Jelen u restoranu




Jelen je ušao u dvoranu
jednome restoranu,
zamolio goste da ustanu,
zamolio goste da oproste,
što nosi na glavi granu.

Stigao je potpuno miran.
zamolio da muzika svira
i vitka tramvajska lira,
samo da ljudi svuku
zelenu nogu i ruku
i torbicu na klobuku.

Tako je slušao, kušao
i rekao svaka čast —
"Od danas sam, bogami, ovdje
ja jedina lovačka vlast!"



The stag in the restaurant


A stag entered the dining room of a restaurant,
he asked the guests to stand,
he asked the guests to forgive him
for bearing a branch on his head.

He arrived quite peacefully,
asked that the music play on
and asked for a slim streetcar-lyre,
asked only that the men take off
the hunter's-green foot and arm
and the small pouch on the hat.

So, he listened and tasted
and then—Bravo!, he said:
"From this day on, so help me God,
I am the only hunter's government here!"