Guyana-born Courtney Crum-Ewing
Political activist assassinated in Guyana on March 10, 2015
Like the other poems in her poetry collection My Finer Steel Will Grow, published in 1982, “My Final Gift to Life” was written at a time of civil rebellion in Guyana, culminating in the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney, co-founder of the Working People’s Alliance of which Mahadai Das was a staunch supporter. Her awareness of the risk of overtly opposing the then autocratic government is evident in the opening lines of the poem.
Death would be my final gift to life.
Then: if I must die, I must.