Some times a single timely act of courage by an individual can trigger off such an avalanche of events that it can change the history of a Nation; change the entire history of man kind; Such was the act of Rosa Parks: "She stood up by sitting down!"


(A tribute)

Dec. I, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama

Conversation on a city bus:
"Are you going to stand up?" the bus driver asks
"No," answers Parks
"Well, by God, I'm going to have you arrested,"
"You may do that," Parks responds.

That preceded Parks' arrest

That triggered a 381-day boycott, unrest...

Who was Rosa Parks?

A frail seamstress

Dark and dun,

Occupying the seat of

A white & non!

"She stood up by sitting down."


Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick said

"I'm only standing here because of her!"


At the memorial service,

Rice said:

"I can honestly say
That without Mrs. Parks,
I probably would not be standing
Here as secretary of state today."

Revered by thousands today
For what she did that day

She made Martin Luther King say:

A little frail woman
Dark & dun
Who sat down to stand up!

She was Rosa Parks

Mother of Civil Right's Movement

A picture of quiet Strength:

Of Faith, Hope & Heart of a Woman

Who Changed an entire Nation, and

Without whose quiet act of defiance

Future of thousands would have been today
Dark & Dun...

Author: Zoya Zaidi
Aligarh (UP), India
Copyright : Zoya Zaidi

Poetry by Zoya Zaidi
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Written on 2005-11-01 at 12:00

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We need more poems like this, and more people like Rosa.

I think that your poem about Mrs. Rosa Parks speaks volumes of appreciation of a true legend. This dear lady inspired me to reach for heights that I perhaps would not have otherwise. I think Mrs. Parks should always be remembered for her courage and convictions. She had the courage to face her predicament and the conviction to do something about it that change history for better tomorrows. One can have courage without conviction but you can't have conviction without courage. Mrs. Parks possessed both! Most excellent and thoughtful perspective on Mrs. Parks.

Black Knight
"Fight for your right" - one of my life principles.
Well done. Very interesting topic.

An excellent tribute to the Great Cause Rosa Parks symbolises now.

What a wonderful poem filled with respect, love, and courage. I believe this woman is watching us an angel!

John Ashleigh
Sticking up for your own rights is the most important things in the world. Only in most men and women today, courage is what is needed, yet it is pure seggregation that seem to fail us in times of trouble.

She stood up by sitting down is just like fighting using rubber knifes. :)

Great, 5.

cory Crook
rosa parks R.I.P. Nice poem i really felt the soft strongfelt power in it. She really did give racism and seggragation a backflash to blind the blind that couldnt see. Were all the same, in this game.

Remarkable! Beuatiful! You took the words out of my mouth! Much respect.
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can you imagine, being arrested for not agreeing to comply with, and respect the insane mentality of seggregation? she did more than well to not accept this flagrant lack of respect, and sense... she was indeed very courageous to have stuck her ground with this, considering the times she was living in... but like you say, a single timely act can have a huge impact in the end... Mrs. Parks refused to be treated in this manner, calmly defied the "normal" expectations of the times, and set in motion a revolution, knocking sense into thinking people who witnessed this outrageous outcome... im glad people finally reacted to this nonsense... it should have never been that way in the first place... Mrs. Rosa Parks, a name to never be forgotten... thanks for keeping her memory into the light (where it should always remain)... a wonderful tribute ever shining your precious heart... *hug* xx

yes, let's celebrate the memory of this great woman! the world needs tthat kind of courage.

Well done a fitting tribute to a brave and courageous lady, who by this single act has become a household name the world over.