Þroskalýsi

Þroskalýsi

 

Einu sinni þegar Elísabet Englands-

drottning var tuttugu og tveggja ára

stóð hún snöggt upp af baðkari

og teygði hendurnar svo hátt til himins

í einhverju bjartsýniskasti að hún

fékk sárt tak í síðuna. Hún smeygði

sér stillilega í mjúkar teygjubuxur sem

einhver hafði smyglað inn til hennar

og lá fyrir það sem eftir lifði þess dags.

 

COLD-SHIVER OIL

 

Once upon a time when Queen Elizabeth

of England was twenty-two she

suddenly stepped out of a bathtub

and raised her hands so high towards the sky

in some fit of optimism that she felt

a stinging stitch in her side. She slowly

slipped into a pair of soft long trousers that

somebody had smuggled into her room

and lay quiet for what remained of the day.

Translation: Pétur Knútsson & Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir

 

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