Kelly Kurt

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

I Was Wrong - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Part of a conversation, I spoke
My point, I thought, was valid
Politely, I was allowed to finish
When it was my turn to listen
A coherent rebuttal was offered
Evidence was provided, experts cited
A check of internet sources confirmed
I was not just mistaken, I was wrong
Embarrassment surfaced, but was fleeting
Quickly replaced with gratitude
I learned, I grew

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have a love/hate relationship with being wrong. : -)

Comments about I Was Wrong by Kelly Kurt

  • (6/26/2017 11:04:00 PM)


    It takes an honest, generous character to admit your mistake. A poem
    true to social interaction.
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  • (1/19/2017 10:52:00 PM)


    Isn't experience wonderful, specially when it teaches us that we were wrong, very humbling. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/23/2017 1:46:00 PM)

    ~I want to be right as often as I can and wrong as infrequently as possible. Working towards that goal is... a learning experience.

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/23/2017 1:45:00 PM)

    I want to be right as often as I can and wrong as infrequently as possible. Working towards that goal is... a learning experience.

  • Mike Griffith (9/15/2016 6:38:00 PM)


    I really appreciate this poem - and after reading it I reflected back to a time in my childhood when I was so certain I was right about something that I made a scene, only to learn later that I was completely wrong. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/16/2016 1:13:00 PM)

    That is always a learning experience, that if appreciated, can change ones life

  • Seamus O' Brian (9/8/2016 9:14:00 AM)


    I tell my children that you can never know a person unless you marry them, employ them, or oppose them. Try to do the latter before either of the former. Thank you, I enjoy your work. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/8/2016 2:48:00 PM)

    Some profound advice (Experiential to at least some degree, I assume)
    Thank you, Sir

  • Spock The Vegan (1/26/2016 1:27:00 PM)


    it takes a big man to admit he was wrong. I was wrong once when about 12: I thought I was wrong about something, but I was mistaken. Ha, Ha, just kidding.: -) Actually I have been wrong many times (just ask my wife.) : -) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/26/2016 6:53:00 PM)

    Few are shown to be wrong more often than husbands.: -)

  • Dimitrios Galanis (1/22/2016 5:28:00 PM)


    ''Ego can be a heavy weight around one's neck.'' You are a poet even when commenting.// I'll try to translate this one too.Although I fear in greek may not sound as marvellous.In that case I do not publish it. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 9:40:00 PM)

    I am sure your efforts will be good. Thanks

  • Pamela Sinicrope (1/22/2016 1:31:00 PM)


    Very good point about ego being a heavy weight. When you let go over your ego and desire to prove YOUR point, it is much easier to listen and appreciate what the other person has to say. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 2:58:00 PM)

    The truth will always make everyone a winner. I am an avid listener

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/22/2016 12:42:00 PM)


    Very amazing, expressive and wise sharing that speaks about life from inside.10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 12:48:00 PM)

    I am sure that I will be wrong again. I only hope that I will be corrected again as well

  • Brian Mayo (1/22/2016 10:18:00 AM)


    I wish more people could admit when they've made an error. It seems to be a receding human trait.
    Terrific poem- -succinct, eloquent, instructional.
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 12:40:00 PM)

    We all know how foolish it looks when someone, out of sheer stubbornness, clings to a belief that is substantially, evidentially and logically proven false. I don't ever want to be that person.

  • Pamela Sinicrope (1/22/2016 8:24:00 AM)


    I'm sharing this on my FB today! This is such an eloquent offering of what happens when you engage in a conversation with someone and are willing to actually listen, take it in, and then SHOCK, accept maybe you are wrong, deal with it, even appreciate it, and then move on. It happens to me all the time. I'm surrounded by allot of BRILLIANT people, or even just thoughtful people and I am so grateful for that. I remember when I first got started in my career, I was so worried about being right all the time, then as time progressed, I realized that its OK to be wrong, its OK when you don't know something, you just figure it out. That's progress. That's human connection and sharing of ideas and intelligence, and appreciating what others have to offer. On and on...you struck a chord in me. I love this incisive poem. So ELOQUENT. Kelly...you're good at this! :) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 12:38:00 PM)

    Thanks, Pam. I like to write about direct daily experiences and just the other day, with a friend 35 years my junior, I was corrected and given evidence to substantiate his claim. My evidence was outdated and so I was wrong. Now, I can use and pass on the most accurate knowledge available instead of misinforming. It is tempting, while in a conversation, to think during the duration of another speakers thoughts, of what you want to say next, instead of listening to the point he or she is trying to make, before considering a response. Ego can be a heavy weight around one's neck.

  • Valsa George (1/22/2016 1:16:00 AM)


    Sometimes such things happen! We stick to our convictions...... Later when enough proof is produced, we understand that we are not only mistaken but is absolutely wrong! Though initially we might feel some embarrassment, soon we find ourselves to be happy at the new enlightenment! To err is human... but willing to be corrected is divine! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 2:19:00 AM)

    Among my circle, I am respected for my diverse and often comprehensive knowledge. All the more so when I am willing to be corrected and thereby improve

  • (1/22/2016 12:48:00 AM)


    said 'bye' to what was wrong,
    moved on
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 2:17:00 AM)

    Always willing to learn and move forward

  • Aarzoo Mehek (1/22/2016 12:23:00 AM)


    Mistakes helps us grow in life... Only a heart filled with gratitude can accept the mistakes gracefully. Very nice thoughts. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/22/2016 2:16:00 AM)

    I want to be as sure as I can be about everything I believe or think I understand. Being wrong is only a bad thing if you refuse to accept clear evidence and change your thoughts

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 22, 2016



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