On The Line (+5)

Kurt Philip Behm

Beyond academia

its cause and effect


Lies a power inherent

above judgment and theft


Atop its ivory tower

and smothering vine


Consensus is trembling

—with truth on the line


(Villanova Pennsylvania: March, 2015)



From 'The Book Of Prayers'


  Love On Display


You come to the Lord

in only one way


On wings of forgiveness

—love on display


(Villanova Pennsylvania: March, 2015)



Last Goodbye


A Poet with nothing

left to say


On bended knees

gets down to pray


Belief on hold,

his memory churns


Sleep comes hard

dreams toss and turn


A new starvation

fatal thirst


This deprivation



Last ounce of blood,

the page is stained


No letters form,

no thoughts remain


A Poet left

without his voice


Dark road to travel

single choice


The sun has set

and not to rise


His final word

—a last goodbye


(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2018)


Dying To Be Free


We have nothing to agree about,

there is no common ground


You clinging hard to all excuse

and me to reasons found


Thirty-five years and nothing’s changed,

   as you relive the past


Our blood runs thin, our names the same,

you feast on what I fast


With history gone, there’s nothing shared

except to disagree


You hanging on to a dying past,

me, dying to be free


(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2018)




Arms Length


A vicarious metaphor

—the writer’s privilege


(Villanova Pennsylvania: March, 2018)



Beginning Again


From silver to gold,

the years marched along


As language emboldened

its words into song


The grey of my twilight

a welcome relief


All reasoned excuses

now another’s belief


As the winds through the canyon

blow the valley to sand


This ending now welcome

—a new beginning again


(Villanova Pennsylvania: March, 2015)




  • Author: Kurt Philip Behm (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 1st, 2018 10:59
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  • Ecelis20

    Last line sums it up best I think. I really like it! 🙂

  • Kurt Philip Behm

    Thanks so much!

  • FredPeyer

    You are an incredibly gifted writer, Kurt. Your poems are a pleasure to read. Have been and am very busy with my work right now and may not have time to read everything, but will try to drop in every once in a while!

    • Kurt Philip Behm

      Thanks Fred, always a thrill when you comment. I hope busy is good!


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