Kurt Philip Behm

Toasting Erich Fromm (+4)

Positive freedom,

nose in the wind

Negative freedom,

refusing within


Shaking and straining,

the spirits set free

To pour or leave empty,

 at times disagree


Positive, Negative,

the labels of truth

Distilled combination

—like gin and vermouth


(Villanova University: February, 2021)



Memories Of Ouray


Nothing about life is impossible,

 viewed while looking up


Nothing about death is reversible,

 viewed while looking down


All in between is contestable,

winds blow North and South


Nothing promised, nothing cursed

—the choice to laugh or frown


(Ouray Colorado: October, 1995)






Weapons grade narcissism,

 nuclear results


Fallout clear, scorching dear

—free speech its main assault


(Dreamsleep: February, 2021)




Lost & Alone


A man without a shadow,

has nothing left to lose


Reflecting back, all memory gone

—abandoned by his Muse


(Dreamsleep: March, 2021)




To Saint Jude


The square root of an Epiphany

—is hope


(Villanova Sacristy: March, 2021)  



  • FredPeyer

    Like em all, but the last one stands out!

  • L. B. Mek

    'The square root of an Epiphany
    —is hope'..
    Way to claim back that word as well! We must fight for language, like we fight for our lands.
    thank you for sharing!

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