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Pour qui, combien, quand et pourquoi?
Contre qui? Comment? Contre quoi?
C'en est assez de vos violences.

D'oщ venez-vous?
Oщ allez-vous?
Qui кtes-vous?
Qui priez-vous?
Je vous prie de faire silence.

Pour qui, comment, quand et pourquoi?
S'il faut absolument qu'on soit
Contre quelqu'un ou quelque chose.

Je suis pour le soleil couchant
En haut des collines dйsertes.
Je suis pour les forкts profondes.

Car un enfant qui pleure,
Qu'il soit de n'importe oщ,
Est un enfant qui pleure.
Car un enfant qui meurt
Au bout de vos fusils
Est un enfant qui meurt.

Que c'est abominable d'avoir а choisir
Entre deux innocences!
Que c'est abominable d'avoir pour ennemis
Les rires de l'enfance!

Pour qui, comment, quand et combien?
Contre qui? Comment et combien?
А en perdre le goыt de vivre.
Le goыt de l'eau, le goыt du pain
Et celui du Perlimpinpin
Dans le square des Batignolles!
Mais pour rien, mais pour presque rien,
Pour кtre avec vous et c'est bien!
Et pour une rose entr'ouverte.
Et pour une respiration,
Et pour un souffle d'abandon,
Et pour un jardin qui frissonne!

Rien avoir, mais passionnйment,
Ne rien se dire йperdument,
Ne rien savoir avec ivresse.

Riche de la dйpossession,
N'avoir que sa vйritй,
Possйder toutes les richesses.

Ne pas parler de poйsie,
Ne pas parler de poйsie
En йcrasant les fleurs sauvages.
Et voir jouer la transparence
Au fond d'une cour aux murs gris
Oщ l'aube n'a jamais sa chance.

Contre qui, ou bien contre quoi
Pour qui, comment, quand et pourquoi?
Pour retrouver le goыt de vivre.

Le goыt de l'eau, le goыt du pain
Et celui du Perlimpinpin
Dans le square des Batignolles.

Et Contre rien et contre personne,
Contre personne et contre rien,
Et pour une rose entre- ouverte,
Pour l'accordйon qui soupire
Et pour un souffle d'abandon
Et pour un jardin qui frissonne!

Et vivre vivre passionnйment,
Et ne combattre seulement
Qu'avec les feux de la tendresse.

Et riche de dйpossession,
N'avoir que sa vйritй,
Possйder toutes les richesses.

Ne plus parler de poйsie,
Ne plus parler de poйsie
Mais laisser vivre les fleurs sauvages.
Et faire jouer la transparence
Au fond d'une cour aux murs gris
Oщ l'aube aurait enfin sa chance.



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    LydieAug 12, 2010 at 5:07 am
    For whom, how, when and why?
    Against whom? How? Against what?
    Enough of your violence!

    Where are you from?
    Where are you going?
    Who are you?
    Who do you pray?
    I beg you to be silent.

    For whom, how, when and why?
    Must we be absolutely
    Against someone or something?

    I am for the sunset
    At the top of desert hills,
    I am for the deep forests.
    Because a child who cries,
    No matter where he/she may be from ,
    Is a child who is crying.
    Because a child who dies
    At the tip of your guns
    Is a child who dies.

    How abominable it is to have to choose
    Between two innocence!
    How abominable it is to have for enemy
    The laughters of childhood!

    For whom, how, when and how much?
    Against whom? How and how many?
    To lose the will to live,
    The taste of water, the taste of bread
    And that of Perlimpinpin
    In the Square des Batignolles !
    But for nothing, but for almost nothing,
    To be with you and it's good!
    And for a rose half-open ,
    And for a breath,
    And for a breath of abandon,
    And for this garden that shivers!

    To have nothing but passionately.
    To say nothing ( to each other ) madly,
    To know nothing ecstatically.
    To be rich in deprivation.
    To have only your own truth.
    To own all the riches.

    To not talk about poetry,
    To not talk about poetry
    While crushing ( stepping on) the wildflowers .
    And to see at play transparency
    In a courtyard with gray walls
    Where dawn never had a chance.

    Against whom, or against what?
    For whom, how, when and why?
    To find once again the will to live,
    The taste of water, the taste of bread,
    And that of Perlimpinpin
    In the square of Batignolles.
    
Against nothing and against nobody,
    Against nobody and against nothing,
    And for a rose half-open,
    For the accordion that sighs,
    For a breath of abandon,
    And for this garden which shivers.

    And to live passionately,
    And to fight only
    With the fire of tenderness.

    And rich of deprivation,
    To have only your (own )truth.
    To own all wealth.

    To not talk about poetry anymore
    To not talk about poetry anymore,
    But to let the wildflowers live.
    And to play with the transparence
    In a courtyard with gray walls
    Where dawn would finally have a chance.

    Live,
    Live
    With tenderness
    Live
    And give
    Rapturously!

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