Kelly Kurt

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

Programed - Poem by Kelly Kurt

From where do thoughts arise?
The conscious mind does not will a thought
The idea of willing a thought is paradoxical
A cause is required for the effect
The mind is working all the time
Narrating the events of life
Making decisions in the background
The illusion of self-governance is comforting
But choices are deterministic
Fault and credit are fallacious
We are machines

Topic(s) of this poem: life, reality, thoughts


Comments about Programed by Kelly Kurt

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/27/2015 1:17:00 PM)


    Yeah I agree and even sometimes I wonder how do these thoughts arise from where and for what, the reason and purpose is very difficult to probe on yet they do keep on coming.........Yet another thought provoking poem....I try to read between the lines in order to reach to the depth of your poems....one can interpret it within the brackets of words used and exponentially expanding it to the power of life and experience. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (10/27/2015 3:00:00 PM)

    It has been something that has troubled me for a long time. Thanks for your erudite comments, Mohammed

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  • Paul Amrod (10/27/2015 9:24:00 AM)


    Machines were mice and men were lions once upon a time; but now that it’s the opposite, it’s twice upon a time.
    A quote from the poet Moondog. I have been very determined never to be influenced by the illusion of self-governance however I am a firm believer in thinking for yourself and I would like to invite you to read my poem Self-Determination. If we allow ourselves to be constantly dictated what to do and how we go about this process we become machines. Thanks for sharing, Paul
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    Kelly Kurt (10/27/2015 2:57:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment, Paul. I'll read it

  • (10/27/2015 1:35:00 AM)


    fueled by caffeine and nicotine
    Thanks Kely-10
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    Kelly Kurt (10/27/2015 2:55:00 PM)

    : -) Don't forget alcohol. Thanks

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 26, 2015



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