This night is against my rules. I do most of my writing at night. I am grabbing at the telephone dial, And I dial the eternal 071 "My dear girl, whatís your name? Toma? Number seventy two", I wait with baited breath, "It canít be, try again, Iím sure that theyíre home! Now theyíre answering. Hello, itís me." This night is against my rules, I canít sleep, I am begging you please hurry! Why canít you give me some credit on my token2 Like they give to preferred customers?" "Listen, girl number seventy-two" I canít wait and my watch is broken! Oh the devil take all the lines, Iím flying away tomorrow! Now theyíre answering. Hello, itís me."                                                
1 Operator on Russian telephones
2 Pay telephones during the Soviet era used tokens instead of money
 
© Peter Struwwel. Translation, ?