Kurt Philip Behm

Altar Unknown (+4)

When we all get to heaven,

  do we pray in one voice

 

Or keep our wills separate

  to still have a choice

 

When we meet the almighty,

  will our thoughts be our own

 

Or is identity sacrificed

  —on His altar unknown

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)

 

 

Verum Pretium

 

When eternity is mortgaged

  —your soul its true cost

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)

 

 

 

Lies To Withstand

 

Journalistic integrity…

  give me a break

 

Your lies are on fire

  there’s hell at the gate

 

Journalistic integrity

  the wages of sin

 

All truth has been twisted

  your speech has worn thin

 

Journalistic integrity

  oxymoron disclosed

 

Two words now in conflict

  their corruption exposed

 

Journalistic integrity

  death by your own hand

 

All blame you relinquish

  —your lies to withstand

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)

 

 

Memory Hacked

 

When you’re inside,

  you can always get out

 

But stuck outside,

  you must plead and then shout

 

“please let me

  please let me

  please let me in”

 

This darkness unending,

  my veneer wearing thin

 

“please let me

  please let me

  please let me back”

 

My key has been stolen

  —my memory hacked

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)

 

Glass Houses

 

Stopping just short of judgment,

  his mind took a leap

 

Whose soul rose as substance

  now ready to speak

 

Words before never uttered

  or spoken in vain

 

This acknowledgement followed

  crying out in refrain…

 

“The joy in the brotherhood

   all torment by choice

 

 “To share in celebration,

   we alone can’t rejoice

 

 “The critic inside us

   the judger of sins

 

 “Is best left in silence

   till it targets within”

 

As time will remind us,

  and these words will recall

 

All biting reprisal

  —the coward’s downfall

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)  

Comments5

  • Claudelle DeLuna

    Great poems! Kurt
    Bless Day,
    šŸ˜Š

  • MLHnow

    Ooh you can see my spiritual incongruity!
    We never want to give away or lose the beautiful soul of I because that indvividual me makes us so human! Thanks for reaffirming our cosmic connection! MLH

  • Kurt Philip Behm

    My pleasure, MLH. Thanks for reading.

    Kurt

  • poetboy5454

    I always love me some good political poems! Wonderful piece on the problems journalism carries today!

  • Laura

    Kurt,

    Five wonderful gems to ponder upon. Many questions asked...
    not many answers required!

    ~Laura~

    • Kurt Philip Behm

      Your comments are always so poetic, and I so
      look forward to them. Are you still in Brooklyn?

      • Laura

        Iā€™m humbled with your comment...thank you!

        Yes, my aunt still needs me!
        As much as I love Italy and Australia, I like being in New York. I volunteered to help her out!
        Nostalgia is part of my name!

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