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.