by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934), as Joachim Ringelnatz
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

So fand ich gestern Nachmittag
Language: German (Deutsch) 
So fand ich gestern Nachmittag
In einer Retirade
Ein Stückchen Schokolade,
Das in der Abflußrinne lag.
Zwar leb ich von der Hand in Mund
Und bin durchaus nicht kein Baron,
Doch hab ichs liegen lassen und
Verzichte auf den Finderlohn.

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Yesterday afternoon I found
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Yesterday afternoon I found
While going to the loo
A little piece of chocolate
In the pissing trough, askew.
It's true I live hand to mouth
And no baronial rank have I,
But still I left it lying there;
To such a reward I still say goodbye.

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