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Idiot

This word does not sound so wrong,
But it should be seen,
Like a note of hope.

There is the idiot dreamer,
That he's not afraid,
To be seen like an outsider.

There is the idiot by reason,
He's always right,
Even if sometimes he loses his reason.

There is the simply idiot,
Who does not understand,
That he's treated like that.

And there is the false idiot,
The most dangerous,
Because it can turn you idiotic.

To finish.
To be idiotic,
It's not so bad,
It's like belonging to a club,
Where nobody understands the other,
A little like the government.
The original french version can be found here: [link]

You can listen to me reading it and explaining all about it on the 8th episode of my poems podcast that you can find here:
[link]

Poem detailed explanation:

So this poem was inspired by my friend Anita because when I was discussing with her she was always saying that she was an idiot for this and that, and so after I said to her that she was not really an idiot, she challenged me to do a poem about the idiocy, and that's what I did.

First I thought about the word, it's not so hard it's a pretty soft word in fact, when you say of someone that he's an idiot it's more in an affectionate sense, it's not really a hard truth. So that's why I started with that, because when you're an idiot, or you did something stupid then you can always learn of it, here the notion of hope not to do the same stupid thing again is very important.

Then I thought a bit harder about the idiots that I know of, and I came out with these 4: The idiot dreamer, the idiot by reason, the simply idiot and the false idiot.

So the first one, I would say he would be like the artist or the writer, or more generally someone who really believes in a good sense in what he's doing, but it's so weird and different that he's considered by the others to be an idiot.

Then there is the one that really believes that he's right even if he's wrong, I'm sure you know a guy or girl like that, that even if you prove to them that they're wrong they will just continue to believe they're right.

Then there is what I would call the ones who don't really understand why everyone is making fun of him, nothing much more to say about this one.

Then the last one, it's the one who makes you believe he's an idiot when in fact he's the most intelligent of the bunch, and he can convince you of things you normally wouldn't have considered, and as the poem says can turn you idiotic too for a while.

Then I though for the end I need to name someone of something that's by definition idiotic, and what immediately came to mind is the government, but I wanted to put it nicely, and not just throw that to the face of the reader.
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amo-draws-peppers Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The simplicity of it seems very Wendy Cope-ish. An inspiration of yours?
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tursiops33 Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yes it's an inspiration of mine, as explained in the comments, it has been inspired by a friend of mine :P
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amo-draws-peppers Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I find that I enjoy poetry more when it isn't explained to me step by step, but when I can interpret it for myself and find a meaning more personal to me.

"It is the spectator, not your life that art really mirrors"
-Oscar Wilde.

That's why I chose not to read your artist's comment.

What work of Cope's do you reckon influenced this piece? I hope I'm not interrogating you too much. I'm simply curious as I enjoyed the poem, and this is unusual for me when it comes to simplistic poetry.
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tursiops33 Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, I see I have a connoisseur here, sorry if I'm surprised but it doesn't happen that often ^^
I'm sorry but I will not be able to answer your question, as my attention span is very short and for that it's nearly impossible for me to read books.
You're not interrogating me too much don't worry, I love to have feedback, and your is one of the most interesting I've had so far.
As of this Cope's I don't know who he is, so that's why I cannot answer. As I said my inspiration came simply from a friend who was always calling herself an idiot and I decided as a challenge to write something about it, to prove to her that you can write poems about every and any subject.
I hope this answer your curiosity. If you have more questions send me a note, I'll be happy to talk further with you.
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amo-draws-peppers Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh sorry i misunderstood your first reply.

Wendy Cope is a poet, whose work bears similarities to yours (hence my first comment). You should look her up if you are ever bored.

Thank you for replying :)
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tursiops33 Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ok I'll think about her, when I'm bored lol.
You're welcome, all the pleasure was mine :D
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Sunlight-Angel Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XDD yeah, you're so right. Next time when someone calls you an idiot you should say thanks
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tursiops33 Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
hehe ^^ Why not :P
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Sunlight-Angel Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah why not. Let's confuse them XD
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blackcatsrule Mar 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I love the last line. (Reminds me of a certain past president of my country who's last name started with the letter B. D8)
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