Poem – For Some Years Now – Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasrin  25 Aug 1962 - Till Date Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Taslima Nasrin
25 Aug 1962 – Till Date Mymensingh, Bangladesh


For some years now, I have been standing quite close to death, almost face to face, 

Standing dumb before my mother, my father, some dear people, 

For some years now. 

For some years now I do not know exactly whether I’m dead or alive, 

For some years now the distinction between living and death 

Has gone on reducing till it’s a thread now 

Waving in emptiness. 

For some years now the being that inhabits me within and without 

Has been a horrible, dumb creature, 

The last leaf long gone from its tree, 

Spring gone forever from its life. 

If I die tonight, don’t speak a word, 

Only bury an epitaph under a shiuli tree somewhere, 

An epitaph I’ve written over some years now, 

An epitaph neatly written in white on a white sheet

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