Get Off the Bus!

Ivyevelyn, R.S.A. By Ivyevelyn, R.S.A., 11th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/292e9-fs/
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Was this a dream and a demon's bus?
Who was the conductor who seemed so evil?
The part of the story I know for sure,
A Guardian Angel was really there.

Note: Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on December 1, 1955. She became A Civil Rights Activist and received many accolades during her lifetime. In 1999, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award given by the U.S. legislative branch.

Leaving Home

I walked up the steep hill from my home
At least twenty minutes or thereabouts.
As usual, I was running late
To meet the bus, it would not wait.


The drizzling rain was now destroying
My shoes, my hair-do, and now my mood.
All gave way to my utter frustration,
If I miss the bus my boss will fuss.

At the top of the hill I would see for sure,
It rested there before it turned around.
I reached the place where I could see,
Was anyone waiting, there was only me.

Who Was This Angry Man?

There it was but there was something wrong,
No engine running, the lights turned off.
I knew it could suddenly start up and go,
I don't trust buses, and I should know.

I hurried toward my intended conveyance,
It waited while I got closer and closer.
I was watching it and it was watching me,
I jumped on the step and then I screamed.

I had jumped into a hostile, angry face,
"Get off this bus", he said, "Get off".
My heart began to race, a voice so gruff,
Right there and then I'd had enough.

A Guardian Angel

"What do you mean, get off this bus?"
"This ain't where one gets on", he said
He glared and shook his angry head,
"This is where one gets off", his face so red.

My father taught me well and I sure knew
I would stay right there 'til he went blue.
I looked up and said a prayer,
Miss Rosa Parks, are you there?

Rosa and I stayed on that bus,
She held my hand and we prayed together.
Give us the strength to withstand a threat,
We need not fight, just love each other.

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Aggression, Bus Passengers, Buses, Love For All, Rosa Parks, Unreasonable Behavior

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
I attended the City Literary Institute in London and have a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in English Language.

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Sounds like you encountered what we call here a 'Jobsworth'..someone who won't let common sense get in the way of procedure Ivy..Good on you for sticking it out my friend. Just because he has had a bad day doesn't give him the right to take it out on others..

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author avatar johnnydod
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Well said Ivy

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Songbird: I appreciate your comment, This happened years ago but reading about Rosa Parks reminded me about being ordered to, "Get Off the Bus".

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Johnnydod: My poem makes no sense to anyone who does not know the story of "Rosa Parks". I think I will add an explanation on my page.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

That was an unforgettable experience, dear Ivy, well-written poem.

I wonder how the image that appears on your profile page for this article is missing from this page itself!

I think you can edit this page again to include the image by clicking on "Use this image as the preview" button in the relevant section from "Attach image" formatting option.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Rathnashikamani. Thank you for helping me to change the picture on the preview page.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Rathnashikamani: Thank you for your comment. I think almost everyone has heard of Rosa Parks. If not, the poem makes no sense.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Rathnashikamani: I changed the picture on the profile page because it looked so violent and ugly.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Rosa Parks rings a bell, Ivy. Is she the iconic person in US history who would budge in her seat for the white supremacists during the time of Martin Luther King? I knew it. This is a great characterization of that era, Ivy! Great page. Hugs!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot, Buzz. I am glad you know about Rosa Parks. I think most do, but maybe I should add an explanation to my page, otherwise it makes no sense.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Ohh...would = wouldn't budge..lol sorry.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Good for you Ivy. I just love Miss Rosa parks and what courageous feat she did, for all of human kind, in my own opinion. Good for you my friend for taking a stand. To be honest though, I expect no less coming from you. You are a gem my friend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

I appreciate you, my dear Denise. It didn't occur to me that a few might not know about Rosa Parks. Thank you for your continued support.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent stuff. Loved the approach; hate jobsworths.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

I am sure you knew the story of "Rosa Parks", otherwise the poem makes no sense.

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author avatar Melissa D. Ing
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Ivy, well done indeed! Beautifully written as always.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Melissa. Thanks so much for your comment. Now I am realizing that not everyone knows the story of "Rosa Parks".

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Leaving home...
reminds me 'coming home' of
Scorpions,,
Guardian angel
also reminds me 'send me an angel'
by Scorpions....
Nice work----Ivy...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Rezaul. I listened to 'Coming Home' and 'Send Me an Angel' just now. My favorite music of all time and recently played at my brother 's funeral is Edith Pilaf singing 'No Regrets'.
The pianist looks just like my brother.
http://youtu.be/kFRuLFR91e4.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

I don't think you can use the above, athough I have sent this before in other e-mails.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Rezaul: Now I am beginning to realize that some might not know the story of Rosa Parks.
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses.

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
13th Feb 2012 (#)

reminds of the country song "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner.. thanks my friend

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Feb 2012 (#)

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and how could anyone ever forget Miss Rosa Parks' historic bus trip. Splendid, thank you..

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Very powerful imagery and poem Ivy, well done my friend!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Feb 2012 (#)

How amazing this story is (set to poetry too - wow!), Ivy.
You're my writing star, Ivy - and on that note, this page should have had a star in my reckoning. A BIG yellow Wikinut star.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you my dear friend, Sheila. I worry about you not being well and I need to know that you are O.K. I accept your star and feel honoured to be recognized as worthy in your book.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2012 (#)

An unforgettable experience indeed, Ivy. These replay forever; we can forgive but cannot forget! I have had some "troubling" bus experiences too; once when the bus driver took my card and punched a much higher charge than I was supposed to pay; in fact, I had payed the correct fare just earlier! I was in a hurry to stand up at that time, but that is no excuse!

A defining moment indeed when Rosa Parks enshrined herself into history by standing up for her basic rights! The rest, as they say, is history! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Feb 2012 (#)

ditto to all love .. a very interesting piece...

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