Small Type Steel Balls by Selvasankaran

I swallowed a small type steel ball
I don’t know how I got hold of it
When it was in my hand, I wondered what if I swallow it
Wherever I hid it, I found it again
A steel ball like that,
I did not know a place to keep it where I won’t find it again
I swallowed it suddenly
When it was in my hand, my hand itched
I had to control one hand with another
Biting my hand to hold it down, I had to fight myself
I would have ended up tying both my hands to a tree
With insides already broken, I didn’t want the same for outside, so
I had a treatment and a small mistake happened
The steel ball got stuck inside
Only a surgeon could save me
I pleaded the surgeon to save me
He asked me to tell something about the steel ball
I laid down, and told him
Sir, it is a steel ball I have to swallow again.

by Rashmy

Translated from Tamil, Poem and the drawing from Kalachuvadu Feb 2021.



Writ-er, Translator, Eternally wondering what’s so special about yellow flowers, living in the wastelands between Tamil and English!

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store