Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 193,815 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Face Value (Poem# 500) - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Behind the smile, paraded with practice
An alternate reality resides
Clever mask of self-imposed deception
Behind the eyes, lacking the light of life
Actuality is the sole resident
Suppressed, obscured, interred
Insipid book with flamboyant cover
Open the pages and read between the lines
Take not the face at face value

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Poet's Notes about The Poem

As it turns out, my 500th poem is being posted on my 6 month anniversary here at PH. I would like to thank my new friends, from all over the world, for their encouragement, support, inspiration and friendship. In the last 6 months I have doubled my lifetime output of poetry and managed to land a contract for my humor book (which will be released in just 38 days.) To all here at PH, I wish happiness, health, inspiration and peace!

Comments about Face Value (Poem# 500) by Kelly Kurt

  • Madhabi Banerjee (4/6/2016 1:41:00 PM)


    thanks for 500. you enriched us. and there lies a face value no doubt. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (4/6/2016 4:04:00 PM)

    Thank you, Madhabi. I am approaching 1000 and hope I can still be relevant.

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  • Dimitrios Galanis (12/24/2015 10:50:00 AM)


    I'll try too to translate it into greek. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (12/24/2015 12:35:00 PM)

    I would be honored, Dimitrios. Thanks

  • Ayman Parray (11/8/2015 1:05:00 AM)


    Congratulations on your 500th poem, Kelly. And can't wait to get my hands on your book, now that it is finally out. Will get hold of a few copies within the next few days :) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (11/8/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    Thanks, Ayman. I hope you aren't disappointed.
    As you can see, I'm over 600 now: -)

  • (9/26/2015 9:05:00 AM)


    Insipid book with flamboyant cover...And there must have been a time when the reality was just the other way around. This work is a real gem. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/26/2015 10:53:00 AM)

    Thank you, Mj. An insightful comment.

  • Valsa George (9/18/2015 11:21:00 PM)


    Yes, under the deceptive cover of friendliness and magnanimity, man hides his true nature of selfishness, jealousy and wickedness! A very correct assessment of many a man! This being your 500th poem, I am glad to
    wish you all the best on this landmark achievement! 500 poems in such a short time span is no small achievement! Keep penning more are more poems having the quality of your Grasshopper!
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 11:52:00 PM)

    Thank you, Valsa. Smiles can also conceal sadness.
    I love to write about my encounters with nature.

  • Akhtar Jawad (9/16/2015 5:16:00 AM)


    Take not the face at face value. Yes, face value is deceptive. Congrats for sharing your 500th poem. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/16/2015 11:33:00 AM)

    Thank you, Akhtar. Eyes can lie as can smiles

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/13/2015 8:14:00 PM)


    Congrats on reaching the 500 mark! All the best for your humour book. I am sure it will be a winner with your flair for pun. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/14/2015 1:00:00 AM)

    Thanks. I'm hoping to promote it in India too.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/13/2015 2:02:00 PM)


    Congratulations on your 500th poem. A great achievement in six months bringing great quality and building up the number. Take not the face at face value. Beautiful message delivered. Thank you. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/13/2015 3:08:00 PM)

    Many thanks, Tirupathi

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/13/2015 1:25:00 PM)


    Wonderful imagery. So nicely and wisely depicted. Thanks for sharing.....10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/13/2015 1:38:00 PM)

    Your comments humble me, sir. Thanks

  • Daniel Brick (9/13/2015 10:16:00 AM)


    In this poem you peel off layers of superficialities to reach what you call the SOLE RESIDENT. You also identify
    this essence of being as ALTERNATE REALITY and ACTUALITY. This process could be applied to those around you as you try to learn the truth about them, OR you could apply it to yourself. In either case, the sole resident or
    SOUL (Did you intend that pun?) is the genuine human being, but covered up by those layers of self-deception, socially imposed roles, masks, etc. BTW congratulations on achieving 500 poems! Both their quantity and quality are to be celebrated. Do you retire now with that perfect number next to your name, or write the next poem which will spoil its purity, namely,501? !
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/13/2015 11:51:00 AM)

    I am a bit OCD, and briefly considered keeping the round number of 500 intact.: -)
    I am not a bit surprised that you dissected this poem into its intended meanings. A smile can disguise inner strife or it cover malevolent intentions (among other things) The subjective reality of the individual owner of a consciousness CAN not be known by others and is often purposely distorted to change perception. On a more benign level, we all wear some sort of mask(s) every day in multiple situations just to 'fit in'. An adult, acting childlike with a toddler and then polite and mature with a doctor, and then perhaps crude and rowdy with buddies. Basically a small spin on; Don't judge a book by its cover.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/13/2015 8:30:00 AM)


    Clever mask with the muse of joy and peace. Nice work. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/13/2015 11:52:00 AM)

    Thanks for reading and your kind comments, Edward

  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/13/2015 7:07:00 AM)


    It's my pleasure, Kelly. I enjoyed translating your poem into my language, as I often share that same feeling your verse so well describe. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/13/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    I feel so inadequate, being fluent in only one language. Thanks again, Fabrizio

  • Ramesh Rai (9/13/2015 5:43:00 AM)


    Congratulations on completing 500 poems. Heart should be counted to get the face value. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/13/2015 11:56:00 AM)

    Thank you, Ramesh. Yes, the heart should be the indicator

  • Jaishree Nair (9/12/2015 7:27:00 PM)


    Congrats on completing 500 poems. It is indeed a pleasure going through your expressions. Smile marks clever imposd deceptions. Recently I had experienced this deception and it had hurt me.sad but true.Like chameleons they change colours.. Thanks (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/12/2015 11:19:00 PM)

    Thanks, Jaishree. Smiles can cover deception, and pain.

  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/12/2015 6:46:00 PM)


    it's here... http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-translation-valore-nominale-a-poem-by-kelly-kurt/

    ciao!
    Fabrizio
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/12/2015 6:11:00 PM)


    sad but true, Kelly.. as our lives do show so often a double-face.. - anyway, Congratulations! ..yet, this poem does not belong in your humor book for sure.. ;)

    P.S.: May I offer an Italian version..? :)
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/12/2015 7:09:00 PM)

    Thanks, Fabrizio. No, my humor book is just plain silly.: -)
    I would be honored to have you translate, Sir.

  • (9/12/2015 6:08:00 PM)


    The true you,
    Behind that mask,
    Another hides,
    So cleverly disguised.

    The truth seem never to escape your intuitive eyes and heart,
    That's why your poems reach so deep, become of us, a part.

    Happy 500th, and congratulations
    May you give us many more
    Of the works we so adore.
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    Sandra Feldman (9/12/2015 9:07:00 PM)

    Next time, I charge.....

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/12/2015 7:07:00 PM)

    Thank you, Sandra. Your comments make writing twice as fun

  • val Rogers (9/12/2015 5:16:00 PM)


    Hello Kelly K. CONGRATULATIONS on all of your SUCCESS. Face value is written truth. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/12/2015 5:31:00 PM)

    Thanks, Val. My greatest success is the friends here and their kindness.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 12, 2015



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