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 eleven books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War Trail : Death from The Sky more…

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