Who cares that your old ladyís always nagging? Who cares that your career just took a dive? Who cares that, once again, youíre off the wagon? Be thankful that at least youíre still alive. No sweat - your only jacket doesnít wear well. No sweat - the nightmares kept you up till five. No sweat - somebody mugged you in the stairwell. Be thankful that at least youíre still alive.
       
Oh well - youíll never play the ukulele. Oh well - youíre looking pale and sleep deprived. Oh well - your hairís been falling out lately. Be thankful that at least youíre still alive. So what if youíve got footprints on your forehead? So what if you are breaking out in hives? So what if your cholesterol is horrid? Be thankful that at least youíre still alive.
       
Big deal - you are a nail and not a hammer. Big deal - another summons has arrived. Big deal - your spent your weekend in the slammer. Be thankful that at least youíre still alive. Itís true - a man must pay for every blunder. Itís true - Iíve made the bed in which I lie. Itís all so very true - I only wonder, Whom do I thank that I am still alive?
       
© Mika Tubinshlak. Translation, 2009
[Adapted from a translation by Serge Elnitsky]
© Mika Tubinshlak. Performance, 2009
© Andrew J. Evans. Performance, ?