Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 196,076 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Consciousness (How Do I Know I'm Me?) - Poem by Kelly Kurt

A soul?
Is that what I am?
Out of the billions of bodies that exist
Have existed
Why am I in this one, now?
Could I just as easily have been a woman?
An Eskimo?
A caveman?
Or not at all?
I am reasonably sure that I am aware
I am all but certain that I’m not you
Experience has indicated that my thoughts are isolated
Whether in my brain, mind or
Is consciousness merely an emergent property?
A quantum state?
An illusion?
If it is who we are, who I am
Where was I before I was aware that I am?
Did I choose this time, this place, this body?
Despite all the pains in my life
Physical and emotional
I would not want to be anyone but me
The thought is terrifying
So in my tumble-down chair, I sit
Alone with my thoughts
My consciousness

Topic(s) of this poem: consciousness, life, thought

Comments about Consciousness (How Do I Know I'm Me?) by Kelly Kurt

  • Valsa George (9/23/2015 10:51:00 PM)

    Highly introspective thoughts!

    'Despite all the pains in my life
    Physical and emotional
    I would not want to be anyone but me'....... these are the best lines in the poem and I feel this is the highest form of self acceptance! ! A 10
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    Kelly Kurt (9/23/2015 11:45:00 PM)

    I have no choice but to accept myself but I would anyway. Thanks, Valsa

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  • Liza Sudina (9/23/2015 10:51:00 AM)

    Stop all the thoughts - and you will see he Light (so Buddha teaches) . me - it's impossible to explain it in words I think. you are the Microuniverse! small copy of God. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/23/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    A friend is trying to teach me to improve my meditation. My thoughts never cease, sleep comes difficultly.

  • Souren Mondal (9/23/2015 5:36:00 AM)

    A beautifully written poem sir. The words match the thoughts with perfection.. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/23/2015 9:35:00 AM)

    Thank you, Souren. The original inspiration is quickly written, but refining the words to match as closely as words can do justice, takes much longer.

  • Sanjukta Nag (9/23/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    Lofty thought with the blend of spirituality and philosophy. Loved this poem as I used to think how do I know what I was or what I will be.. as I'm changing this body over and over with the course of time... and yes I don't want to be anyone else but me. I am me. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/23/2015 9:33:00 AM)

    Thank you, Sanjukta. I see rich, famous, beautiful people with apparently wonderful lives but I would not trade for anything.

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/23/2015 12:45:00 AM)

    Poignant poetry 100 on 10, I missed this in my early comment. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/23/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    ~~Thank you, sir.

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/23/2015 12:44:00 AM)

    Outstanding Poem.............This poem will work wonders for those who would like it do introspection and appreciate the Creator of the world and all creatures. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/23/2015 9:30:00 AM)

    Thank you, Mohammed. I get lost in thought, and quite often this finds it way to the forefront.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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