Translator’s Lament

Ménage à trois

Time to make the awkward introduction.

Reader, meet your author,

I’ll be your ventriloquist.

Allow me to explain you to you

the whisperer in the wings

doing what ghosts must do.


Pinned between the sheets,

I’ll be piggy in the middle;

a ham sandwich

you could say,

your indispensable partner

in our creative three-way.


So what’s it like, you ask,

being the essential cog?

More like the third wheel,

wallflower at the ball,

ready to be kicked out of bed

when final credits roll.


Only connect!