Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 12,873 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

I Can Promise Only This - Poem by Kelly Kurt

You can ask anything of me and I will attempt
You can tell me to smile, when grief is my shadow
You can stick me with pins and require my stillness
Take all my possessions and demand more
You can mandate the improbable and I will comply
But I can promise only this
To do my best

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Comments about I Can Promise Only This by Kelly Kurt

  • Rookie - 108 Points Nel Omofolarin (5/27/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    Genius...! No man beats his best..excellent poem (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/27/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    Thanks, Nel

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  • Rookie - 57 Points Suppiah Asokan (5/23/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    Beautifully written hats off. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/23/2015 12:50:00 PM)

    Thank you, Suppiah. I am overwhelmed by the positive responses to my simple poem

  • Rookie - 386 Points Queeny Gona (5/22/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    A wonderful composition by you dear sir! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/22/2015 3:20:00 PM)

    Thank you kind poet, Queeny

  • Silver Star - 3,213 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/21/2015 1:36:00 AM)

    Highly inspirational. Your best is enough my friend. well done! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/21/2015 12:20:00 PM)

    Thank you, Howard (You truly are motivational) It is cliché perhaps, but anything less than 100% effort is a failure on the part of the actor

  • Rookie - 261 Points Kundai Courtney Gomo (5/19/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    simple, yet speaking volumes.lovely (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/19/2015 9:22:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kundai. I think that truths can and should be spoken simply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Joseph (5/17/2015 8:21:00 PM)

    I find the simplicity makes this more deep. You should get this published. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/19/2015 9:19:00 AM)

    Thanks, Michael

  • Veteran Poet - 1,419 Points Ayman Parray (5/13/2015 12:49:00 PM)

    Great sentiment, and poetry - love can make you do your best, only if it is not a jest- thank you sir (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/13/2015 4:21:00 PM)

    Thanks, Ayman. Love is a tremendous motivator but doing your best should be a way of life

  • Gold Star - 28,619 Points Akhtar Jawad (5/13/2015 3:27:00 AM)

    But I can promise only this
    To do my best
    A wonderful poem with amazing two last lines..............10 (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/13/2015 12:31:00 PM)

    Thank you, Ahktar

  • Rookie - 217 Points Kate Lechoe (5/11/2015 4:44:00 AM)

    A well written poem. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/11/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kate.

  • Rookie - 475 Points Zoila T. Flores (5/9/2015 5:20:00 PM)

    It's a beautiful Poem. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/9/2015 5:29:00 PM)

    Thank you, Zoila

  • Freshman - 767 Points Melissa Tamayo (5/8/2015 8:34:00 PM)

    Little written with much impact... Nice work (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/9/2015 11:50:00 AM)

    Thank you Melissa.

  • Freshman - 614 Points Elena Plotkin (5/8/2015 8:46:00 AM)

    Powerful write! A poem that stays with you long after you have read it. well done! 10+ (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/8/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    Thank you very much, Elena

  • Rookie - 216 Points Alka .. (5/7/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    beautifully expressed it is diluting in inside, beautiful piece (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/7/2015 11:13:00 AM)

    Thank you, Alka.

  • Bronze Star - 2,018 Points Frank Davis, Sr. (5/4/2015 2:39:00 AM)

    Everyone's personal standard of excellence.
    Only your best is good enough; only good enough is not your best.
    Outstanding work, Kelly! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/4/2015 12:50:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Frank. I truly believe this.

  • Freshman - 981 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/1/2015 9:11:00 PM)

    I know this instance
    And what is good is that, at least we will do our best when asked.

    The poem is concise
    The message is delivered. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (5/1/2015 9:32:00 PM)

    Thank you, Naida. Your kind words are appreciated

  • Rookie - 306 Points Terrance Mawanga (4/30/2015 12:40:00 PM)

    This a great poem. Its simply brilliant. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (4/30/2015 1:37:00 PM)

    Thank you, Terrance. I try to live up to its message

  • Veteran Poet - 1,419 Points G. Akanji Olaniyi (4/30/2015 9:08:00 AM)

    You just can never do beyond your best! Good reminder! ! ! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (4/30/2015 1:36:00 PM)

    No more can be asked or given. Thanks, G. Akanji

  • Freshman - 704 Points Lajpat Chawla (4/29/2015 8:29:00 AM)

    Absolutely great. LOVED IT. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (4/29/2015 1:04:00 PM)

    Thank you. It should be always taught, to do one's best

  • Gold Star - 6,367 Points Tushar Ray (4/27/2015 11:23:00 AM)

    Doing our best is all we can do as a human being. Thank you for sharing! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (4/27/2015 1:51:00 PM)

    Thanks for your comments, Tushar. Something learned from my mother before she died,40 years ago

  • Rookie - 227 Points Karl Mcareavey (4/26/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    Nice verse Kurt..... the world has high expectations of everyone and low tolerance of mistakes or failure and you cant please all of the people all of the time, but if you have tried your best that's al that matters to me (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 12,873 Points Kelly Kurt (4/26/2015 1:18:00 PM)

    You understand completely, Karl. Thanks

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015


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