Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 211,443 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Deceptive Senses - Poem by Kelly Kurt

The light we see, reflecting off our surroundings
Creating the images that imbue our days
Are wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation
No color exists in them
The sounds we hear, coming from all directions
Warning, informing, beguiling, exposing
Are mechanical waves, propagating through a medium
No noise exists in them
Smell and taste, pleasures of even the poor
Sweet, savory, indulgent, personal
Are molecular chemical detection and analysis
No flavor or aroma exists in them
Touch; pressure and pain, temperature and delight
Does not even occur, only forces ever meet
Physical signs of entropy and change
But no direct contact exists
Perception is personal
Assessment, highly localized
One sense organ
The brain
It is you, but tells you what it chooses
And is not unknown to lie

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Comments about Deceptive Senses by Kelly Kurt

  • (7/7/2018 2:50:00 PM)

    As long as my brain keeps making *some* serotonin (I hope I am right with this, I have very little formal knowledge) , I guess I will be fine. Sometimes though, on a serious note, I feel we all like deceiving ourselves a little, maybe for the better or for worse. A very wise poem Kelly. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (7/7/2018 6:00:00 PM)

    Our 'self' is an illusion created by the brain.

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  • Dimitrios Galanis (7/21/2016 8:07:00 AM)

    Although deceptive are the senses, through them we reach to know their way the surrounding world.//Through your poetical perception it is so clear to us, dear Kelly. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (7/21/2016 1:28:00 PM)

    Thank you. I appreciate my (if I can even use that term) perceptions of the pleasures in life

  • (11/20/2015 10:02:00 PM)

    Cogito Ergo Sum, sums this up to some extent after all everything we see is only stimulated by electrical chemical impulses as you so succinctly stated. It reminds me of what I think when I see a leaf that's green that green is the response of the pigments of chlorophyll and the absorbing way it takes in sunlight spectrum breaking it down into the wavelength that we know it as, all in the process of converting water and water into sugars. (of course I probably didn't say this in the correct order) . But it always comes down to how we see it, a plant is only green in that we perceive it to be green because that is what we think it is, but a bird or a bee see something vastly different then what we can. Perception can be so deceiving, we exists on the tip of an iceberg of what nature gives us. Sorry to ramble this just makes me think. Brilliant and Intelligent work, needs to be shared. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/20/2015 11:26:00 PM)

    Thank you, Kevin. All interpretation is done in the brain. Nifty sense organs evolved to capture external stimuli and transmit them electrochemically to the brain but once there they are interpreted. Not as waves on an oscilloscope or any other scientific analysis device Vision, sounds, tastes, pain. Very subjective.

  • Edmund Strolis (11/20/2015 7:36:00 PM)

    That has always intrigued me that taste and smell are molecular chemical reactions which always makes find it more magical than less so. The thought that these reactions, the taste of ice cream can not be shared and yet are universal nonetheless. A blind singer so often sings of highly visual things that they have never seen, such as a sunrise, through the warmth on their skin on a summers day? We are hardwired like all creatures to be lured by smell and taste or else we would not eat and to desire another human being so as to reproduce. Our senses are us after all and extend to appreciation of a cello played hauntingly beautiful. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/20/2015 11:28:00 PM)

    A very astute response, Edmund thanks

  • Rahman Henry (11/20/2015 12:37:00 PM)

    Perception is personal assessment, highly localized........... amazing poem to search the ultimate truth blending the practiced truth.....10++++++++.... I love this great poem of a great poet..... (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/20/2015 11:30:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Rahman. These kinds of things inspire me.

  • Akhtar Jawad (11/20/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    Yes Kelly Kurt, it's all the game of electromagnetic impulses, the same impulse creates different effects in different persons. So you are right to say that senses are deceptive. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/20/2015 9:45:00 AM)

    There is no way for me to truly tell if the sound I 'hear' or color I 'see' is the 'same' as what you or anyone else perceives.

  • Spock The Vegan (11/19/2015 11:59:00 PM)

    The brain
    It is you, but tells you what it chooses
    And is not unknown to lie

    Very true. A good write from a scientist. I doubt if most people know what entropy is - not sure I do. I think it means I am getting old! *Thanks*
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    Kelly Kurt (11/20/2015 9:43:00 AM)

    The loss of order in a closed system.
    We are both getting old my friend.: -)

  • Shahin Latif (11/19/2015 6:51:00 PM)

    Lovely assessment. I enjoyed this poem. I am very pleased to you. so, take my love. be well always dearest poet Kelly Kurt. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/19/2015 9:17:00 PM)

    Thank you, Shahin. Peace to you.

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/19/2015 1:12:00 PM)

    Assessment is highly localized. We see light everyday light is reflection as well as thoughts are reflected from mind. Very amazing sharing done definitely. Interesting poem shared here...10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/19/2015 4:48:00 PM)

    Thank you my friend.

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/19/2015 1:03:00 PM)

    A smoke screen under with this life is crawling and trying to make a pass......Nice thought provoking poem, Mr. Kelly. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/19/2015 1:12:00 PM)

    Thanks, Mohammed. I like to give reasons to ponder

  • Souren Mondal (11/19/2015 12:50:00 PM)

    Everything is an illusion.. Everything is a lie... To trust or not to trust - ourselves - that is the question... A poem with valuable questions.. Thank you Kelly.. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/19/2015 1:11:00 PM)

    Thanks, Souren. Our brains fill in gaps, find patterns that aren't there. We have to be wary

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