Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 210,665 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Raw Talent - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Five, diverse young men formed a band
One with dreadlocks down to his waist
Another, a clean-cut banjo player
A new age hippie
A lanky, tousled, guitar man
And a rock drummer
With little, musically, in common
Raw talent and amity united them
A fusion of reggae, rock, country and bluegrass
An ineffable quality and passion
And me, two and a half times their elder
Received as a friend and welcomed to listen
Raw talent not confined to harmony of music
But the raw talent of open-minded, accepting youth
Harmonizing with all as brothers

Topic(s) of this poem: talent, brother, life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have known this group of early 20s, young men for a while now. It was never out of the question for me to associate with people different than I, but we became fast friends. They occasionally practice in the chapel upstairs and last night they were excellent. It is gratifying to know that (most of) today’s youth have respect for everyone and that wonderful music, both literally and metaphorically, can arise from this.

Comments about Raw Talent by Kelly Kurt

  • Mike Smith (3/6/2016 10:29:00 PM)

    These hippies sound familiar. It's as if I've met them before.
    You are right in all you say here Kelly. The guys have great talent and although their musical commonalities may be few, they are united by a great friendship and a great ability to accept the world (and those they encounter in it) with an openness. I had my guess on what this title might have hidden behind it when I stumbled by it. And my suspicion turned out true.
    Rejoice for Pete's Sake
    My favorite collection of Baked Crackers
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    Kelly Kurt (3/7/2016 12:32:00 AM)

    Six months later, all has been reinforced. Along with you and the various regulars here, my life has expanded. Stupid life! : -)

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  • (9/9/2015 11:55:00 PM)

    Creativity and friendship bear no age, they are understood and welcomed by ones degree of humanity.
    Nice and original work.
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    Kelly Kurt (9/10/2015 11:07:00 AM)

    Thank you, Sandra. I enjoying 'bridging' the generation gap

  • Amitava Sur (9/9/2015 8:58:00 PM)

    Good heart does not get arrested or roped in by any age. Aging happens with mind only. Good to hear that you could mix and enjoy with those young group with their up coming talent (maybe raw) . But you have endeared them and they too in exchange...... Very nice. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/9/2015 11:35:00 PM)

    Thank you, Amitava. I enjoy diversity in friendships

  • David Wood (9/6/2015 7:00:00 AM)

    How very true, but we oldies have also to be able to associate with younger people. Many over here go to Age Concern and play bingo with their own age group. Good ink (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/6/2015 10:33:00 AM)

    Thanks, David.
    I have found that my friends are either my age and older, or considerably younger.

  • Jaishree Nair (9/6/2015 4:13:00 AM)

    Raw talent can be groomed and polished with time but only a good heart can have the mind to listen to their debut and encourage their venture.Appreciate your kindness. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/6/2015 10:34:00 AM)

    Thanks, Jaishree. I think that I get as much from our friendship as they do.

  • Akhtar Jawad (9/6/2015 3:42:00 AM)

    But the raw talent of open-minded, accepting youth
    Harmonizing with all as brothers.
    It was wonderful by the group and you, too!
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    Kelly Kurt (9/6/2015 10:35:00 AM)

    Thank you, Akhtar. Their music is wonderful

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/6/2015 12:26:00 AM)

    Very well thought poem. Acceptance is key o success............Liked your poem very much...........10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/6/2015 10:36:00 AM)

    Thank you, Mohammed. Respect and acceptance should be a given

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 5, 2015

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