Taslima Nasrin

(25 August 1962 - / Mymensingh / Bangladesh)

Border - Poem by Taslima Nasrin

I'm going to move ahead.
Behind me my whole family is calling,
My child is pulling my sari-end,
My husband stands blocking the door,
But I will go.
There's nothing ahead but a river.
I will cross.
I know how to swim,
but they won't let me swim, won't let me cross.

There's nothing on the other side of the river
but a vast expanse of fields,
But I'll touch this emptiness once
and run against the wind, whose whooshing sound
makes me want to dance.
I'll dance someday
and then return.

I've not played keep-away for years
as I did in childhood.
I'll raise a great commotion playing keep-away someday
and then return.

For years I haven't cried with my head
in the lap of solitude.
I'll cry to my heart's content someday
and then return.

There's nothing ahead but a river,
and I know how to swim.
Why shouldn't I go?

I'll go.


Comments about Border by Taslima Nasrin

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

    the last line-I'll go

    yes; you must go, must come
    no hindrance strikes you.........
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  • Khairul Ahsan (12/18/2018 8:46:00 PM)

    'For years I haven't cried with my head
    in the lap of solitude' - the best line of the poem, a unique expression!
    Liked the philosophy of the poem- there is nothing so special beyond the border, yet the will to cross the border is important, and one needs courage to do that. The poetess emphasizes on that courage.
    Loved the comment of Adrian Flett too.
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  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (12/18/2018 5:38:00 PM)

    I love her determination to cross the border, to go. Well penned, bravely penned. (Report)Reply

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  • Bill Cantrell (12/18/2018 4:21:00 PM)

    I love the uniqueness of your flow of words, great poem! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (12/18/2018 1:37:00 PM)

    Congratulation..... very nostalgia...good poem... (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/18/2018 1:26:00 PM)

    I know how to swim! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Tamara Beryl Latham (12/18/2018 11:36:00 AM)

    An excellent poem that exposes the lives of those who are confined; yet, for a brief moment in time, contemplate escape. I loved it. Keep writing! : -) (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (12/18/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    A powerful write on freedom.
    Very moving.
    Liked the penultimate stanza and the closure line.
    Well crafted write.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/18/2018 5:56:00 AM)

    It is the feeling one gets when one gets suffocated in one place with many restrictions. One must seek freedom from bondage. A great poem on human desire of seeking freedom. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (12/18/2018 5:28:00 AM)

    For years I haven't cried with my head
    in the lap of solitude.
    I'll cry to my heart's content someday
    and then return.

    There's nothing ahead but a river,
    and I know how to swim.
    Why shouldn't I go?

    I'll go. - - - - - - - - - A wonderful poem- - - -the desire to jump the blocks and limitations to be oneself.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (12/18/2018 3:49:00 AM)

    beautiful poetic expression on mental stability in this chaotic world
    ///
    The far
    Across the river
    vast heart to engulf
    vast lap to absorb
    the black pain
    the dark blue pain of chaotic world

    dear
    come, swim lonely
    live alone, break the chain
    drop the tears and tears
    slake the weighed heart
    feel free and come back with purified liberal mind
    .../// lovely poem
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/18/2018 3:03:00 AM)

    A marvelous write by Taslima Nasrin👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (12/18/2018 2:39:00 AM)

    Ethnicity, cultural differences and language keep on creating 'Borders'. This poem creates that sense of frustration vey well. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/18/2018 2:11:00 AM)

    It is but the border segregating mankind, cartographic mapping, but the political mapping with vested interests of ism, sect, custom, culture and ideology the politicians politicking. But instead of it, the conservative syndrome is the worst of all, the fanatics wreaking havoc, spelling doom. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (12/18/2018 1:34:00 AM)

    Let this be the voice of those who are oppressed through past many centuries and show their true strength and calibre. You are a role model, Taslima Nasreen, for others. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/18/2018 12:45:00 AM)

    Yoy have astutely and touchingly inscribed this poem dear madam, a reader can perceive your feeling. Let me cite...There's nothing ahead but a river, / and I know how to swim. / Why shouldn't I go? / I'll go.
    A beautiful poem has been shared amazingly. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.
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  • Rajnish Manga (12/6/2016 11:41:00 AM)

    The poet has been hounded out of her country by an orthodox society because of her unconventional views The poem gives an insight view of her tides and tribulations as well as the firmness of her determination not to bog down by challenges that came her way. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Vishal Sharma (11/3/2015 11:09:00 AM)

    wonderful poetry by a woman with an iron heart (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 7:39:00 PM)

    Wonderful Taslima. An honor to read (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012


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