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The Puppet (Le Pantin)

Updated on June 20, 2016

I originally wrote this poem in my mother tongue so I made a translation in english without taking care of the verses' lengh, the rhymes, etc.. but I obviously left the original version which is naturally the most worked.

English (translated) Version


I think I am just a febrile puppet,
My body is controlled by the destiny's links.
I am a doll who lives only for your laughs
I am happy or sad according to your wishes.

During my performances, stone-faced, I laugh,
I'm dancing and singing as a french man.
Then, the curtain closes, the public goes out.
They put me heavely in my wooden box.

Deep in the dark, I ask myself:
"Who is going to have tomorrow the control of my body? "
In my chest, I leave my sap flow
And I try to cut my strings that you are moving.

But I know whitout these chains I would die.
Yes, I well aware that I will go in the garbage.
But I prefer lost my wooden body,
Instead of not having a living heart.

What's? Again I see the daylight.
My stage and my public are waiting for me, as always.
I think I am just a febrile puppet,
My body is controlled by the destiny's links.


French (original) Version


Je crois que je ne suis qu'un fébrile pantin,
Mon corps est contrôlé par les liens du destin.
Je suis un guignol qui ne vit que pour vos rires.
Je suis heureux ou triste selon vos désirs.

Lors de mes représentations, de bois, je ris,
Je danse et chante comme un homme de Paris.
Puis, le rideau se ferme, le public s'en va.
On me met lourdement dans ma boîte de bois.

Au fin fond de mes ténèbres, je me demande :
« Quel être demain de moi aura la commande ? »
Dans mon coffre je laisse ma sève couler
Et j'essaie de couper mes fils que vous tirez.

Mais je sais bien que sans ces chaînes je mourrais.
Oui, je sais bien qu'aux ordures l'on m'enverrait.
Mais je préfère encore perdre mon corps de bois,
Plutôt que de ne pas avoir un cœur qui bat.

Qu'est-ce ? À nouveau je vois la lumière du jour.
Ma scène et mon public m'attendent, comme toujours.
Je crois que je ne suis qu'un fébrile pantin,
Mon corps est contrôlé par les liens du destin.



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      Siddharth Kapoor 

      2 years ago

      I like it...... deep.


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