A Poem for Holy Week

For this Holy Week, I thought I’d share a poem I wrote for a project called “Lament for the Dead” a couple summers ago. The goal of the project was to write poems commemorating real life individuals — on both sides of the law —  who lost their lives in altercations between police and civilians. 

I think it’s important to remember the civil context of Jesus’s death, the way in which the Romans used the terror and torture of crucifixion to maintain control over the peoples they ruled. Writing this poem made me think about the theives on the crosses next to Christ and what their stories might have been.

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