Poem – Le Cancre by Jacques Prévert

Il dit non avec la tête
Mais il dit oui avec le coeur
Il dit oui à ce qu’il aime
Il dit non au professeur
Il est debout
On le questionne
Et tous les problèmes sont posés

Soudain le fou rire le prend
Et il efface tout
Les chiffres et les mots
Les dates et les noms
Les phrases et les pièges
Et malgré les menaces du maître
Sous les hués des enfants prodiges
Avec des craies de toutes les couleurs
Sur le tableau noir du malheur
Il dessine le visage du bonheur

He says no with his head
But he says yes with his heart
He says yes to what he likes
He says no to the teacher
He is standing
He is questioned
And all the problems are posed

Suddenly a fit of laughter siezes him
And he erases everything
The numbers and the words
The dates and the names
The sentences and the traps
And despite the teacher’s threats
Under the boos of the child prodigies
With pieces of chalk of every color
On the blackboard of misfortune
He draws the face of happiness

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