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Just Smart Enough to Be Dangerous

Updated on June 11, 2013

Those not so easily swayed

Just smart enough to be dangerous

At least that’s what I hear them say

When they do not think I am listening

They say I am not a team player

That I do not play well with others

I am an inconvenience

I have not adopted their robotic ways

Should be able to read minds

Always say the things they want to hear

Should not upset an apple cart

Or question what I am told

Give my creativity away

Never take credit

Even when credit is due

Just smart enough to be an out

When everyone else is in

Not sure when it all started

Or even how it will end

Just know that

An identity I once had

No longer means anything

Has been lost in a file

Assigned a number

Betrayed and Belittled

A Myth

A name no longer remembered

Just smart enough to be safe

But never for too long

For I am just smart enough to be dangerous

Notes I have saved

Moments recorded

Exposing the wrongs

Imposed by others

Whose hearts have been misplaced

Somewhere along roads

That maybe they can’t face

So they destroy others

Who get in their way

Those who are just smart enough to be dangerous

Those not so easily swayed

I have not adopted their robotic ways



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    • ocfireflies profile image

      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mel!

      Blessings Always,


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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      If you are just smart enough to be dangerous people will smile in your face then move heaven and earth to get rid of you, so they can bring in another co-conspirator who doesn't rock the boat. A lot of good people have been kept out of important positions because of the phenomenon. I love your verses here, and can identify with them.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


      GF! Whatever your cause, I am behind you 100%. If you do get kicked out, holler, and I will come pick you up and we will go have a glass of wine. I will listen as you determine your next form of action.

      Your Devoted Supporter Regardless of The Cause!


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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas


      So much depth in this moving poem I see

      And from this depth you've inspired me

      It comes at time when I needed this inspiration

      And I will write my poem without hesitation

      When I read this poem, I could see you and understand where this came from. I am writing my speech for the next Town Council meeting and I will read in the public participation portion, if I don't get kicked out.

      Blessings and Hugs


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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Greetings! I am so happy for the visit. And you are correct: "We are not cookie cutter human beings." I will be over to visit you and will have to thank Colin as well.

      Best Always,


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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Life would be so boring if we all lost our own identity, and just went with the flow. I have no desire to be a robot! Sometimes people just don't understand those who are a little unique, or get annoyed when others think differently than they do. We are not cookie cutter human beings.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I saw you on Epigramman's page, and I am glad I checked you out. Another beautiful poet on HubPages.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      Thanks so much for your response. I appreciate your kind comments.


      Hey! Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated. I hope you are doing well.

      Best Always,


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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I loved this poem, Kim-what a 'perfect' expression of the fight against mediocrity and the end of creativity! Way UP and Awesome! Pinned and shared...

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a creative writer you are. You've found the way to describe the many outs in the world. Love it.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      I agree. Others can be cruel.


      I am glad to be in the company of those who are comfortable asking questions in order to gain clarification. Smiles.

      Best Always,


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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Also really liked this Kim-it speaks to the rebel in me and in you I suppose--

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      Ann 4 years ago

      I just wish other people could see what they and their aditude and actions can and do topeople who don't deserve such treatment.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      You're so very welcome, Kim. I hope your day gets better!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      I can't tell you how much your kind words mean to me...not having such a great day--then I read this. From the bottom of my heart: Thank You!

      Best Always,


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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      This is excellent, Kim! Always keep your self identity! After all, no one knows you better than you. And this is just is....well, what everyone else has said. . .it's brilliant.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      DREAM ON,

      Thank You! You have made my day!

      Best Always,


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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Clever all the way through.Interesting and creative.Thanx for being you.So I can appreciate many ways you do the things you do.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for your continued support of my work. Cloudy and rainy here--but a visit from you has brought beauty my way.

      Best Always,


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      epigramman 4 years ago

      An evocative title Kim and a mind provoking read - thank you for 'bending' my mind this morning over my first cup of coffee and a string quartet playing in the background with a beautiful fresh sunny day here by the lake.

      I always admire writers/poets who attempt something a little different and dare to go in different directions and you did that here - and I am so pleased and proud for you. I will share and link this brilliant piece on my FB for more to see and read ...... sending to you my best wishes and good thoughts from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 9:30am

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love your jotting. Suzanne Vega has a song lyric:

      "There's a woman on the outside

      looking inside

      Does she me?

      No she does not really see me

      She sees her own reflection"

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Kim, so many of us, especially those of us with a bit more imagination, perhaps, have felt like you describe. But it's all in perspective. We never know how those others may view it. In any case, their view is not superior, by any means! Here's one of my cryptic little jottings on the same kind of subject:

      Am I outside

      Looking in,


      Are they?

      〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

      written about 1973

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks so much for your comments and support for the message I tried to convey.

      Best Always,


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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      If everyone was this kind of smart, this world would be a better place. Mass consumerism and entertainment stupor keeps us from participating fully in our political system---if we all consciously voted for everything that is done in our name, things would go a lot differently. Yay for a poem that goes against the grain!! :-) Lurana

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You for your kind comments and for sharing in my efforts to hold onto and encourage others to hold onto my/our humanity.

      Poetic Fool,

      So sorry that you or any of us are ever forced to conform to expectations from those who have power, but not necessarily insight.

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      You are so kind.


      Thank You!

      Best Always to such Wonderful Ladies whose kindness is so much appreciated,


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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Absolutely brilliant.

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Hi Kim! What you've described so well here sounds like where I am now, including the CYA near the end. Unfortunately, this occurs all over the place. Fortunately, you've not conformed and we get to benefit from your uniqueness and creativity. Great job!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Thank goodness you have not adopted their robotic ways! How boring life would be if we were all guilty of that!? I am sorry for those who become robots and those who want the rest of us to. Excellent write!

      Voted everything but funny; that, it certainly is not :-(

      Sharing too!


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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith and Jo,

      I can't tell you enough how much your support means to me.

      Thank You!

      Best Always,


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Kim, this is simply brilliant....just smart enough to see through the craziness. Loved it!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, so clever and I have been there myself, my lovely friend. You are very gifted and I am giving you tons of credit right here as a talented and lovely person! I can so relate to your amazing and brilliant poem.

      Voted up +++++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dim Flaxenwick,

      You have so made my day. ♥

      Theater girl,

      Thank You! ♥

      Best Always,


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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      What a great description about not quite fitting in! You expressed it with such controlled anger and restraint! Great job!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      OOOOH! That has soooooooooo much in it. It is quite brilliant.

      Loved it.


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