Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 25,744 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,117 Points Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (7/21/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    Hello Kelly! i am a new entry into the world of poets in Poem Hunter. Ayman is great fan of your poetry and has most vociferously advocated reading your poems. I just entered your site and am awe struck by the phenomenal amount of writing you have done.375 poems - that's amazing! I do not not know where i should start. But i shall definitely read them and enjoy them too! 'i can promise too, to do my best too' (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (7/21/2015 6:00:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Geeta. Ayman is a good friend and a promising poet. He has been more than kind and encouraging to me. Have fun with poetry, Geeta. I am far away from home right now and can't get on-line much for a while, but I look forward to reading what you post.

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,089 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (7/16/2015 4:26:00 AM)

    A short poem that has said much. thanks for sharing. Even i now promise to do my best. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (7/16/2015 12:37:00 PM)

    Thank you Abdalla. It is a big part of my personal philosophy

  • Bronze Star - 2,691 Points Paul Amrod (7/14/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    Hi Kurt, This isa call to resilence as well as a call to patience with resignation. This paradox I think we all can feel and have expierenced that you have elegantly described. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (7/14/2015 11:57:00 AM)

    Thank you. I am glad that you saw both sides to this, Paul.

  • Gold Star - 49,999 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/12/2015 3:45:00 AM)

    Back when I was in the single digits, as in during the days when Ravi Shankar tried to convince Customs it was curry he was really smoking, I'd often go to my dad for advice when there was something I wanted to be able to do, but despite all my efforts, I could not....such as Ice Skating, which was the 1 sport I got nothing out of... aside from twisted & blistered ankles...My Dad would always ask me the same question, in his usual calm, 'we got it all under control'' tone...Frankie, would you like to find a way to get water to pour from a stone''? Sure, Dad, but you can't....That's right, Frankie, but if you gave it your very best, than it wasn't to be, ; He'd go on by saying, sometimes in Life we have to play the role of being the Best in trying to be the Bes...and in the end, those that always do that, will find the things they are best at, early in life, and because so, tin the end, they will most likely be very successful, if not the best, which is all you can do in Life...YOUR BEST! Okay, I'm a tad short on verbatim, but that was the gist of what he would say, and your fine above work tapped those times with my Dad, and how up until he passed in '08 at the age of 86, and me closing in on the big 5 0, we would still share stories on self-improvement, achieving work & personal goals, setting challengind yet attainable benchmarks to those goals, etc... Ramble Out! Enjoyed this, Kelly...can't believe I missed this one that apparently every other member on this site didn't! I did my best to get here sooner? ! ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (7/12/2015 11:26:00 AM)

    I am glad that in some small way, my poetry helped to bring a cherished memory home.

  • Bronze Star - 2,286 Points Shankaran Kutty (7/8/2015 11:07:00 PM)

    Beautiful. Short, crisp and leaves one ruminating on it over and over again. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (7/9/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    It is all I ask of myself

  • Rookie - 78 Points Anna Mccabe (6/28/2015 10:33:00 PM)

    Your word choice and examples here are beautiful (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (6/28/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    Thank you, Anna. It is a personal favorite of mine and heartfelt.

  • Rookie - 122 Points Sara Javed (6/27/2015 9:55:00 AM)

    Beautiful poetry! Love the expressions, and the words! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (6/27/2015 6:52:00 PM)

    Thank you, Sara. I appreciate your kind words.

  • Gold Star - 17,732 Points Ramesh Rai (6/25/2015 10:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful write expressing truthfulness. Thanks for share + 10. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (6/25/2015 1:30:00 PM)

    Thank you, Ramesh

  • Gold Star - 5,069 Points Ayman Parray (6/20/2015 1:19:00 PM)

    This is the best poem indeed. And I do agree with you when you say, 'You cannot do better than your best'. Thank you for putting this highly inspiring thought in my mind. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (6/20/2015 4:00:00 PM)

    If anything I write has a positive effect, I am fulfilled as a writer.
    Thank you, Ayman

  • Rookie - 59 Points Pius Beeps Adamu (6/6/2015 2:07:00 PM)

    The best is always required of us. Well written. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (6/6/2015 2:52:00 PM)

    Any less would be failure.
    Thanks, Pius

  • Rookie - 41 Points Xenophon Das (6/4/2015 9:51:00 PM)

    that's the real attitude........ HATS-UP MAN.... (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (6/5/2015 10:11:00 AM)

    Thanks, Xenophon

  • Veteran Poet - 1,353 Points Nel Omofolarin (5/27/2015 2:40:00 AM)

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

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (5/27/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    Thanks, Nel

  • Rookie - 90 Points Suppiah Asokan (5/23/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    Beautifully written hats off. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (5/23/2015 12:50:00 PM)

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

  • Freshman - 937 Points Queeny Gona (5/22/2015 12:14:00 PM)

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

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (5/22/2015 3:20:00 PM)

    Thank you kind poet, Queeny

  • Gold Star - 5,760 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 - 25,744 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 - 338 Points Kundai Courtney Gomo (5/19/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    simple, yet speaking volumes.lovely (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 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 - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (5/19/2015 9:19:00 AM)

    Thanks, Michael

  • Gold Star - 5,069 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 - 25,744 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 - 32,720 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 - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (5/13/2015 12:31:00 PM)

    Thank you, Ahktar

  • Freshman - 643 Points Kate Lechoe (5/11/2015 4:44:00 AM)

    A well written poem. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 25,744 Points Kelly Kurt (5/11/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kate.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015

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