No, thanks

No, I don't want to drop over for a meal
on my way home from work.
No, I'd much prefer you didn't feel obliged
to honour me by crashing overnight.
No, I haven't the slightest curiosity about seeing
how your attic conversion finally turned out.
No, I'm not the least bit interested to hear
the low-down on your Florida holiday.
No way am I going to blow a Friday night's freedom
just to round out numbers at your dinner table.
No, I'm simply not able for the excitement
of your school-term coffee mornings.
No, strange though it may seem, your dream kitchen
holds no fascination whatsoever for me.
No, there's nothing I'd like less than to get
together at your product launch reception.
No, I regret I can't squeeze your brunch into my schedule
- you'll be notified should an opening occur.
No, I don't appear to have received an invitation
to your barbecue - it must have gone astray.
No, my cellphone was out of range, my e-mail caught a virus,
I had run out of notepads, parchment, discs, papyrus.
No, you can take No for an answer, without bothering
your head to pop the question.
No, even Yes means No in my tongue, under my breath:
No, absolutely not, not a snowball's chance, not a hope.

Ne, hvala

Ne, nočem se ustavit na kosilu
spotoma iz službe.
Ne, bolj bi mi bilo všeč, če ne bi mislila,
da me moraš počastiti in prespati tukaj.
Ne, prav nič me ne zanima,
kako tvoja prenovljena mansarda končno izgleda.
Ne, niti najmanj nočem slišati
podrobnosti o tvojih počitnicah na Floridi.
Niti slučajno se ne bom odrekel prostosti petka zvečer,
samo zato, da bi zapolnil mizo za tvojo večerjo.
Ne, preprosto ne zmorem vznemirjenja
tvojih jutranjih kav med šolskim letom.
Ne, čeprav se mogoče zdi čudno, tvoja sanjska kuhinja
me nikakor ne fascinira.
Ne, nič mi ni hujše kot to, da se
dobiva na tvoji zabavi za promocijo izdelka.
Ne, žal mi je, ampak ne morem stlačit opoldanskega kosila v svoj urnik
– obveščena boš, če mi kaj odpade.
Ne, kot kaže nisem dobil povabila
na piknik – verjetno je kje zašlo.
Ne, mobilec ni imel signala, e-mail mi je napadel virus,
zmanjkalo mi je blokcev, pergamenta, diskov, papirusa.
Ne, razumi odgovor kot Ne, še preden ti pade na pamet,
da bi postavila vprašanje.
Ne, celo Ja v mojem jeziku pomeni Ne, pritajeno:
Ne, nikakor ne, niti pičice možnosti, niti malo upanja.

Iz angleščine prevedla Ana Pepelnik.