Kelly Kurt

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

I Forgot To Breathe - Poem by Kelly Kurt

The stereo was on as I sat down to write
I had more ideas than in the last five days combined
After just a few clumsy pecks on the keyboard
A song from my youth came on
My fingers came to an abrupt halt
As the melody and lyrics transfixed me
Time stood still
No, it was in retrograde
I don’t remember anything else
Except, as it ended, I roused with a gasp
I forgot to breathe

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


Comments about I Forgot To Breathe by Kelly Kurt

  • Ramesh Rai (8/11/2017 5:34:00 PM)


    Writing is such a skill when the writer forgets to breathe and with his each breath he feels the fragrance of his words. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (7/27/2017 6:43:00 PM)


    This is a tactile poem which shows the power of memory to persist over time. What is remarkable is the power of memory has not diminished over time, it is perhaps even more powerful as time as has invested such authority
    to this memory embedded in an old song that it suspends the present moment as the past moment parades past your rapt attention. For a moment your consciousness entered a spiritual zone where even breathing was suspended to the visionary moment.
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  • Cheryl Tutaan (5/15/2017 1:17:00 PM)


    A delightful to read...It just made me smile 😊 Thank you for sharing, Kelly... +++++10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (5/21/2017 11:10:00 AM)

    Thank you, Cheryl

  • (4/19/2017 2:05:00 PM)


    I can't help but wonder what the music was. For me it would probably be a Mahler symphony. No, from my youth it would be Hank Williams or Ernest Tubb. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (4/20/2017 12:19:00 PM)

    It happens often, usually with a top 40 song from the 60s

  • Daniel Jones (3/24/2017 3:23:00 PM)


    ahh yes music the moment holdar, the time traveller, beautiful poem Kelly, loved reading, Thank you (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (3/27/2017 12:34:00 PM)

    Thanks, Daniel. A universal experience is much easier to write about, even if it was personal and subjective

  • (1/19/2017 10:48:00 PM)


    I know the feeling, I enjoyed reading this. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/23/2017 1:47:00 PM)

    Thank you, Luz, you are too kind.

  • (12/21/2016 10:02:00 PM)


    We should pay closest attention to the things that leave us breathless, there is great depth in their meanings. (Report) Reply

  • Rebecca Navarre (11/5/2016 9:17:00 PM)


    Oh! COOL! ! ! ! How Wonderful Sounding! ! ! Very Moving And Beautiful! ! !
    Thank You For Sharing! ! ! ! ! ! 10++++++
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (11/7/2016 12:46:00 PM)

    Thank you, Rebecca.

  • The Pedestrian (10/16/2016 9:13:00 PM)

    I Forgot To Breathe
    Music - the great reminder! (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2016 5:22:00 PM)


    A mesmerizing poem with a memorable last line. Thank you for sharing this very well written poem about the power of music to transcend us. A Big 10! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/4/2016 8:33:00 PM)

    Thank you, Richard. I had wanted to write this poem many times before I actually did.

  • (9/6/2016 9:29:00 PM)


    Once in the ER, I had on a heartbeat monitor (pesky things, but not as bad as those IV's,
    but I digress..) And suddenly I saw something that fascinated me, and as I got busy
    trying to figure out this new piece of equipment, out in the hall, out of the corner of my
    eye I saw the heart rate indicator falling and falling, as if it would go to zero. Such was the
    power of concentration. I wasn't attempting to do anything to my heat rate, it was a side
    effect. Yes forgetting to breath can be astonishing {for as long as it lasts.} Hopefully not
    TOO long.
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/6/2016 11:37:00 PM)

    Sunsets, clear nights and butterflies are among other things that elicit this phenomenon. : -) Thanks, Patti

  • (9/3/2016 1:37:00 AM)


    I roused with a gasp
    I forgot to breath.. strong lines. Nice poem.
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/3/2016 2:29:00 AM)

    Thank you, Lakshmi. Many people seem to experience the same thing

  • (9/2/2016 1:33:00 AM)


    Nicely written.. Grateful to come across ur art.. Thank u.. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/3/2016 2:28:00 AM)

    I am always happy when someone new reads. Thank you, Ipseeta

  • (8/29/2016 8:23:00 PM)


    Yes, yes yes...and after such a moment, each breath seems fresher, lighter, softer...Thank you for this lovely poem. I've added some new work. Hope you have a moment to read. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/29/2016 8:56:00 PM)

    thank you, Nance. I will check in

  • (8/29/2016 4:48:00 PM)


    Yes, a song can bring old memories. Nice poem! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/29/2016 5:55:00 PM)

    Thank you, Luz. That's one reason why I listen to oldies stations

  • Raiven Moore (8/24/2016 1:20:00 AM)


    I know how that is.. then you do gasp a little and realise how much it transports you out of your realm and into another.. maybe one above the one we have already to a higher state where we don't need to breathe a little like going back many eons to where we first came from... who knows... :) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/24/2016 1:52:00 AM)

    Yes. For all I know, I may have stopped breathing for many minutes. Thanks, Raiven

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (8/19/2016 7:16:00 PM)


    You too...how lovely! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/19/2016 8:07:00 PM)

    I can get completely enraptured by music

  • (8/17/2016 7:46:00 PM)


    Very inspirational. I am learning so much just from reading your work. Dare I add a smiley face :) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/17/2016 10:25:00 PM)

    The smiley face is a nice touch. Thank you, Sister

  • Raj Arumugam (8/7/2016 7:09:00 AM)


    lovely and rhythmic account of a creative moment (as I see it) , Kelly...a delight to read... (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/7/2016 1:12:00 PM)

    Your interpretation is correct and your comment much appreciated

  • Elena Sandu (7/29/2016 10:45:00 PM)


    Powerful statement of creation! Yes, those moments when everything comes into place and all we need that moment is nothing but to catch the images or thoughts and align them. To me it happens also when I read a good poem, regained my breathe, and here I am thanking you for sharing! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (7/29/2016 11:15:00 PM)

    I get those moments also when receiving lovely comments like yours. Thanks, Elena

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015


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