I am calm, - He disclosed everything to me. "Donít hide", - he ordered - and I say: All, who hunted me, beat or betrayed me, - Will be punished by the one, whom I serve. I donít know, how - a knife under the ribs, Or burn down their house and all the property, Or close up the ranks, dismiss, deprive of freedom... Whe I also donít know - during the year. Afterwards, now, and maybe - already: Fate is not to be avoided at the curve. And on its crooked way itís not to be overtaken, Regardless also of the consequences to elape... And I? - what! I am calm at least about myself Throw at us stones, hail or a buck-shot.
© Elisabeth Jelinek. Translation, 2018