Taslima Nasrin

(25 August 1962 - / Mymensingh / Bangladesh)

Freedom - Poem by Taslima Nasrin

Let all of you together find a fault with me,
at least a fault you all jointly work out,
or else, a harm shall befall you.
Let you all combine speak out why you've sent me in exile.
Say: Taslima, you're at the root of a pestilence, infant deaths
or you've committed as atrocious a crime as rape or genocide;
Say something like this, at least two or three of the stigmas to substantiate my banishment.
Until you detect a suitable blemish in me,
until you make me stand in the witness box,
to raise your accusing fingers in spiteful wrath at your black sheep,
how can you pardon yourselves?
Had you been able to say where I'm wrong,
the pangs of banishment wouldn't have engulfed me so harrowingly.
I'm eager to see you detect my wrong,
so that I can embrace you as my well-wishers.

Name my fault that made you ostracize me,
specify at least a loophole in my character.
By apportioning a blame on me,
you ensure your own acquittal.
Why should you let the history frown at you?
Why have you eclipsed the light of civilization,
by rooming with the darkness of medievalism?

Establish a cause for your action,
and if you can't,
then set me free,
not to save me,
but for your own survival.

[Translated by Sujal Bhattacharya]


Comments about Freedom by Taslima Nasrin

  • (11/21/2017 8:54:00 PM)


    I really liked this poem of freedom. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/21/2017 4:48:00 PM)


    Please see the comment here

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/21/2017 4:44:00 PM)


    Set me free like a bee! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (11/21/2017 4:36:00 PM)


    'Why should you let the history frown at you? '
    So powerful are your words Taslima.
    Heartfelt and I truly have been blessed in my life time.
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  • Susan Williams (11/21/2017 4:19:00 PM)


    What an intelligent poem and a well-done translation. I must read more by her- she has a defiant grit. She mkes me want to join the war- on her side. 10 (Report) Reply

  • Shakira Nandini (11/21/2017 1:38:00 PM)


    Very High, Excellent, I greet your brave anyway.
    Be happy wherever you live. live long
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/21/2017 1:34:00 PM)


    Such a great powerful poem, Taslima... congrats for being chosen.. a perfect 10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Bill Cantrell (11/21/2017 1:10:00 PM)


    Brilliantly penned! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/21/2017 1:06:00 PM)


    The poet has succinctly outlined the sufferings inflicted on her so brazenly and in a barbaric manner.
    Say something like this, at least two or three of the stigmas to substantiate my banishment.
    Establish a cause for your action.... and if you can't.... then set me free,
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  • (11/21/2017 10:30:00 AM)


    This is a master piece by a master and outstanding poetess.........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (11/21/2017 9:09:00 AM)


    Name my fault that made you ostracize me,
    specify at least a loophole in my character.
    By apportioning a blame on me,
    you ensure your own acquittal.
    Why should you let the history frown at you?

    A great fighter you are, for a cause, for humanity.
    Thanks for the sharing and congrats for this day.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (11/21/2017 8:10:00 AM)


    Let you all combine speak out why you've sent me in exile.
    Say: Taslima, you're at the root of a pestilence, infant deaths
    or you've committed as atrocious a crime as rape or genocide;
    Say something like this, at least two or three of the stigmas to substantiate my banishment.
    - - - - - -Very pertinent questions raised. Is calling a spade a spade more sinister than the above crimes so as to be banished from homeland? Thanks for sharing the brave female voice from Bangladesh.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/21/2017 6:37:00 AM)


    Those who are responsible for your banishment must feel the your pain and realise the mistake. Beautiful poetry. Straight from the heart. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (11/21/2017 6:10:00 AM)


    Freedom is about being as free as a bird. No cage, no bar! Just an empty sky to roam any time of the day, and to express oneself freely. There is no boundary, no limit. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (11/21/2017 6:08:00 AM)


    Freedom is about being as free as a bird. No cage, no bar! Just an empty sky to roam any time of the day, and ro express oneself freely. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/21/2017 5:45:00 AM)


    my hats off to a character which is filled with the valor to rise against injustice, and the oppression her own clan has faced. Beautifully worded poem expresses amply the insight she carries. Congratulations for your being positioned No.1 of the kind. Thanks for sharing the thought provoking poem. Please write more of the kind. X (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/21/2017 3:30:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2017 3:02:00 AM)


    It moves like a missile of words. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (11/21/2017 12:18:00 AM)


    An excellent poem. To be outspoken is the crime most of us would be convicted of. I am with you.

    Robert
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  • (11/21/2017 12:15:00 AM)


    Establish a cause for your action,
    and if you can't,
    then set me free,
    not to save me,
    but for your own survival.
    -A great piece!
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012


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