Think it over if it doesnít go so well with your wife. Think it over - if your head in not so good. Think it over - when you get robbed at the main entrance. Say only thank you, that you are alive. Now whatís so specific - a sarkom agonizing you. Now whatís so specfic - that the periodic alcoholism began. Now whatís so specific - about having been chased out of home. Say only thank you, that you are alive.         Never mind - your partner at poker got hit. Never mind that a house-spectre appeared nightly. Never mind that your neighbour knocked out two of your teeth. Say only thank you, that you are alive. Agreed - now, you fell asleep in the sawdust. Agreed - you have been kicked in the jaw-bone with a foot. Agreed - youíve been lugged off with a stretcher. Say only thank you, that you are alive.                 Yes, thatís right - when one wants, one is able to. Yes, thatís right - itís my fault, god be with me! Yes, thatís right. But something troubles me - To whom do I say, thank you, that I am alive?        
© Elisabeth Jelinek. Translation, 2018