Taslima Nasrin

(25 August 1962 - / Mymensingh / Bangladesh)

You Go Girl ! - Poem by Taslima Nasrin

They said—take it easy…
Said—calm down…
Said—stop talkin'…
Said—shut up….
They said—sit down….
Said—bow your head…
Said—keep on cryin', let the tears roll…

What should you do in response?

You should stand up now
Should stand right up
Hold your back straight
Hold your head high…
You should speak
Speak your mind
Speak it loudly
Scream!

You should scream so loud that they must run for cover.
They will say—'You are shameless!'
When you hear that, just laugh…

They will say— 'You have a loose character!'
When you hear that, just laugh louder…

They will say—'You are rotten!'
So just laugh, laugh even louder…

Hearing you laugh, they will shout,
'You are a whore!'

When they say that,
just put your hands on your hips,
stand firm and say,
'Yes, yes, I am a whore!'

They will be shocked.
They will stare in disbelief.
They will wait for you to say more, much more…

The men amongst them will turn red and sweat.
The women amongst them will dream to be a whore like you.


Comments about You Go Girl ! by Taslima Nasrin

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/15/2015 6:48:00 AM)


    You should stand up now
    Should stand right up
    Hold your back straight
    Hold your head high…
    You should speak
    Speak your mind
    Speak it loudly
    Scream!

    - ITALIAN:

    È ora di alzarsi in piedi
    In piedi e ben dritta
    Su con la schiena
    A testa alta..
    E parla!
    Dì quello che pensi
    Parla ad alta voce
    Urla!
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012


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