I am straining with every last sinew, But today is just like yesterday - Got me cornered, got me in view, And theyíll joyfully chase down their prey. From the fir trees, shots are bursting From the huntersí guns hid in the shade, In the cold white snow, the wolves are tumbling - Theyíre living targets, a shooting arcade. The wolf-hunt has begun - itís drawing nigh. Veterans and cubs - come on wolves, letís go! The dogs bark ítil theyíre sick; the beaters loudly cry Lines of red flags- and blood upon the snow. Itís as equals hunters and wolves begin, But the huntersí hands will not shake. The line of red flags has blocked us in. So they beat boldly, make no mistake. There are customs wolves cannot break, Lessons learned as cubs our lives define. In every drop of motherís milk we take, We suck the rule: "Donít cross the redline." The wolf-hunt has begun - itís drawing nigh. Veterans and cubs - come on wolves, letís go! The dogs bark ítil theyíre sick; the beaters loudly cry Lines of red flags and blood upon the snow. Our legs are fast and our jaws are strong - Why, leader, tell us why, we call? Why do they pursue us with shots so long - We arenít breaking any laws at all. But a wolfs no choice; this is our law. So my time will end the same. And now the one I am intended for Lifts his gun, smiles and takes aim. The wolf-hunt has begun - itís drawing nigh. Veterans and cubs - come on wolves, letís go! The dogs bark ítil theyíre sick; the beaters loudly cry - Lines of red flags and blood upon the snow. But I will break the red flag line - The thirst for life is stronger in me - And I hear with glee from far behind The startled cries following me! I am straining every last sinew, But then today is not like yesterday - Got me cornered, got me in view, But this time the hunters lost their prey. The wolf-hunt has begun - itís drawing nigh. Veterans and cubs - come on wolves, letís go! The dogs bark ítil theyíre sick; the beaters loudly cry - Lines of red flags and blood upon the snow.
© John Farndon + Olga Nakston. Translation, 2022
© Anthony Cable. Performance, 2022