There is only one motive With the ship Comes a letter of credit - Of twenty two roubles. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of an ascet. She, in chararge for the etage Had promised me for days To let me into the hotel Very quietly on my hands. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of an ascet. In the dining-room number two Always stands a kefir, And my head is full of thoughts, And everything - about the hereafter. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of an ascet. I invited her into a cafe, - O dear me, no romance, - I ate and took to flight, As if for the toilet. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of an ascet. All the beaches are full With charming widows, - Ashamed to take off the trousers: However Iím here in the cold. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of an ascet. Oh damn Athon! - I am in love like a plant-louse, - I take the last funds- All the twenty two roubles. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of an ascet. Charming, slim girls All the money is spent on the passage Probably, she Today however will spend money on food. And live another two weeks, Work - for eight years, - But I shall give proof Of the frugality of a skeleton!
© Elisabeth Jelinek. Translation, 2018