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)  


  • 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.


  • poetboy5454

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

  • Laura


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


    • Kurt Philip Behm

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

      • Laura

        I’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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