englisch What profits (♀)

What profits (♀)Pieces of advice collected from lady friends of mine

Translator: Hans-Christian Oeser
Original title: Was dagegen hilft (♀) (12/04/2008)
published in:
Die Sekunden danach
– Das Gedicht Bd. 16, 10/08; enth. in: Die Sekunden danach; in: A. Grewe/H. Herbst/D. Mendlewitsch: Fliegende Wörter 2011. Münster (Daedalus) 2010.


Early up, out and about,
look over the water,
sniff at coffee beans,
paint your toenails,
go to the hairdresser,
and otherwise: tears, hot-water bottles and rebirth.

Somewhat helpful:
talk about it lots,
change your GP,
pull up your stockings,
finish off those chocolate Nicholasses from the year before,
and according to your whim these parting words: And please
never phone me again.

Not at all helpful:
encouraging words,
power shopping,
camomile tea, fennel tea, green tea,
least of all: your firm resolution
to flirt with complete strangers.

In the end, however, maybe
everything is of some profit,
though paltry
and only for a while.