I am awfully bored, I am simply without strength. And thoughts come - tempting, disturbing, - That somebody somewhere would invite me And there I should see something specific!.. And what exactly - I really do not know. All bet for the wager: "Read for a while", - I sit down and read, "Play for a while", - now I play with the kitten, - All the same Iím awfully bored! Sir! Take Alice with you! I so wished, I wished Somewhen, somehow to go out of the house - And suddenly disclosing above in the depth, Within and without - where everything is different! .. And what exactly - I really do not know. All bet for the wager: "Read for a while", - now I play with the kitten, "Play for a while", - I sit down and read, - All the same Iím awfully bored! Sir! Take Alice with you! May it come at home to a tumult, And if penalty threatens - I agree, - I close my eyes, count to three... What will be, what will be! I am terribly excited! And what exactly - I really do not know. Everything is in a jumble in the midday heat: Read for a while? - I sit down and play, Play for a while? - Now, I read with the kitten, - All the same Iím bored awfully! Sir! Take Alice with you.!
© Elisabeth Jelinek. Translation, 2018