Five Falls, Kuttralam

Sridala Swami



A face not so much

an image as an after-image

the dark shred where

the sun had been before

you looked away.

The centre turning

its inside face out.


No, a long hum.


Never sure afterwards

            if you stood there

            if you survived

            if what emerged

out of the water was spectral

or what went into it.



Sridala Swami’s first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor, was published by the Sahitya Akademi [The Indian Academy of Letters] in 2007 and short-listed for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award in 2008. She has written three books for very young children, which were published by Pratham in 2009. Swami blogs at The Spaniard In The Works.