Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 193,815 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Triumph Of The Absurd (With Thanks To Sandra Feldman.) - - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Great thinkers of our day, in their subjugation
Of disease, ignorance and the laws of nature
Plumb the extent of human reach
Behind the curtain of anonymity
With insufficient recompense

Peace-makers and philanthropists
The unselfish and caring attendants of humanity
Tireless and unacknowledged
Carry on in obscurity
Under our noses

Chroniclers of civilization and culture
Squeezing blood from graphite
To detail in an elevated tongue
The impressions most cannot articulate
Languish in privation and unimportance

Self-important socialites dominate the headlines
The rude, blue and witless garner the attention and wealth
Those that can’t, don’t, and still prosper
The shallow and mindless feed this folly
Triumph of the absurd

Topic(s) of this poem: hope, human nature, thought, life, love, memory, nature, philosophical , social comment, society


Poet's Notes about The Poem

In her unselfish and witty gifts of commentary, Sandra inspired the title of the piece. Thanks to her!

Comments about Triumph Of The Absurd (With Thanks To Sandra Feldman.) - by Kelly Kurt

  • Mike Smith (5/3/2016 11:47:00 PM)


    Just one word in response: Kardashian
    Think you could have used that as a title too
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (5/4/2016 1:41:00 AM)

    The last verse definitely applied to them

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  • David Wood (1/3/2016 2:58:00 PM)


    I totally agree with Sandra's comments below and your poem above. Over here celebrity rules, An actor plays the part of a famous hero and gets a medal for playing the part as if they are the hero while true hero's like those who give up a career to look after a disabled partner for decades gets sod all recognition. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (1/3/2016 5:42:00 PM)

    The wealth that is garnered, flaunted and selfishly wasted by those who don't 'earn' it is beyond absurd to in a way, evil.

  • Ayman Parray (7/22/2015 1:23:00 AM)


    This is the best poem ever Kelly. Its a crime not to read it. Thank you too Sandra. it was always right there in front of me this poem. You have given words to my inner feelings and taught me much more. Every time I think you cant surprise me anymore, you just go ahead and thrill me. Thanks so much Kelly and Sandra. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (7/28/2015 10:35:00 AM)

    Wow! Such praise is truly humbling. I cannot take credit, as the words just come to me. Sandra comments so deeply and intelligently on my poems and sends wonderful emails that are poems unto themselves, and her phrase (Triumph of the absurd.) inspired this piece. The world's priorities are all screwed up and I could not help but take the title phrase and run with it.

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/28/2015 11:18:00 PM)


    Yes, this world of ours is a triumph of the absurd. It is an absurd theater more absurd than playwrights like Beckett imagined. Thanks for this marvelous piece. (10) (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (3/29/2015 12:11:00 AM)

    I shudder when I see the zombie-like following of American reality stars and the blindered zealous adoration for rappers and the social media celebrities Famous for being famous because their daddies are rich. And it isn't confined to the west. Thank you for your kind and motivational comments.

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/28/2015 11:17:00 PM)


    Self-important socialites dominate the headlines
    The rude, blue and witless garner the attention and wealth
    , Truly said
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (3/29/2015 12:02:00 AM)

    Priorities need to change. Thank you for your comments.

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/28/2015 11:14:00 PM)


    Self-important socialites dominate the headlines
    The rude, blue and witless garner the attention and wealth
    Truly said,
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  • (3/28/2015 1:57:00 PM)


    A true and complete picture of our Times!
    AMAZING!
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (3/28/2015 8:55:00 PM)

    You are too kind.

  • (3/28/2015 1:54:00 PM)


    In an upside down world,
    Poets denounce the absurd,
    Hope your sage words
    Are by everyone heard.

    So totally delighted with this poem, I will not try to mess it up with round about phrases of praise.
    I just want to say that how you have presented the absurdity of the world today could not have been better said.
    You have magically encircled the grave social maladies of our Times. A poem for All to read and remember!

    ....Those that can't don't and still prosper.... Amazing line, perhaps summarizing it all.
    All my gratitude for your mention of me in this extraordinary piece, I am truly honored and thrilled.
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (3/28/2015 8:53:00 PM)

    When I read the title line in a comment from you, the poem wrote its self. Thank you for your gracious words!

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015


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