Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 194,042 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

I Can Promise Only This - Poem by Kelly Kurt

You can ask anything of me and I will attempt
You can tell me to smile, when grief is my shadow
You can stick me with pins and require my stillness
Take all my possessions and demand more
You can mandate the improbable and I will comply
But I can promise only this
To do my best

Topic(s) of this poem: hope, life, love, memory, nature, philosophical , trying

Comments about I Can Promise Only This by Kelly Kurt

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (11/30/2017 6:47:00 AM)

    Strong and precise, a promise most of us make but many fail to do - to do our best. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/19/2017 11:54:00 PM)

    short but powerful and speaks of hope (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/27/2017 6:27:00 PM)

    Pressures mount with all of these requests so artfully stated as if they are only poetry into the form of external actions. All of these requests could be fulfilled to the asker's satisfaction. But that's not really the point: The point is you'll do as MUCH AS YOU CAN. That's your promise: you will give them everything up the the edge of your ability. That makes this a subtle poem of integrity. Those who need favors better read these words carefully
    so they don't ask for too much.
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  • Tom Allport (7/12/2017 3:23:00 AM)

    a brilliant poem of total commitment come rain or shine with a promise that is hopefully fine? .............well written K. (Report) Reply

  • Biswajit Goswami (6/7/2017 12:16:00 PM)

    short but touched the heart (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/16/2017 12:36:00 AM)

    Very optimistic....
    Loved it
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    Kelly Kurt (4/18/2017 12:24:00 PM)

    ~Thank you, sir

  • Sofia Kioroglou (2/22/2017 5:33:00 AM)

    Short but to the point. A small gem. A great poem, Kelly! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (3/2/2017 1:03:00 PM)

    Thanks, Sofia. It is good to hear from you

  • Bri Edwards (1/9/2017 9:18:00 PM)

    i REFUSE TO LOOK FARTHER/further for any previous comment by me! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    i'm waiting for at least one more word to appear in line #1.

    comply sounds too strong where it is used. maybe another attempt is in order.

    exactly what is 'your' best? ?

    bri :)

    i'll look for your best in one or two more poems.
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    Kelly Kurt (1/17/2017 1:05:00 PM)

    My best is becoming less each passing year : -)

  • (12/10/2016 4:54:00 PM)

    I Can Promise Only This
    A great poem on a fundamental truth. Sometimes our values are not as clear. I like the way it speaks of honesty from the heart. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (12/12/2016 2:11:00 PM)

    Thank you, Sarah. I try to pass this philosophy on to all.

  • (11/6/2016 9:21:00 AM)

    good message Kelly...doing ones best (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2016 12:44:00 PM)

    I try to pass it on to my 6 children and all my loved ones

  • Godfrey Morris (11/4/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    Thought provoking. In everything we can do our best, and in most circumstances our best will be good enough. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2016 12:44:00 PM)

    My best sometimes still ends in failure, but I never have to doubt that I tried.

  • Chan Mongol (10/25/2016 5:06:00 PM)

    This is a very special poem. The poem says that aggressors or inquirers may demand or ask so many personal affairs in various ways but we only can try to give them answers. Our answers are also various. Sure, we should and we have to give proper answer however and in whatever we can. I love this poem and many thanks to the honorable Poet for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (10/25/2016 7:13:00 PM)

    Thank you, Chan. You have understood my intent and done me a great honor.

  • Ellias Anderson Jr. (9/20/2016 12:16:00 PM)

    What a beautiful verse, richness in abridgment...doing the best does it all..

    Thanks for sharing, dear Kelly.
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    Kelly Kurt (10/2/2016 1:19:00 PM)

    Thank you, Ellias. I wish more people honestly tried their best

  • Simone Inez Harriman (9/17/2016 6:40:00 PM)

    Absolutely for the best outcome is better than worst it can get under circumstances. I guess trying times are for trying.

    Thank you Kelly.
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    Kelly Kurt (10/2/2016 1:15:00 PM)

    Thanks, Simone. Nicely stated

  • Tate Blackman (9/12/2016 7:33:00 PM)

    That is very good, I absolutely love it. Good job. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/12/2016 9:00:00 PM)

    Thank you, Tate. This has long been a favorite of mine

  • Mizzy ........ (8/21/2016 4:46:00 PM)

    I like the message you portray Kurt......Nicely written. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (8/21/2016 8:53:00 PM)

    Thank you, Mizzy. I try to pass this on to my kids and loved ones

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (8/19/2016 7:15:00 PM)

    A lovely verse! My heart has ears!

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    Kelly Kurt (8/19/2016 8:09:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful comment. Thank you, Dorothy

  • Rukesh Yadav (8/7/2016 10:00:00 AM)

    honest and beautiful..! ! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (8/7/2016 1:05:00 PM)

    I appreciate your comment, Rukesh

  • Raj Arumugam (8/7/2016 7:08:00 AM)

    very meaningful lines, Kelly...they work on one's imagination and heart (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (8/7/2016 1:14:00 PM)

    Thank you, Raj. It is a promise that I always keep

  • Rose Kanana (8/5/2016 2:58:00 PM)

    Brevity in style but a deep message it has Kelly. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (8/5/2016 6:25:00 PM)

    Thank you, Rose. It is my sincere philosophy.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015

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