Tell me, what was that with the animals?

As a kid I used to burn toads with a lighter.

They burst, a piece sometimes

Hit me in the face. I swallowed.

What else did you do, talk, tell me everything.

(You’re tempted, you can’t help it.)

But that wasn’t right;

Now I volunteer in a nursing home.

What do you do to them, talk, tell me everything.

(You get excited, you can’t help it.)

I read to them, adjust their pillows, take them outside.

 

(A wuss?)

 

(Hire somebody else?)

© translated by Jernej Županič

Povej, kako je z bilo tisto z živalmi.

Kot mulc sem pod krotami prižigal vžigalnik.

Razgnalo jih je, včasih kakšen kos

meni v obraz. Pogoltnil sem.

Kaj še si počel, pripoveduj, vse povej.

(Zamika te, kaj si moreš.)

Ampak tisto ni bilo prav;

zdaj sem prostovoljec v domu ostarelih.

Kaj počneš z njimi, pripoveduj, vse povej.

(Razvnameš se, kaj moreš.)

Berem jim, rahljam vzglavnike, peljem na sprehod.

 

(Mevža?)

 

(Najeti drugega?)

© Stanka Hrastelj