One Word Of Hope

I’d rather write the truest book
  for just one man to read

Than draft that one of mass appeal,
—to blush but never bleed

I’d rather speak that one great line
  to a canyon vast and wide

Than forever to recite mundane
  what an audience will comply

I’d rather die a poet’s death
  than an actors out on loan

I’d rather live within myself
  than in crowds where I’m alone

I’d rather give my last few breaths
  to that child at my knee

And leave with him one word of hope,
—that he may then set free

(Villanova Pennsylvania: August, 2016)
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Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with twelve 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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