Jacques Prévert: “Against My Will”

Against My Will

They hired me
at the factory of ideas
against my will
but I wouldn’t clock in

In the same way,
they drafted me
in the army of ideas
but I just deserted

I don’t know a lot
There isn’t a lot to know
or a little, for that matter
I only know there’s something else
Something else

That’s what I’m into
and what I do.

Jacques Prévert

Translated from French by Paul Weinfield, © 2015
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