The Claiming Race

Fame means part of you
Maybe all of you
Belongs to someone else
Someone vicarious in their intent
Insatiable given their adulation
Proprietary,
Eschewing personal risk or harm
Watching from the comfort
Of either praise or blame
They claim your soul like a
Racehorse
When you win their hearts
Leaving your memory abandoned
 —when dissident odds prevail

(Villanova Pennsylvania: January, 2015)
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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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