What is the central idea of the peom 'The Ball Poem'.
The central idea behind the poem is an awareness of the pain of loss and the courage it takes to accept it. The boy loses his favourite ball and is very upset. He can easily buy another ball but more than money or the new ball, it is pain of losing the old one that matters the most. This experience becomes an important lesson in his life. The boy takes his first step towards growing up.