Taslima Nasrin

(25 August 1962 - / Mymensingh / Bangladesh)

Live - Poem by Taslima Nasrin

If you tell the truth, people get angry,
don't tell the truth anymore, Taslima
This time is not the time of Gallelio.
This is twenty first century,
but society would outcast you if you tell the truth,
Nations would force you to leave their land,
The State would put you in prison,
Torture you,
Don't tell the truth,.
Instead, lie.

Say the sun is revolving around the earth,
Say the moon has its own light, like the sun.
Say the mountains are nailed to the earth, so that the earth
does not fall off the empty space.
Claim the women are made out of the ribs of men,
Insist one neck-bone of women is crooked,
Vouch all men and women would suddenly wake up from their graves
and rise from the ashes in their youthful splendor,
And that from here, they would go to heaven or hell for eternity

Just lie Taslima.

Say stars, planets and satellites, universe and
Gravity are thunderous lies. Also say, men never landed on moon. Simply lie.
If you lie, you would no more be in exile.
You would have a country of your own, you would get friends.
Will be free from your chains, you will see light and the sky.
Nobody will throw you inside the dark, inhuman, dungeon of death,
So never tell the truth, Taslima,


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  • Dimitrios Galanis (3/13/2016 2:15:00 PM)

    Here the answer would sound ''Better die than lie'' (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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