Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border A Poem by Taslima Nasrin

Hi guys! I have an art journal layout today that I hope will inspire you as we begin a new week and new creative endeavors!

 

I began my layout today inspired by this great poem written by an Bangladeshi woman named Taslima Nasrin. She writes frequently about the experiences of women in her culture and some of the injustices they bear in their life.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

This is the complete poem:

Border
by Taslima Nasrin

I’m going to move ahead.
Behind me my whole family is calling,
my child is pulling at 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.

The part of the poem that resonated with me is the idea of crossing a river, or any journey really, only to find emptiness on the other side.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

The part of the poem that resonated with me is the idea of crossing a river, or any journey really, only to find emptiness on the other side. Recovery can feel an awful lot like crossing a wide river, and finding emptiness on the other side. There is tremendous value in the journey, because you discover things about yourself you never knew.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

And the whole time you are on your journey, you believe once you get to the destination you will have the answers you were looking for. This is true, you will find the answers you are looking for.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

But when you reach that destination, and you look at the emptiness, and you weep at how empty it is. You weep at what you had hoped it would be, what you deserved for it to be.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

And you begin to look inside yourself, since around you is empty. It is there you learn you had the answers inside yourself all along. But you needed the journey to reveal them.

~Theresa