To hire somebody

To be Rupert when you’re away,

Somebody, Rupert, a mercenary,

Someone calm, balanced,

Someone to call peanut without angering him, or shoo!,

Someone to pay with minted change without him running off

Into the night slashed open (he sews it up, the stickler),

To be Rupert when you’re gone.

© translated by Jernej Županič

Najeti nekoga,

da bo zame Rupert, ko te ne bo blizu,

nekoga, Rupert, plačanca,

mirnega, uravnovešenega,

ki mu rečeš mucek, pa ga ne ujeziš, ali kuš!,

ki ga plačaš s kovanim drobižem, pa ne zbeži

v razparano noč (zašije jo, pedantno),

da bo zame Rupert, ko te ne bo.

© Stanka Hrastelj