As an international holiday, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his ascent into the divine. According to Christian belief, Jesus rose back from death after his crucifixion was ordered by Pontius Pilate, the governor or Roman “procurator” (or prefect, military commander) of Judea who received inputs from Judas, the quintessential biblical snitch.
In view of this religious holiday, we present a poem that versifies the struggle and rise of those confined to death, disregard and abandonment while striving to survive. The poem as a song of individual and female resilience for the ages is presented here to commemorate the rise of a brown Middle Eastern man and his enduring legacy as the defender of the poor, the healer of the sick and the rescuer of the downtrodden.
Given that the poem ventures far beyond this particular cultural and religious context, it is also presented here quite simply as a perfect example of recitation by its poet. In the current predicament of our times, this poem builds upon the symbolic importance that it already holds the world over. This particular recitation affirms that importance in inspiring and uplifting while also providing solace to those who celebrate its verses, especially in times of great adversity.