Don't see me as a useless blind shell and throw me away in disgust For a minute hold me to your ear with patience. Through me you can listen to infinite roars of the ocean. Though you've separated my ocean from me I've assimilated the whole ocean in myself. Whatever inference you draw from that roar, I speak that language.
Naren Bedide's translation of Sikhamani's Telugu poem 'aalcippa' from his collection of poetry, muvvala chEtikarra. The original translation appeared on The Shared Mirror on November 24, 2011. It can be read here