Kelly Kurt

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

Unaccountable - Poem by Kelly Kurt

I am not responsible
Are the stars responsible for shining?
A non-dimensional, infinite source of energy
Perturbed and inflated, expanded
Too hot and symmetrical to be but momentum
Cooled enough to form subatomic ‘particles’
From them, atoms were formed
And from them, all we see
All we are
Eventually, super novae seeded space with heavier elements
Nine billion years later, the Earth coalesced
Initially hostile, uninhabitable
Molecules formed and united
Simple amino acids grew
In time, proteins and
Feeding, reproducing, evolving
Single celled at first but alive
Mutations filled niches
Natural selection
Complexity increased
Nerves, spinal cords
Every cell of which, composed of the primal, frozen energy
Set into motion with determinism
A living, preprogrammed machine
Thoughts arise autonomously
Consciousness, an emergent property
Free will, a disappointing illusion
The universe itself, able to distinguish its existence
But I
I am not to blame
No credit is due me either
Not even for these words
For I, the ego that supposes itself to exist

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Comments about Unaccountable by Kelly Kurt

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/7/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    Philosophical poem with material metaphor and satire.Thought provoking poet indeed. Loved it Sir. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 1:27:00 PM)

    No satire was intended, Mohammed. This is a poetic version of theories I consider. Theory, by definition, is not an ultimate description of empirical fact, but evidence that based on current understanding, best describes a problem.

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  • Akhtar Jawad (11/7/2015 8:12:00 AM)

    The question arises whether all that has been stated in the theory was merely an accident, or someone planned it and materialized his plan. Why most of universe is unsuitable for life that we know? If someone planned it then we are constrained to think that our life is a bye product. If our life is a bye product what's the main product. Are we passing through the process of manufacturing, if so shall we be born once again on this planet or elsewhere. I expect another poem clarifying all that from the great philosopher poet Kelly Kurt. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 1:17:00 PM)

    As you might have guessed, I'm an atheist. I do not, however, claim to know any truths. Several theories of our universe's genesis are dominating current thought. The literal 'big bang' is losing some ground to various multiverse ideas where we are a bubble, pinched off of another universe or vacuum energy fluctuation and others equally too difficult to explain in this format and forum. In the physics used to describe the processes, it is a no no to invoke infinities, and the idea of an eternal creator is one form of that problem. I do believe that we are indeed a byproduct of space-time evolution and that so far, the only conscious, intelligent one known. Given the unfathomable expanses of our universe, let alone a vastly larger multiverse, to make any claims of certitude on any matter, especial those involving extraterrestrial life or nontangibles like thought, free will, etc... is at best, unscientific and at worst, foolish.

  • Jaishree Nair (11/7/2015 5:47:00 AM)

    Evolution with all its complexities in a nut shell.A unique drop.well worded. Thanks for yet another masterpiece (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 12:53:00 PM)

    Evolution, in a similar sense, occurs in more than just biological life forms.
    Thanks, Jaishree

  • Souren Mondal (11/7/2015 5:36:00 AM)

    Nine billion? ? I thought the world was only six thousand years old! !

    A brilliant poem Kelly.. Thank you..
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    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 12:51:00 PM)

    : -) Actually the Earth is apprx.4.5 billion. The universe we inhabit is 13.72, meaning the Earth formed 9 billion years after the universe. I have socks that are older than six thousand.: -)

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/7/2015 4:29:00 AM)

    Set into motion with determinism this is definitely a fantastic poem composed and share here. Wise sharing.10 (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 12:48:00 PM)

    Thank you, Kumarmani. I do have a problem resolving whether consciousness can influence the deterministic outcome

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/7/2015 3:03:00 AM)

    I, Me, My and Mine, where do they exist? Within the human body? Organs? Tissues? Compounds? Elements? It's only an illusion that the mind, which is resulting from conscience, presents; yet non-existent. This being one of the 3 great characteristics of matter, Anathma, as Lord Buddha discoursed so. Your narrowing down of Universe to ultimate energy level, as Newton's e=mc2 depicts, is fantastic. Great philosophical write. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 4:21:00 AM)

    The thoughts that arise independently in my brain are a pure matter of causality. A physical manifestation of processes not under my control. The universe is an awesome thing but it is heartless
    Thanks, Jayatissa

  • (11/7/2015 2:46:00 AM)

    billions of years written into your poem
    we are as we are made
    no credit and no blame
    thanks Kelly-10
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    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 4:16:00 AM)

    I am billions of years old, yet not sovereign. The artifice of free will taunts me

  • Rajnish Manga (11/7/2015 2:17:00 AM)

    You have cleverly put across the idea about universe and about how life and culture evolved on this planet right from a single cell and then 'Complexity increased, Nerves, spinal cords, Brains! ' energy, thoughts, consciousness and the rise of free will. But the travesty of this all is reflected in these simple words: But I.... I am not to blame. Thanks. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 4:12:00 AM)

    I had no say about where or when I was born, let alone what collection of atoms (my body) I would assume. Nothing more than a rock, tree or snail, but with sentience.

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/7/2015 1:36:00 AM)

    Copernicus, Galileo & Kurt...Sounds more like a Personal Injury Law Firm! Who'd've know that only 4 centuries later that the latter(mild tongue twisting here) of the 3 would be a polished scribe of the silent word, and perhaps could have been the inventor of Telescopic verse? ~Enjoyed this much, I always do whenever I slide by and make an instant pit-spot on one of your myriad of pen-gems! ~Frank~ (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (11/7/2015 4:07:00 AM)

    Thank you, Frank. I can't help but be disappointed in the fact that who I am, isn't. When I die, the cause of my illusory consciousness will cease and so will my awareness of it

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