Jacques Prevert

the dunce

He says no with his head but he says yes with his heart, he says yes to that which he loves, he says no to the professor he stands, they quiz him and all the problems are puzzles, suddenly he is overcome with mad laughter and he erases everything the numbers and the words the dates and the names the sentences and the snares, and despite the threats of the teacher under the jeers of the child prodigies with chalk of every color on the blackboard of misery he draws a face of happiness.

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