A Prevert poem about workers


This is a French musical video about Jacques Prevert.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Well versed

(Wednesday 04 June 2008)

POETRY: Poem of the week
edited by JOHN RETY

POEM OF THE WEEK: A Waste of Time by Jacques Prevert.

In front of the factory gate
the worker suddenly stops
the fine weather has tugged him by the sleeve
and as he turns around
and looks at the sun
all round and red up high
smiling down from its blazing sky
he winks
familiarly
Say comrade Sun
don’t you think
that’s a dead loss
to give a day like this
to a boss?

About the poet

Jacques Prevert (1900-77) continues to be the most widely read poet in France. This poem newly translated by Sarah Lawson appears in her Selected Poems of Jacques Prevert.

John Rety of Hearing Eye Press and Torriano Meeting House is a former editor of anarchist paper Freedom.

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