Kurt Philip Behm

That Voice Inside (+4)

I once tried crossing over

 a bridge that silence built


And for mile after mile

 the quiet maimed and killed


My speech was dumb and dormant

 as I bided all my time


In hope of passing through the cracks

   the exit doors unrhymed


My life dead on arrival

 till a voice inside decreed


To build a frame beneath that bridge

  —and set my meaning free


(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2019)


Trailing Closer


Those footsteps ahead

 are now footsteps behind


The past but a memory

 the future declines


My cadence is slowing

 my direction unclear


When frozen in place

 on the wind I can hear


Quiet footsteps ahead

 louder footsteps behind


Their sound fast approaching

 to reclaim and remind


The years stay unpromised

 except for the end


Each step left unwalked

 trailing closer—portends


(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2019)



The Words


The eyes of a poet

The heart of a warrior

The soul of a prophet

 —but the words of a man


(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2019)



The Ashes Of Sin


A man must be measured

  to call himself such


Each storm must be weathered

  its helmsman so clutch


Fire must be extinguished

  for growth to begin


The seeds of new virtue

  —from the ashes of sin


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2015)



The Walker


One foot in front of the other…

  that’s usually enough


One thought no longer indentured

  captive or rebuffed


One heart in search of love

  a new life to begin


One verse free and uncensored

   —your legacy to sing


(Villanova Pennsylvania: December, 2015)





  • Diamond

    Excellent write!
    Loved the line "the exit doors unrhymed"

  • Laura


    I Love this one!
    So much said with a few words.

    Happy Sunday!


    • Kurt Philip Behm

      Thanks. Laura woke me up with this one last night!

      • Laura

        She certainly doesn’t give up, does she?! She’s determined!
        I’m glad she did because, as I said, I really love this one!😊

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      • Johnny Lawless

        Quality work that is hard to come across.

        • Kurt Philip Behm

          Very kind and much appreciated!


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