Kelly Kurt

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

Societal Glasses - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Our surroundings are familiar, comfortable
We feel an assurance of normalcy
This is how life is
It’s natural to crave possessions
It’s conventional to disregard the aged
It’s typical to watch football on Sunday
To waste without thought
To feel entitled
Be blindly patriotic
Somehow we forget that we’re less than the whole
We wear societally prescribed glasses
Seeing things with self-centered eyes
Deliberately or unintentionally
Ignoring the rest of the world
Assuming that all others are
Or should be just like us
Believing that entire cultures and countries
Are the narrowly portrayed stereotypes we’re fed
Open minds require unencumbered eyes

Topic(s) of this poem: life, social, social comment

Comments about Societal Glasses by Kelly Kurt

  • Michael Walkerjohn (9/26/2015 8:03:00 AM)

    Aloha Kelly...

    I find myself with a moment of space this am... thanks to some erratic engineering work within the project IAM currently assigned to... and I read a bit when I can... and write a bit when I will... as I read I feel for similarity... of conscience and for a more profound grasp of consciousness... bingo... whether it be in your backyard or in a brick yard or barn yard or bard hoard... the attitude and mindset you write of in this post is such... only it does seem that those of US on a worldwide basis with a bit more scratch than our contemporaries... take themselves so smugly serious in this 'learned' endeavor... I cannot go there with the line of thought that it is natural to crave possessions... My question is this: What is it exactly, that you as an individual, bring to this 'party', from the get-go? Nada, zip, zilch, zero... So, we are accepting as 'natural'... some faux and fallacious teachings... going along with the herd, just a simple member of the flock, an individual without a clue, lacking common sense... In the greater American society the discussions are most always in the wiles of 'belles' and or 'balls'... short, silly sound bites of scat which amount to what they are... miles and miles of little brown piles... what a waste... the 'educational system', the one in which men such as you and I paddled through and took with a grain of salt... it being secondary to those 'belles' and 'balls'... and we then, bathed in ignorance... began to crap all over this planet... I must include the both of US in the continuation of the problem my brother... fore we are still yet the bigger part of this dilemma... we take no concrete action to bring about change... our word works in this subject are somewhat truthful and on point... yet our talk is still that cheap stuff, of hot air and inaction... and as this globe still turns we loosely and casually let it, whatever torch we light, gingerly pass on to the next generation and we go play a round of golf! Some teachers are we! Now this blindly patriotic mess... as a matter of numbers it should be irrelevant... but that scratch thing makes it all of the news... Five Billion Dollars to be spent on one presidential election cycle? talk about waste without thought! or is this just those neo-conned kowtowing to their masters and making the best of tens of decades of planning in progress? The scenario you are presenting is exactly how Alex Hamilton considered it to be... back in the day... the people as a beast... and this is how 'those' they' have played US... it is all a game of numbers my friend... and the majority of those numbers are played so easily... just re-read your comments to this post... you will surely understand the analogy between the above and the below... It is so much fun to pun! I do have a real good thought or two out of your words... If I may:

    Our comfortable normalcy
    unique conformity, surreal dormancy
    assurance of just how our life is...
    conventional disregard, typical too
    waste without thought, what a bunch of sots!
    entitled, fore real! US, all the deal and entitlements snoot
    and so patriotic, cause on the ground
    there will be no more boots...
    unless you are a down and out blind fool!
    Individuality preached, is profits shine
    you are meant to rule ober land, well, and vine
    above the mass of those 'little people'; sheeple!
    wearing those rose tinted readers
    putting down those non-pink skin breeders
    self-centered deliberately or just plain stupid!
    ignorant to the few rules that apply to humanity
    applauding that rube 'Hannity', espousing vanity
    assuming that the rest of the all of US
    should be like US and trust in US without all the fuss!
    Is this caused by the waters we drink?
    or is it what we are fed is that tasty Soylent Green!
    All minds say aye?

    Thanks my brother for the pre-dawn drift over troubled waters... All of the best from this life, to you, and all of your relations... Michaelw1two
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    Kelly Kurt (9/26/2015 11:16:00 AM)

    Without a doubt, the most open-minded, well thought through, honest and intelligent (not to mention longest) comment I have received. I will be the first to admit that I put a match to the torch but do very little to carry it. I spread my philosophy by my lifestyle and to everyone I meet but do not actively make changes in the world. For this, I am ashamed. I love my planet and everyone on it. I respect individuality and every human's right to peace and equality. I know I am not alone in this but I am among the minority and have little confidence that mankind will survive itself. Not a pessimist, a realist. That does not mean that I give up though. I have six children that I have passed my ideals on to and wish the best for our world society for their sakes. I will come back and re-read your comments and study them more. Thank you Michael.

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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/18/2015 11:51:00 PM)

    Yes. Open minds require unencumbered eyes. Both are hard to find these days. A poem with a great message. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/19/2015 12:01:00 AM)

    It is a sad truth. We each dwell in an isolated sphere and few bother to search beyond it.

  • Tapera Makadho (9/18/2015 1:30:00 PM)

    What more shall I say than to thank you for sharing
    This masterpiece and to many men of egos, there for you!
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    Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 4:30:00 PM)

    Thank you, Tapera. I appreciate your generous words

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/18/2015 7:59:00 AM)

    Somehow we forget that we’re less than the whole
    We wear societally prescribed glasses
    Seeing things with self-centered eyes.......highly speculated. Well done dear Kelly, it is a stunning poem really.........10
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    Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 12:45:00 PM)

    Thanks, Kumarmani. I grow tired of hearing my fellow countrymen speak of other places and people with no idea

  • David Wood (9/18/2015 6:08:00 AM)

    Eyes open, minds closed, brain quietly chewing gum as we plod from day to day in blindness. Good poem Kelly. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 12:43:00 PM)

    No matter where you're from, people either think that their way of life is how others live and think, or that it is the best way. There is no excuse for that kind of ignorance in today's more compact globe

  • Akhtar Jawad (9/18/2015 5:42:00 AM)

    Open minds require unencumbered eyes
    What a wonderful poem is it!
    Someone said, Put yourself into enemy's shoes so as to see things through his eyes.
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    Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 12:39:00 PM)

    Yes, in your enemy's shoes and the shoes of anyone you wish to 'judge'
    Thanks, Akhtar

  • (9/18/2015 3:01:00 AM)

    the societal glasses do produce prejudices and we do see the world as also life from a particular angle. I feel that there are 2 main approaches (1) materialistic and (2) spiritualistic approaches for this. Both are just opposite in many aspects. A cocktail of both, in ideal proportion, may offer solutions to most of the problems. In short, money(wealth/possessions) should be treated as a means and not as an end. Regards.
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    Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 12:38:00 PM)

    A very wise comment, Ratnakar. Thank you

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 18, 2015

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