares

While consciously vacant,
unconsciously...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dignity's Wealth

An eighty-buck hairdo,
an eighty-year face

The two now in conflict,
all balance erased

With age as a symbol
to search and destroy

All vanity coddled,
to plunder and toy

Bejeweled and bedangled,
she limps from the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Truth Inflected

The question you didn’t have to ask…
the only answer you...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Matthew 7.7

Truth is a question,
all answers abstain

Its dream open ended
—wonderments...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Moving The Goalpost

To what extent
is reality persuadable

Are the fence posts in concrete,
the commas unknown

Are the laws of existence
as such, redefinable

The axioms fluid
—truth more than is...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
added 3 years ago
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Unholy water

Has evolution
gotten bigger than God

 With Darwin the prophet,
a wink and a nod

Has almighty reason
rechristened itself

To worship false dogma
—in spite of what’s...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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Warming The Night

In the beginning there were cold rocks with
painted animals that chose which way you’d run
toward or away from tomorrow’s undoing
in search of what the present can’t find
looking into the future with blind refusal
at the corner of time and space...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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On Faith Alone

While hidden deep from nature’s wrath,
waiting in disguise

Below the ground a season born,
its birthright undenied

As winter trees now bare their souls,
whose limbs reach out in pain

Tomorrow the most promised wish
—till spring comes back...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Last Laugh

Told over and over,
the lie became true

As memory inverted,
the falsehood imbued

My cornerstone crumbling,
sticks piled with straw

A last self-deception
—the fantasy...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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By Default

If nothing can be done
—do...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Now Until Then

My Pen…
an extension
of my thoughts
and my prayers,
underlining
my feelings
for others
to share

The ink
is my history
its tracks
to begin,
a journey
connecting
what’s now
—until...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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A Last Waltz

“I’ve come to the very end of myself,”
the day cried out to the night

“My expiration date lined in blood,
tomorrow less than bright

“My beginning and ending dancing a last waltz,
destiny writing the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Angels In Transit

Death is a journey
that’s taken alone

Released from the tempus,
our spirits to roam

Death is a servant
indentured to slave

A Master beyond
—new Angels at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Chasing Its Tail

Language has limits
when backed to the wall

Its truth self-defining
by sages et al.

Language deserts us
as meaning retreats

Its light self-diffusing
—when destiny...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Tigers Cage

Freedom comes packaged
entrapped and confined

How big is your cage,
 to roam and define

Always constricted,
with borders that move

Its bars of detention
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
added 3 years ago
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Mesa Verde

No one’s ever gone
until forgotten

Their memory etched
like words in stone

—canyons to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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By Design

They separate us by gender,
and segregate by race

They separate us by intellect,
and isolate by taste

They separate us by fortune,
and detach us by fame

They separate us by family,
nepotism to blame

They keep us divided
through life ever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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By Design

They separate us by gender,
and segregate by race

They separate us by intellect,
and isolate by taste

They separate us by fortune,
and detach us by fame

They separate us by family,
nepotism to blame

They keep us divided
through life ever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Flumen Meum

My Pen
My connection,
My thoughts and
My prayers

My words
My extension,
My gift through
My air

My time
My gestation,
My daughters
My sons

My dreams
My redemption,
My river
—that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Flumen Meum

My Pen
My connection,
My thoughts and
My prayers

My words
My extension,
My gift through
My air

My time
My gestation,
My daughters
My sons

My dreams
My redemption,
My river
—that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
added 3 years ago
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Flumen Meum

My Pen
My connection,
My thoughts and
My prayers

My words
My extension,
My gift through
My air

My time
My gestation,
My daughters
My sons

My dreams
My redemption,
My river
—that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Complacentia

When you find yourself sheltered
in your own little corner,
it’s time to move on

When you find yourself buying
what your echoes are selling,
it’s time to be gone

When you find yourself spinning
in a circle redundant,
it’s time to step...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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Dreamscape

The night brings solace,
its darkness friend

Forever now
—forever...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 13 Views
added 3 years ago
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Athletic Rape

What is a man, what is a woman…
solved by the stroke of a pen

The genders now mix, the game has been fixed
 —playing fields only...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 18 Views
added 3 years ago
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Hitchcockian

I’m actually tired of being myself…
can I be you for awhile

I hide from the mirror and monogrammed lies,
as I run from an image defiled

I thought I was safe and had made my escape,
when memory reminded...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Soldiering On...

The dead never get to say goodbye,
as they charge across the line
Finality left to those who live,
still victimized by time

The dead never get to say hello,
a bust that’s now recast
Their sacrifice a milepost
—beyond the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Raison D' Etre

What purpose Poetry,
if not to transcend

The mundane, the broken,
those roads with no end

With every feeling
new words are reborn

To speak to Creation
—and live...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Farewell To Arms

Where do you go
when your war has been won

The enemy vanquished,
the legion’s undone

What do you do
when your purpose is gone

The feelings still burning,
the will to fight strong

Where do you go,
the last battle...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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"Condemned To Repeat...

The Pharisees vengeance,
unleashing again

To kill a ‘false’ prophet,
their fear redescends

The cross is made ready,
like ages before

The nails though still rusty,
hammer deep and secure

Their memories short sighted,
rejecting the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Wolf Comes Knocking

The pinnacle of abuse
 is preying on your own
Jackal, politician,
mercenary, or priest
Their cloak of deception
 hiding unspoken lies
Approaching your doorstep
—in the guise of a...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Perpetuo Adest

We serve the moment,
bespeaks the Lord

To live eternal
—in time...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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"In A Small Pond"

While safe in my corner,
so sure of myself

I criticized everything,
what’s thought and what’s felt

Secure in the fantasy,
my back to the wall

Returns to diminish
—the big to the...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 21 Views
added 3 years ago
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To Catherine Deneuve

I gave my heart to someone in the rain,
the clouds exploding, witness to my vows

The water carrying away each fervent wish
—to stream in happy aqueducts of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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Highland Meadows

Planted where I am,
I watched you blossom in the field

Time being what it is,
I picked each moment that would yield

Love that’s to be shared
takes on new meaning as it sows

Joy to spread and flower
—beyond where limitation...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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Final Lullaby

I didn’t go far,
but I went far enough
I could have reached deeper,
though finding so much

I could have seen more,
but my vision remains
I could have hoped longer,
though wishes...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 11 Views
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Fait Accompli

Everyone hates me eventually,
so why don’t you do it now

Saving us time, uncoupling the rhyme
—your anger my presence...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 3 Views
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Buck Fever

Lightly armed and uncommitted
—the question always turns to...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 16 Views
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The Foundry

What is… inherent,
what’s not… implied

Epiphanous moments
—waiting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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In A Golden Eye

Do you have to become what you observe
to really understand

To claim a new identity,
your psyche contraband

Must you pass straight through the mirror,
reflections left behind

To truly know what lies beyond
—whose essence you must...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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New Seeds

What you ask me to deny,
I in many ways affirm

The truth will not belie
what your apprehension spurns

Believing in myself
and the voice that speaks within

I cast new seeds into the air
—and beckon the four...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Blood & Pain

I shun the words you long to hear,
my heart and spirit cry

The votive candle burning down,
its flame a dimming lie

My pen to struggle against your will,
and scribe the message...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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Twin Fusion

With one pen in the inkwell,
eternity got wet

The words to dance and laugh and pray,
phrasing’s still unmet

With one pen in the inkwell,
the future kissed the past

The moments now, the moments then
—Siamese at...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Flash Point

The immediacy of time,
its reference untold

The beginning repeating,
not young—and not...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Time Deposits

Spending the future,
saving the past

Tomorrow debentured
—moments that...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
added 3 years ago
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Trust Fund

The poorest among us
only have money

The richest endowed
—with nothing but...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 9 Views
added 3 years ago
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Gold Standard

In the currency of dreams
—you can never make...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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Ever Changing

Music can only be heard one way,
words have a different refrain

Melody imprisoned by note and score,
what’s written when read apt to change

The ear a prisoner to the composer’s delight,
to listen—a captive...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Only The Dead

The drums have restarted,
the chanters proclaim

The dancers with coup sticks
in shadows remain

The flames burn in tribute
to death songs before

Because only the dead
—know the end of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 5 Views
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That Human About Us

The lack of humanity
drives zero-sum
Away from each other
a darkening sun

What science explains
its methods conceal
Frustration attacks
lost cogs on the wheel

Desperation in charge
its point ever sharp
To pierce into nothing
but leaving its...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 12 Views
added 3 years ago
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Rebirth & Reclamation

You don’t have to abandon previous beliefs
to embrace what presents to you now

As windows long open whose portals of light
wrap around each new vision—enshroud

Those messages ancient and all messages new
interlock like the fingers of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
added 3 years ago
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Broken Mirrors

It’s easy to criticize…
harder to know

The poison unleashing,
reflections aglow

Assumption to breed
where temerity hides

The lie in sheep’s clothing
—truth buried...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 10 Views
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Ode To Keats

Beauty is truth,
truth is beauty,
let me count the ways

Beauty is truth,
truth is beauty,
so near, so far away

Beauty is truth,
truth is beauty,
one chance to cross the line

Beauty is truth,
truth is beauty,
love is so...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Unanswered Cries

Do you need to be born in Africa or Haiti
to be saved
What about the single mother in the ghettos
of Detroit
Will an actor or politician or philanthropist
deem you worthy
Of a rescue from a situation that as assuredly
kills
Cable TV asks for your...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
added 3 years ago
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Tres Dimensiva Tempus

Time passes through my watch,
as function follows form

Most sacred of mysteries
—the final...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 4 Views
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The Back Side

For fifty years I laid out the traps
that I find myself in
—as old age...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 2 Views
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Dolorem

Sorrow…
 penultimate killer
—handmaiden of...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
added 3 years ago
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The Final Crusade

Destiny knighted
—vanity...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 8 Views
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Wellspring

Not distracted by fame or success,
the floodgates sprung open
—truth running...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
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The Ends Of Infinity

Beyond permission
and the endowment tree
The wind blows constant,
it calls to me

Freedom is born
past entitlements whim
The ends of infinity
—knotting...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 7 Views
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From Grandfather

Waiting for yesterday,
I was delivered the voice
Whose tongue universal,
beyond reason and choice

Waiting for yesterday,
my time had arrived
Death hunting itself
—my spirit...

by Kurt Philip Behm

 6 Views
added 3 years ago
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