New Songs

Author: Martin Jankowski
Translator: Martin Jankowski, Rebecca Jany

from the duty of revolution
we enjoy the morning
and the grumbling of the ageing
joggers that in former times
everything used to be bad
in better ways and the youth
did not smile so mildly

we enjoy the special reports
on the daily apocalypses of course
we are worried and a little bit indignant
well-behaved rebels
we go and take a shower

we are accused
of accepting everything
and of not being discontented enough
we nod assent
and switch off the magnificent music
coming out of the radio we whistle
a little tune
not new but who cares

we are offered revolutionary
soft-drinks exciting
creations and hand-selected
pro-biotic world-cultures
we are amazed but
we say thank you

granted, a glass of water
is not new
but still
quite good

Original © Martin Jankowski
Translation © Martin Jankowski and Rebecca Jany