June 21, 2013

Ignorant Fools, By Aliza Faber

"By a clear well, within a little field," by Marie Spartali Stillman, artmagick.com
Editor's note: This poem grabbed my attention in a big way because it not only investigates the idea of old belief systems versus new, but, I think, touches on the way some people look askance on those of us who enjoy fairy tales, wonder, and fantasy.

You look back and see fools,
The ignorance of your ancestors.
You think you know so much we don't,
To you we are no more than jesters.

You mock the coin I throw in the well,
After closing my eyes and wishing.
You scorn the milk I leave outside,
So fairies won't make things go missing.

You jeer as I try to turn stone to gold,
Granted, I too gave up on straw.
Scoff as I share my bread with a widow,
Hoping reward will be sure.

You claim you are so different,
You know the tales are not true.
Yet you heed them as much as I,
Even though you pretend not to.

Don't your maidens place beauty as highest virtue,
As did the kings and princes of old?
And don't you think it quite romantic,
To be like a prince, brave and bold?

You might not wish upon a star,
As long as others can see you.
Whilst you laugh at destiny and fate,
Luck and chance see you through.

Your stones have changed to sacrifice,
Improving your fate is your aim.
Are my dreams of marrying powerful royalty,
So different than yours of wealth and fame?

Aren't good deeds still rewarded?
Do the bad ones not get their due?
Do you earn what you want on a silver plate,
Or after tasks, hardship and fighting through?

So next time you wish to sneer,
At those silly old fools of the past.
Remember we both do the same sort of deeds,
Isn't denial more foolish than the hope our spells cast?

Bio: Aliza is eighteen and has so far lived on three different continents. She is in love with anything fairy tale, and especially enjoys the fact that they can be interpreted in so many different ways. 


  1. there's resonance for you. great post, great poem, great blog all around. thanks

  2. Wow, very thought provoking! Well written Aliza

  3. A beautiful poem Aliza, I think you have a promising writing future ahead of you~

  4. Very cool! To me, this is for anyone who ever felt they were misunderstood by others!

  5. That we're not "better" than those from other ages is a very important lesson we must learn. Our science and technology does not make us better.

  6. This is a really awesome poem, Aliza. Good job.:)

  7. “Ignorant Fools” is a statement of human desire as told through the use of fairy tales. It calls attention to the messages and themes of fairy tales, and alludes as to why fairy tales have been able to transcend cultures, religions, social classes, and why fairy tales have been able to stand the test of time. By playfully articulating popular fairy tale figures, such as princes, the author reveals how certain values are held in such high esteem that many of us strive to adhere to those values. Fairy tales truly bring to light our best expectation for ourselves, and those adversities we must overcome in order to reach those expectations. Fairy tales also present characteristics in others which we find most desirable. No one wishes for poverty, or to meet a princess who is not beautiful, or a prince who is not brave and bold. I entirely understand why “Ignorant Fools” is a contest winner. It is very elegantly written, and full of popular fairy tale references, themes, and messages.
    -Adam Z.

  8. I personally really like this story. To me it says that many people mock the old ways or how people used to think and believe, saying that there are those who laugh at certain things such as throwing a coin in the well and making a wish. This story also makes me question whether or not the author believes that good is still rewarded and evil is punished. It sounds like there is something that happened to this person or someone they may possibly know and they are questioning the moral beliefs that we as children have instilled in us by the Disney versions of what a fairy tale means. The at the end it sounds as if the author is telling the reader not to mock the ways things in the past were done because in today’s society we also do things that may sound foolish to someone else but to the people who are doing the deeds it is sound and reasonable. TG