Taslima Nasrin

(25 August 1962 - / Mymensingh / Bangladesh)

Another Life - Poem by Taslima Nasrin

Women spend the afternoon squatting on the porch,
picking lice from each other's hair.
They spend the evening feeding the little ones,
lulling them to sleep in the glow of the bottle lamp.
The rest of the night
they offer their back to be slapped and kicked by the men of the house
or sprawl half-naked on the hard wooden cot.
Crows and women greet the dawn together,
the women blowing into the oven to start the fire,
tapping on the back of the winnowing tray with five fingers
and, with two, picking out the stones.
Half their lives women pick stones from the rice.
All their lives stones pile up in their hearts,
no one there to touch them even with two fingers.


Comments about Another Life by Taslima Nasrin

  • Britte Ninad (4/26/2019 1:02:00 AM)

    oh our woman
    and we the male ego

    ferociously we make the life......!
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/22/2018 10:55:00 PM)

    Ho ho ho ho
    O' Women!
    do not sleep more
    do not give the back
    do not comb your hair
    do not use scent
    do not wear new cloths for evening STAR!
    do not lull your dream for night GEAR!

    Be aware! Be aware!
    Be together! Be together!
    This world is cow-shed! House of OX SIR!

    //// wonderful, nice and great she is- love her writings
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  • Khairul Ahsan (9/22/2018 8:32:00 PM)

    'Half their lives women pick stones from the rice.
    All their lives stones pile up in their hearts,
    no one there to touch them even with two fingers.' - The poem ends beautifully.
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  • Khairul Ahsan (9/22/2018 8:31:00 PM)

    The poem is an imagery that depicts the life of common women in rural Bangladesh.
    'lulling them to sleep in the glow of the bottle lamp' - loved this line, particularly the words 'bottle lamp' instead of lantern.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/22/2018 1:40:00 PM)

    How a woman is deprived of love from her family is so touchingly and incisively inscribed in this poem. She has to perform the domestic works whole the day. At evening she feeds little ones, and lulls them. At night she offers her body to her husband or sprawls him. From the very beginning of the morning she gets up from the bed. The last three lines are much impressive. A beautiful poem so touchingly delineated. Thanks and congratulations for the poem of the day.10 (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (9/22/2018 1:39:00 PM)

    I don't think that the life of a woman has changed much over the past 50 years in the impoverished regions of the sub-continent. It shows the bitter truth. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/22/2018 10:35:00 AM)

    The bitter truth in a woman's life. very touching and emotionally powerful. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (9/22/2018 4:18:00 AM)

    Such an emotionally packed write....I vote 10
    Thanks for sharing with us
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  • (9/22/2018 3:54:00 AM)

    Oh! this is extraordinary and very touching.....real anguish expressed by a woman in a male dominated society.....
    very well scripted........thanks for sharing.........10++++
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  • Catherine Habbie (9/22/2018 3:33:00 AM)

    That is interesting imagery. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/22/2018 2:36:00 AM)

    Women! !

    Facing the ways of life on earth.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • (7/11/2012 9:08:00 AM)

    this is indeed a very sensitive poem, you succeed to demonstrate the whole life of woman in one ordinary day...amazing...I liked it. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012


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