Toll Mine To Pay

My road deeply potholed,
  with those left behind



Resurfaced with pain,
  all casualties mine

A road often fatal,
  to family and friends


No roses to line it,
  as it twisted and bent

When forced to look back,
  I see nothing but blood


From my hands to the cradle,
  on those that I’ve loved


If you ask me my reason

  for acting this way

With eyes straight ahead,
  I’d have nothing to say

With the road getting shorter,
  compressed in the light



Behind me those bodies,
  that questioned my flight


The deeper I travel,
  newer endings begin


This toll mine to pay
 —heading further within

(Villanova Pennsylvania: July, 2017)
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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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