An Ode To Taslima Nasreen
Thoughts clear, mind bare,
The articulate, outspoken
Daughter of Tagore's land
Is pushed into the desert of despair.
Yet, indomitable and intrepid,
Her savage invasion on
God's spoilt brats goes on.
She sheds lights on some
Dark patches of 'ill' literacy,
And the world sees the
Swarming worms, being
Nourished amid filth and dirt,
Vitiating the wind of wisdom.
Here's the war of attrition!
Goaded and enraged,
Spring up the gangs of bigots,
And run with the swords of fatwas
After the daughter of Liberty.
An abode of over a billion;
A haven of all earthly faiths
And the faithless as well;
My Sovereign, Socialist, Secular,
You charm the liberal millions
With your majestic elevation.
But who rules you Mom?
The fearless, greedless, selfless ones?
The champions of freedom
To speak one's heart out?
(Do they) feel the pain
In the pain of the masses?
(Are they) ready to uphold
The truth to keep your image clean?
Dogged by dogmatics
And elbowed by opportunists,
The crestfallen truth-sayer disciple
Of humanism knocks at your door,
Craves for a rest on your lyric lap.
Won't you open it yet?
Mother sobs, and says,
'I can't, I can't, I can't.
My heart shrinks in agony.
Again I am in chain, this time,
Not by the foreigners,
But by my own ones.
The priests of politics
With ugly scratches on
Their souls have tied my hands.
I'm restless and eager
To embrace my daughter.
But, I can't, I can't, I can't, '
Mother rues, sobs and says.
Pulakkumar Ditti's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (An Ode To Taslima Nasreen by Pulakkumar Ditti )
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821)
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Trees, Joyce Kilmer
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
- If, Rudyard Kipling
- Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
- Dreams, Langston Hughes
- Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
- 'Hope' is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson
- Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
Poem of the Day
- Ghazal: In Silence, Mimi Khalvati
- Awaiting for March, Rimni chakravarty
- Of Snowdrape On Winterscape..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
- Made Electric By The Moon, Is It Poetry
- Dawn, Rinzen Norbu
- Season of Laziness, Rimni chakravarty
- There's no tree that won't ever bend, Tanya K.Tuomi
- Dragon is just sleeping, Tanya K.Tuomi
- Impossibility, Tanya K.Tuomi
- An Unemployed Machinist, John Giorno