Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 193,815 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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