Kelly Kurt

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

Who Am I? - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Who am I?
What am I?
An organism?
An anachronism?
A fantasy?
A completely insane combination of quarks, atoms, cells
And ever increasingly complicated arrangements of matter
Giving way to a sense of self?
A piece of a whole?
An independent entity?
A brief whisper?
An Omni temporal nonpareil?
Did I emerge from a reality that I may never comprehend?
Did reality spring forth from me?
To ask the question may be a clue
But not an answer
If an answer was presented, would I understand?
I don’t seek a purpose
That seems presumptuous
Who am I?

Topic(s) of this poem: hope, human nature, life, love, memory, nature, philosophical , question, questions, truth

Comments about Who Am I? by Kelly Kurt

  • Dimitrios Galanis (12/23/2015 6:12:00 AM)

    The great question of pholosophy presented so nicely by a poet.In archaic period of greek history [700-500 b.d.] there were the poets who first put all the great questions we have still to think upon.There is not any need to answer them, the need is to be put again by real poets, so that the readers can put them to themselves too.That is what you are doing, dear Kelly. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (12/23/2015 11:21:00 AM)

    Asking is the start of wisdom. The more I learn about the brain, the more I becomes meaningless

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  • Daniel Brick (4/7/2015 6:13:00 AM)

    This is eloquent but that's reading between the lines because the poem makes no pretense of eloquence.
    This is brilliant comedy but that's reading between the lines because the poem is suffused with sadness.
    This is austere but that's reading between the lines because the poem is energized, bristling with energy, bursting with strong emotions.
    This poem is a brilliant example of both the necessity of trying to understand ourselves and also the sheer folly of trying to do so.
    I am coming back to this poem in a few days, and measure how those intervening hours will change my reaction to it. Will I be a wiser reader, able to coherently talk about the poem?
    Or will I be even less prepared than this morning to make sense of it?
    (Of course, the poem is, and will be doing fine - It's me that's being tested - and hopefully I won't be found inadequate. How often do you encounter a poem that is so penetrating? Very rarely - Treasure it!)
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    Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 1:18:00 PM)

    Thank you so very much, Daniel. I am an introspective man by nature and question everything. Even my own reality. Your comments are those of a very wise and intellectual man and I appreciate and grow from them.

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (4/5/2015 6:01:00 PM)

    Nice lines
    to put on sidelines
    just feel fine
    on divine lines
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    Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 7:44:00 PM)

    Thank you, Mehta. You brought me a smile

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/5/2015 10:15:00 AM)

    You have asked the most fundamental of all questions an answer to which will answer all the rest of the conundrums in this world. I am voting this 10.

    But, as an aside, the I of your question is the subject. The rest everything in this world are objects. You can 'know' the objects. There is no question of knowing the subject, because if it is known, it automatically moves into the category of 'objects'. So, the answer to your question is 'I am I am because that I am is available in all situations. It is a continuing self-evidence, which doesn't call for any external validation. The rest is because I am.
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    Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 1:52:00 PM)

    Cogito ergo sum. I appreciate your wise and insightful comments, Madathil

  • (4/5/2015 4:26:00 AM)

    A question ever so relevant in human history. nice poetry. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 1:50:00 PM)

    Thank you. I respect and enjoy your comments

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015

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