Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 212,071 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Head Of A Pin - Poem by Kelly Kurt

It could happen at any time
In the distant past, a bottleneck
Ten thousand pairs sustained
Exponential growth bolstered
Dark Age plagues reduced harshly
Warring through time degraded
Button push now could purge
Annihilations of species have been environmental
Ice ages, volcanism, impact winters
Average extinction rates for mammals is fleeting
In geological time
As little as one million years
No species has yet been responsible for its own demise
Natural selection has enhanced
A comet could strike
Super volcanoes could obliterate
But I could win the lottery too
Eventually, the sun will consume
By then, either we will have grown up, wised up
Spread throughout the galaxy
Or destroyed ourselves long before
Whether incrementally, selfishly, devastating our environment
Or in one fell swoop, a maniacal conflagration
If self-inflicted, the Earth will be better off
Rid of a provisional parasite
It is up to us

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is in response to Bri Edwards' new monthly poem topic challenge. This month's topic is: The extinction of Mankind.

Comments about Head Of A Pin by Kelly Kurt

  • Bri Edwards (11/13/2015 10:44:00 PM)

    OR mankind may still be 'here', even thriving, when the Sun or some other cosmic force wreaks havoc on the Earth aka total destruction of the planet or at least some of its occupants.

    thanks for meeting the challenge to write about Mankind's extinction for your first poem for my/our November, Section B, a showcase for PH poets, which is to be found at the end of my first page of listed poems (or thereabouts) .

    you sound like a well-read science buff***

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    i have just enough time to get this into showcase tonight. bri :)
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    Kelly Kurt (11/14/2015 10:23:00 AM)

    Thanks, Bri. If I was naked and orange, would I be a buff, buff science buff? : -)

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  • Ayman Parray (11/11/2015 2:29:00 PM)

    I agree with you. We will in high probability self destruct ourselves. Our preservation or destruction completely depends on us. An extinction level event similar to the one that happened to the dinosaurs, is highly unlikely to erase us from the planet for various reasons. Such as we are highly evolved than them and are hot blooded etc. Aliens if they exist at best will try to use us as a slave force, there might be genocide at their hands, erasure of major population centers to control the rest but that is not an extinction level event. So your argument is definitely the best........ Very well written too (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/11/2015 3:45:00 PM)

    Thanks, Ayman. I assume that if alien races exist, a good percentage of them wipe out their civilization too

  • (11/10/2015 2:02:00 AM)

    Darwin will be proven wrong
    we will self destruct and forever gone
    Thanks Kelly
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    Kelly Kurt (11/10/2015 11:10:00 AM)

    We are balanced on the head of a pin. When we fall, it will be because we have not evoved

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (11/9/2015 11:13:00 PM)

    Good response to the poem topic challenge. Did you win? Wish you all the best. Now to the extinction of mankind - who will remain there to witness it? Something ought to be there to validate the extinction - otherwise, the extinction comes to naught. If there is a witnessing intelligence, will it not suffice for us to recognize that it is very much us? Of course, not as a particular species, I admit. But we need now to think beyond species boundaries. (10) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/10/2015 12:23:00 AM)

    It is a fun thing for poets to do non competitively to see how forms vary.
    Perhaps some benign alien race is just waiting for us to eliminate ourselves so they can come settle here.: -)

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/9/2015 10:28:00 PM)

    Very true, Nicely written...........Liked it. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/10/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    Thanks, Mohammed. It was interesting to write

  • Souren Mondal (11/9/2015 8:12:00 PM)

    Although my knowledge of science is quite pathetic, I find this poem a brilliant one Kelly.. The dinosaurs, agruably, went down with comets. I guess not many species survived the ice age (dunce about these things, so forgive me if I am wrong) .. And human beings came around as the 'superior' species due to bothe adaptation and evolution.. But the 'homo sapiens' have done so much damage to this wonderful planet in such a goddamn 'little time' (a few hundred years since the Industrial Revolutions?) that it just makes me feel saddened.. We are not only 'screwing' ourselves up, but making a GOOD contribution towards the extinction of other species... All that, while being the most 'superior' amongst all living organisms in Earth...

    Thank you for this wonderful poem Kelly.. Loved it..
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    Souren Mondal (11/10/2015 2:34:00 AM)

    I agree with you Kelly. The worst thing would be fact that we will not go down ourselves but take other species down too.... A great poem again.. Thank you...

    Kelly Kurt (11/10/2015 12:28:00 AM)

    The extinction of mega fauna has been linked to us and ever since, we have continued to wipe out species. I am almost certain that it will eventually culminate with our end

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/9/2015 4:07:00 PM)

    Average extinction rates for mammals is fleeting
    In geological time...You have carefully observed different ages to draft such an amazing anthropological poem which is very deep in expression. Interesting sharing...10
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    Kelly Kurt (11/9/2015 7:27:00 PM)

    Thanks. It is of course just an opinion and a poem

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 9, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 14, 2015

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