Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 201,049 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Limiting Labels - Poem by Kelly Kurt

No one is born a Pakistani or an American
You are not born a Catholic or a Hindu
No elite or untouchables
No one is born as any man-made classification
We are all just born
Blank slates, unrealized potential
As soon as that symmetry is broken
With artificial categorization
All hell lets loose

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Poem # 666 : -)

Comments about Limiting Labels by Kelly Kurt

  • Kim Barney (12/11/2015 8:53:00 PM)

    I love this, Kelly! I would call you a great poet, but I know you don't like labels... (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (12/12/2015 12:08:00 AM)

    Thank you. As soon as you apply just one label, everything else is taken as secondary at best

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  • Daniel Brick (12/7/2015 8:24:00 PM)

    I recall in the 1960s the futurist Buckminster Fuller wrote a book called I AM A VERB, NOT A NOUN, He was affirming a similar point to yours in the 21st century. Nouns turn things and people in fixed entities, closed systems, no change desired or permitted. But a verb is always moving, identity is fluid, multiple, changing. the GOD concept is very noun-ish; unless it becomes a form of immanence, wherein everything is divine, everyone is a creator, every event is sacred. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (12/7/2015 8:37:00 PM)

    You are a wise and learned man, Daniel. Fluid. What I am is all the dynamics of the instant

  • Rajnish Manga (12/7/2015 11:44:00 AM)

    No elite or untouchables
    No one is born as any man-made classification
    Through this small poem you have made a very emphatic statement against our partisan ideologies and narrow-mindedness which is at the root of most of our conflicts.
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    Kelly Kurt (12/7/2015 2:50:00 PM)

    I do not like labels. So often, they pigeon-hole a person

  • Souren Mondal (12/7/2015 9:28:00 AM)

    Humans are humans.. We should know only that.. Thanks for sharing Kelly.. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (12/7/2015 2:53:00 PM)

    Even being labeled as a poet is limiting. I write poetry, I am not just a poet

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/7/2015 12:45:00 AM)

    All take birth as human being. They follow religious path for reaching their ambitions. All human beings are equals and Earth is our mother land. Very finely drafted interesting poem.10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (12/7/2015 2:54:00 PM)

    We...Humans, made up the concept of countries and religions and use those to divide

  • Life Sparkles (12/7/2015 12:39:00 AM)


    what is our true essence undefiled?
    who would know that?
    can we return to the open state?
    I believe so
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    Kelly Kurt (12/7/2015 2:55:00 PM)

    I hope so. Thanks, Mr. A

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 7, 2015

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