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Gnanakoothan ( R. Ranganathan )

I Tightened The Screw

I tightened the screw
Saw in my mind
What budded at the neck
I searched for the pen
Took it up.

Enough ?
Should I pour some more ?
Easy to close
Difficult to open
If closing itself
Were difficult !

In the barrel of the pen
Opened easily
Like soundless words
I blew over them
Pricked them with a pen.
Not one of them broke
I poured the ink
Over the ink.
Up came a cloud of bubbles
Spurting out.
I tightened the screw.
Trembled at the neck
What I saw in the mind.

Translated by M. S. Ramaswami

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