Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 196,555 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Fall Follies - Streetsweeping - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Louder than any other competing sound
The large orange beast roared slowly down the street
A pair of rotating brushes, hissing against the pavement
Clouds of dust, sweeping into a smokescreen
Blurring the view behind it
Out ahead, an enormous trunk hung
Clearing the curb of flotsam
A few, painstaking feet at a time
Backing up with a piercing beep
And proceeding forward for another pass
The pavement was now grey again
Sewer grates exposed for efficient draining
Roads, safe for taxpayer travel
All of twenty minutes later
A stiff gust from the west kicked up
Restoring equilibrium

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Comments about Fall Follies - Streetsweeping by Kelly Kurt

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/12/2015 5:36:00 PM)


    Clouds of dust, sweeping into a smokescreen to form wise imagery definitely restoring equilibrium life. Very fantastic composition shared with reality...10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/13/2015 12:17:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kumarmani. I like writing about real events and trying to convey a sense of reality

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  • Akhtar Jawad (11/12/2015 9:10:00 AM)


    The large orange beast roared slowly down the street
    A different poem, different in thoughts and style.
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    Kelly Kurt (11/12/2015 10:05:00 AM)

    I was just sitting in my chair writing when I heard a very loud noise. The street sweeper is like a giant vacuum cleaner on a truck. I watched for 15-20 minutes as it cleaned about 100 feet of street and gutter. After it left, a cold front swept through with gusts up to 65 mph. The streets were instantly full of leaves again

  • Edmund Strolis (11/12/2015 8:24:00 AM)


    Loud is right the day is assaulted by this colossal thing beeping, sweeping and clearing all so loud and disruptive and then silence and nature casually rearranges the pavement again. Rotating brushes hissing against the pavement..........I felt as if I were there. Excellent. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/12/2015 10:07:00 AM)

    Some county board member's relative no doubt got this job and makes a great living just slowly cruising local streets, disrupting the peace, all to have it go for naught in just a few minutes

  • (11/12/2015 1:35:00 AM)


    we put it there in the first place
    thanks Kely
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    Kelly Kurt (11/12/2015 10:08:00 AM)

    To be fair, there is also litter that it picks up

  • Liza Sudina (11/12/2015 12:05:00 AM)


    large orange beast - is nothing without fuel!
    children adore them anyway...
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    Kelly Kurt (11/12/2015 10:09:00 AM)

    As an overgrown child myself, I did enjoy watching it. : -)

  • Life Sparkles (11/12/2015)


    man's eternal battle AGAINST nature
    you ought to see me at the bottom of my hill
    with a shovel trying to move may whole 1/4 miles
    driveway back up the hill
    my neighbor goes by and always reminds
    me, nature-100prt, man-0
    but I keep doing it
    for some strange reason


    lovely insight from the city
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    Kelly Kurt (11/12/2015 10:11:00 AM)

    Nature always wins. Wind, rain, gravity. It's an uphill battle.: -)

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015



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