A mercenary. I hired a private eye

To check him out. He reported back: Top of his class in grade school,

First board in chess, winning at radio orienteering ,

A sadistic torturer of animals ever since he was a child, proficient circular breather,

Enrols in a classical high school, graduates with honours, private lessons

In Latin and Ancient Greek, a top snowboarder

(Videos on YouTube), a sodomite since seventeen.

I bent down silently, drawing in the sand, saying nothing.

 

I never paid for his (private eye’s) services.

He sent reminders. He sued. I was summoned by the

Court. I never acknowledged receiving the summons.

Officially, they can’t touch me.

© translated by Jernej Županič

Plačanec. Najela sem zasebnega detektiva,

naj ga preveri. Poročal je: odličnjak v osnovni šoli,

prva miza pri šahu, zmaguje v amaterski radiogoniometriji,

od malih nog sadistični mučitelj živali, obvlada krožno dihanje,

vpiše klasično gimnazijo, zlati maturant, zasebne lekcije

latinščine in starogrščine, vrhunski snowboarder

(posnetki na YouTube), od sedemnajstega sodomit.

Molče sem se sklonila, s prstom pisala v pesek, nič rekla.

 

Njegove storitve (detektiv) nisem plačala.

Pošiljal je opomine. Tožil. Sodišče mi je poslalo

poziv. Prejema pošiljke nisem podpisala.

Uradno mi ne morejo nič.

© Stanka Hrastelj