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)

 

 

 

Comments3

  • Diamond

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

  • Laura

    Kurt,

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

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Laura~🌻

    • 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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      • Lawless

        Quality work that is hard to come across.

        • Kurt Philip Behm

          Very kind and much appreciated!

          Kurt



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