Kelly Kurt

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

In A Jar By The Door - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Everyday interactions
Playing the role of yourself
As written by the ego
The ‘real' you is constrained
Between your ears, your synapses
Often muted
Fragments surface to mindfulness
Subliminally ignored unless overruled
Subconsciously, this manifests obliquely
In poetry
A free-association
A free look behind the mask

Topic(s) of this poem: life, self


Comments about In A Jar By The Door by Kelly Kurt

  • Bri Edwards (8/26/2016 10:12:00 PM)


    and all this time i thought that was a spittoon. :)
    bri
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  • Bri Edwards (8/26/2016 10:12:00 PM)


    i lost most of my synapses years ago, but i did view parts of some comments, below.

    i do restrain my true self at times. someone's got to do it.

    i'm not understanding the reference to ego.

    poetry DOES allow one to show some sides of her/his self which are sometimes or often hidden. but we poets can deny that our poems are about us! yay! or at least not come right out and admit it if asked.

    bri ;)
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (8/26/2016 10:30:00 PM)

    All of my poems are about you, Bri. : -)

  • Dimitrios Galanis (2/1/2016 5:29:00 PM)


    Another aspect behind ''Our own walls'', walls of ours, of theirs, real, thought, imagined, forged by us by others...Who am I as you put it in another one. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (2/1/2016 8:15:00 PM)

    Who I am is closely related to what I write

  • Wes Vogler (1/30/2016 10:37:00 PM)


    Much too sophisticated for me.. I shall have to settle for just being a clever old rascal ta (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/31/2016 1:48:00 AM)

    People are often told to: Just be yourself But many people have no idea who that is. What they present in public and even in relationships is a version of themselves crafted for each situation. What they want to be seen as. This can vary with the 'audience'.

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (1/30/2016 3:10:00 AM)


    Absolutely! Who is the one who can discover oneself totally, independently? Its only bits and pieces any one does, if at all, using some of the skills one possesses. In this regard, poetry plays a very unique role, a feature which is common to almost all poets. Very much thought provoking poem and depth is immense, in my view. Thanks very much Kelly for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/30/2016 12:23:00 PM)

    Thank you, sir. Inspired by a Simon and Garfunkel song

  • Rajnish Manga (1/30/2016 2:16:00 AM)


    Our real self manifests itself at times though, it is overshadowed by so many other things in life. Thanks for such a meaningful composition. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/30/2016 2:41:00 AM)

    Are we ever truly ourselves?

  • Edmund Strolis (1/30/2016 1:37:00 AM)


    A philosophical poem that one could write a book on, ego, self, conscious and conscience, the social creature, the being that struggles with instinctual contradictions that we are aware of in our hard drive. Shelter, status, attraction, repulsion, fear, status, survival, purpose. The being under duress, the being under stress, the being that is aware of self and does not get swept up in the culture or the madness of a mob. Self-awareness, self-improvement. Nature or nurture or maybe a bit something else too.....the something that makes you, you. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/30/2016 2:42:00 AM)

    The you that only you will know

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016



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