On the status and form never focused, Not for glory or a pay crop In manner uncommon he served. He was steadily walking in circus On a plain rope, on a plain rope Drawn always tight like a nerve. Look at him - uninsured he has ever walked. Right a little - assured to be shocked, to be knocked! Left a little - as sure as he cannot be saved! But he, probably, has a great need to invade In all four quarters of the way.
                         
Shaking out of his pace the rays lit, Laurels likewise they were brushing. The trumpet strained over for two. Cries "bravo" in deafening ways beat And percussion, the percussion - Was striking upon the head true! Look at him - uninsured he has ever walked. Right a little - assured to be shocked, to be knocked! Left a little - as sure as he cannot be saved! But exactly he has now less to invade - Not all - three quarters of the way. "How nice, how bold, how awful!" Fight with death was no illusions! To wait their mouths opened wide, - From the stalls staring at they were doleful - Lilliputians, lilliputians - It could seem to him at the height. Look at him - uninsured he has ever walked. Right a little - assured to be shocked, to be knocked! Left a little - as sure as he cannot be saved! But donít worry, he has now left to invade - Of all two quarters of the way. He was laughing at fame of a winner, But the first place heís reserving - Like hell could he ever be wrecked! Not the wire above the arena - On the nerve being, our nerve being To drumming he followed his track! Look at him - uninsured he has ever walked. Right a little - assured to be shocked, to be knocked! Left a little - as sure as he cannot be saved! But, stay rooted! - he has now left to invade An only quarter of the way. Was a tamer who screamed at the curtain, Him on stretcher tigers saw last... The will is as simple as hard: Whether certain he was, or uncertain - But in sawdust, into sawdust He spilt his vexation and blood! And today uninsured someone has to walk. A thin cord is assured - will be shocked, will be knocked! Left a little or right - and he cannot be saved... For some reason in mind he needs too to invade In all four quarters of the way!
© Natalia Tverskova. Translation, 2000