Joplin was to Southern Comfort,
what Hendrix was to smack Morrison was to masquerade,
what Dylan never lacks Woodstock was to 69,’
what music was to time Saigon was to those who stayed,
what Auschwitz now reminds Kennedy was to hopes and dreams,
what nightmares were to some Castro was to leftist thugs,
what cymbals are to drums Kissinger was to Nixon what Canada was to home
Dr. King to civil rights,
what kings are to their thrones
Walter Cronkite was to news,
what intention was to fact Altar boys were to Priests,
what pretzels are to snacks
58,000 were to die,
what a wall was to proclaim 58,000 were to all,
what conscience is to shame
(Villanova Pennsylvania: March, 2017)
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Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with ten books in publication. Three of them Poetry. more…

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