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My hat,
Is an ideas box,
We put in a word,
We put in a picture,
We put in a sense,
All mixed,
Give wheat,
Ideas wheat.

Then,
This wheat,
It has to be planted,
It has to be watered,
It has to be simmered,
So that from the flower,
He may escape.

Flying at his will,
Endure tides,
Follow the light winds,
To plant in a nearby field,
On the other part,
From the World or near,
To multiply,
And to spread the idea.

But the idea,
It's volatile,
It's futile,
It vacillates.

Ideas,
I have plenty,
Every day,
To complete,
3 boxes at least.

But there is one,
One that stands out,
One who wants to flee away,
To become a beautiful tree,
All these branches,
I know them well,
They are in me.

But this tree,
Soon will be too big for me,
He must make his way,
Follow the cobblestones of fate
Driven by the distant wind.

He will succeed,
For the summer,
For everything,
For me,
For you,
For all that is.
Original french version available at: [link]

You can listen to me live reading it on the 45th episode of my podcast that you can find here: [link]

Poem detailed explanation:


So every now and then it's good to write poems about yourself. Of course you're already doing it when you're writing about love, but it's a shared feeling, not 100% exclusive to you. So if you're looking for something to write about, why not write about yourself? Because let's be honest, you know yourself better than anyone, and you certainly have a lot of things to say. Another reason why you should write something about you is that you actually have time to think about it. You're not in a rush to answer a personal question or fill in a personal facts sheet, you're alone and only have the paper for company. So nobody is going to judge you if you write something horrible about yourself, and if you do just keep it for yourself, and try to find something else about you to write about.
Now for the poem in itself:
Before writing this poem I knew what I wanted to write about, and that was the ideas I had all the time in my head, and that's why I started with this, and I chose this title for several reasons. First, saying that you have ideas in your head is just too common that wouldn't be interesting. Second saying that it's in your hat instead makes you look like some sort of magician, bringing things out of your hat, and the audience is going to be waiting eagerly on what will be the next thing you're going to pull out of your hat.
Then a hat can have a lot of different shapes, and one of those can definitely look like a box, that's why I chose to compare it to it, but also because you can put things inside a box, which suited my purpose perfectly. Then my idea was that an idea is made of different things, words, images, etc… If you take all of that, put it in a box shake vigorously and then you'll get something out of it. Also I must say that this is a translated poem, the original version is in French, that's why some parts might not make much sense, just like the end of this first paragraph.
If you're following me for a while you know that I love to compare things to nature, and making the birth of an idea look like the birth of a flower is I think a good comparison. Then I continued telling the tale of the idea/flower. To reproduce the flower needs the wind to carry some of it to some other part and then by the magic of nature another flower will grow. So that's the basic idea that I wanted to share here, that if you have an idea, you make it grow and then you talk to someone about it, or that someone tells someone else about it because he likes your idea, that's how it travels.
Now that doesn't happen just like that without any problems, might it be the ideas or the flower's part. Someone might get your idea wrong, then distort it, or your idea might get totally rejected. Well that's the same for the flower. But in this case I decided that the flower might actually be left by the wind in a nearby field where a new life could start for it. What I also wanted to say with this is that it can travel a lot or nearly nothing. Like it can go to another country with strong winds, or just to the garden of the neighbor house. And then when it arrives it'll do the same as the last flower, and so on and so forth.
Then even after you've spread the idea around, you still have to cultivate and nurture it. Because it's not enough just to spread an idea, you need to keep it alive too.
Then I just wanted to show the reader how many ideas I had in a single day, and if you consider an idea in the form of a plate, you could fit in a lot of them inside 3 boxes, even if it's not really true, because honestly I don't have that many ideas, it's good to exaggerate because it makes it stand out more.
When you have a lot of ideas often most of them are just rubbish, and you need to forget about them as quickly as possible, but one can be a really good one, so you need to get this one from out of your head and into paper, and start the process described earlier. In this particular paragraph what I specially wanted to say was that sometimes ideas have a will and a life of their own, and you can feel that they want to go out to the world and do great things!
Sometimes your ideas are just too big for yourself, and you need to ask the help of other people, and together you'll work towards the accomplishment of this idea that you had, and that now the other that are working with you have too. And that's the last bit I wanted to say with the last paragraph. If you follow the advices given here, your idea will shine and succeed. It will bring you joy, as well as to others too. It will improve the lives of people around, and maybe even those further away. So if you have an idea, even a crazy one, go for it and do it, you won't regret it even if you fail.
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:iconblackcatsrule:
blackcatsrule Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this one~there are many ways to interpret it. Keep it up~! :hug:
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the comment, really appreciated!
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bigbebop Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
where might i purchase such a hat?
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:iconbigbebop:
bigbebop Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Awh crap!
i cant go back there after the nomb incident
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
In the fantasy world ^^
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:iconakiko-sama:
akiko-sama Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
oh waaaw sounds really cool
fantasy-like... really like it very muchh!!
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:icontursiops33:
tursiops33 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks you!
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:iconakiko-sama:
akiko-sama Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
welcome :hug:
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thenamesed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008   Interface Designer
Beautiful poem. <3
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :D
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