Kurt Philip Behm

Something For Pyotr (+5)

Is anything more beautiful

than a Tchaikovsky waltz


The Nutcracker sublime,

Swan Lake to exalt


Where violins elevate,

and horns renew hope


Archangels in heaven,

by his music elope


Is anything sweeter

than a Tchaikovsky refrain


Wind instruments sonorous,

flutes pouring like rain


Percussion calls out,

as you rise from your seat


No choice but to dance

  —your circle complete


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2016)



All Letters Gone


The new Millennium…

love with a small l

mistrust with a large M

honor—with all letters gone


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2016)



Comedy Of Errors






The fairytale of George W. Bush


Barack Obama


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2016)



The Liars Fjord


A warrior can be an artist,

but can an artist go to war


Can the craftsman ever breathe the fire,

that tempered the blade he forged


The warrior-poet not the poet-warrior,

the difference in the score


All fury do his words inspire

—to bridge the liars fjord


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2016)



Lunacy\'s Bliss


Checking the pulse

on insanity’s wrist


Its beat never constant,

as demon’s persist


The pressure to rise

with each maddening twist


Whose heart then to burst

—into lunacy’s bliss


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2016)




An Ounce Of Hope


A pound of silver

will only rent today


What an ounce of hope

—can buy tomorrow


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2016)