Give it Up!
It was very early in the morning, the streets clean and deserted, I was
on my way to the station. As I compared the tower clock with my watch
I realized it was much later than I had thought and that I had to hurry;
the shock of this discovery made me feel uncertain of the way, I wasn't
very well acquainted with the town as yet; fortunately, there was a
policeman at hand, I ran to him and breathlessly asked the way. He smiled
and said: "You asking me the way?" "Yes," I said, "since I can't find it
myself." "Give it up! Give it up!" said he, and turned with a sudden
jerk, like someone who wants to be alone with his laughter.
Translated by Tania and James Stern