Posted by Jerry Gervase

She didn’t give up her seat on that crisp December day

deep in the south, deep in our history. I wonder what

went through her mind as she sat quietly on the bus in the seat

that was rightfully hers; sat quietly waiting to be arrested. I wonder

whether she hummed an old spiritual while rocking like a nervous

teapot on a gas burner; or whether she cussed the bigotry

that dictated she stand when her feet hurt; or if she prayed for a pardon

for her attitude that would grudgingly change attitudes.  Probably not.

I think she felt a chill on her soul from fear of what might happen next.

I think she worried about when she would get home. If she would get home;

how she would let anyone know where she was.

I would have worried about what in the name of Jesus I had just done.

About the kind of treatment I’d get in jail from folks who wouldn’t even

let me sit down on a bus. That’s what I’d be thinking sitting there alone

while the wind-blown street grit stuck to the window like dirt

under fingernails; while yellow-eyed crackers were calling for my hide.

But she sat there settling in like silent prayer. She did not give up her seat.

She did not give up her dignity as she faced the man alone

without a choir of amens and not a single you go, girl to comfort her.

And she did not give up her faith, a mustard seed she hurled against Injustice.

Faith that would someday lay that tyrant at her tired feet.



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8 Responses to IN MEMORIAM: ROSA PARKS FEB 4 1913 – OCT 24 2005

  1. Lori says:

    Awh! thank you for remembering and reminding us the impact of one special woman in history and the lives that were changed because of her.

  2. Ellen says:

    That was a lovely tribute.

  3. gin says:

    Jerry that was beautiful. Always good to be reminded of those who fought the noble fight. On September 14, 2013 I hope you’ll post an ode to another noble fighter, Margaret Sanger. While all African-Americans owe a thank you to Rosa Parks, all American women (no matter what their race) owe a thank you to Margaret Sanger.

  4. Jerry Gervase says:

    Gin, thanks. Rosa is one of my personal heroes. (heroines?)

  5. Deb Schulte says:

    Always Great to hear your good thoughts My Friend! From Deb

  6. Jerry Gervase says:

    Thank you. Always interested in how you found me

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