Rings Around Rosa
Her casket the size of a child,
she lies in the Capitol rotunda
honored by a country that did not
welcome her quiet rebellion,
her reminder of what children
already know – that we are
all born free.
later, presidents and priests
sing her praises while children
retell her story on classroom stages
and millions weep gratefully in
their hearts for her life of courage.
She had no children of her own
but everyone needed her
for their mother,
from kings to country women:
She gave us faith
She gave us hope
She gave us love
and these three rings around Rosa
grew into pillars of freedom.