Jacques Prévert: The Dunce

21 August 2018

He says no with his head
But his heart says yes
He says yes to what he loves
He says no to the teacher
He is on his feet
To be is questioned
Asked all the problems
Suddenly wild laughter shakes him
And he effaces
The numbers and words
The dates and names
The sentences the nets
And despite the master’s threats
Amidst the jeers of the child prodigies
With the coloured chalks no less
On the blackboard of distress
Draws the face of happiness.

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