Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 205,392 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Summer's Last Gasp - Poem by Kelly Kurt

September was born a week ago
Fading blooms acknowledged her nativity
The sun genuflected further south in deference
Equinox’s whisper became more strident
But summer did not want to concede
With a last gasp of impudence, it bellowed
“I shall not go quietly! ”
Pitilessly, the furnace was stoked anew
Atmosphere steeped til dripping
Inexorable frost, looming on the horizon
Theros exhaled powerfully and thundered
“Remember me! Remember me! ”

Topic(s) of this poem: life, nature, seasons, summer

Comments about Summer's Last Gasp by Kelly Kurt

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/5/2015 10:24:00 PM)

    The astronomer in you coming out with a nature song. Enjoyed. Hope you get some respite soon. It has to mellow and take you into heavy cloths soon. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 11:01:00 PM)

    Thank you, Madathil. I believe that by this time next week it will be 25 degrees cooler

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  • Daniel Brick (9/5/2015 12:45:00 PM)

    I love the language of this poem. It's vivid, powerful, original - it carries the poem triumphantly. However, I didn't get the last 5 or 6 lines. My take on the ending is that Summer increases the heat and humidity of the DOG DAYS of late summer to prove its power. I don't understand who THEROS is. But I like this poem very much. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 3:32:00 PM)

    I try not to get too esoteric, but sometimes I head that way. Theros is the Greek god of summer, who in this poem, sees that the chill of autumn is around the corner and that sweaty humans are looking forward to it. So in a last gasp of pre-autumn jealousy, he brings a heat wave so you will remember him when summer is gone. Especially in winter.

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/5/2015 3:05:00 AM)

    Beautiful depiction on nature having a glimpse on autumn and summer. Well presentation using Equinox’s whisper became more strident. Thanks for sharing. ..... 10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 10:55:00 AM)

    Although I am still sweating, I can hear fall calling. Thanks, Kumarmani

  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (9/5/2015 2:45:00 AM)

    Very nice. Every one wants the Summer to go away. Here too, it just seems exactly how you put it. - But summer did not want to concede.
    This line is superb.Equinox’s whisper became more strident.
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    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 10:54:00 AM)

    Thank you, Roop. I am tired of the heat too. The autumnal equinox will surely bring cooling

  • Pijush Biswas (9/5/2015 2:37:00 AM)

    A trying to translate summer into autumn is well depicted,
    overall the poem is very good,
    like this,
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    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 10:53:00 AM)

    I appreciate your kind words, Pijush

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/5/2015 1:50:00 AM)

    Keen observation about nature well put in the form of poem.....I liked it, Thanks for sharing.....10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 10:51:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Mohammed

  • Valsa George (9/5/2015 1:37:00 AM)

    The transition from summer to autumn is beautifully depicted! Great write! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 10:50:00 AM)

    A heat wave with high humidity has settled in here for a week, but it will be cool soon

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 5, 2015

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