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The Valley of the Culprits

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The Valley of the Culprits

In the valley of the culprits 
be patient. 
Remain planted on your legs 
to be struck 
by the newcomers and leaving them 
never look behind you, 
so that each one can see 
the hairstyle on the nape of your neck. 
In the valley of the culprits 
while insults fuse 
do not say anything, especially 
make like the nightingale which ate a blackberry 
while the human one depreciates. 
The bump at the end of your nose 
must not have an impact on your spirit. 
Know that your language burns if you eat while pricking 
and your backyard burns if you speak bitterly. 
Above all 
forget your mother, and your father. 
It is not necessary to worry about their fate 
or that they are weakened physically 
and drag themselves along. 
Do not say anything. 
Drop... 
Let your efforts break down. 
Let the mast be reversed... 
Carry on your way simpering. 
If you see a fallen friend 
above all have no feeling 
no pity 
and if you have envy, give him another kick. 
Do you know that nobody is thinking of you at this moment? 
If you come across a large turkey 
cut its throat without saying anything to anybody 
and eat it! 
Have no panic, remain still 
where you are well hidden! 
In any event 
You are in the valley of the culprits. 
You will be viewed badly if you work much. 
You will be driven out if you speak the truth. 
You will be crushed 
if you go the way of love. 
You will be beaten in various ways 
if you resist tyranny. 
You know 
that there are things not to be neglected. 
In any event 
you are in the valley of the culprits 
Be pitiless! 
You know that integration is spoken about uniquely, 
that at least your indentity card is like theirs. 
One demands it from you insistently. 
If in spite of all you do not like 
all that I have just said 
do what you want, act according to your desires 
as well as your accomplishments. 
One never knows 
Perhaps you will be accepted! 

Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI 
Paris, le 04.11.2004 
Traduit par by Yakup YURT en français 
French free verse translated into English free verse 
by Joneve McCormick – 05.12.2004

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