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  February 2006
volume 4 number 1
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  Marianne LaValle-Vincent
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Lisa Helene Donovan
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    Lisa Helene Donovan graduated summa cum laude from Bradley University with a degree in Radio/Video/Photo and a minor in Creative Writing. Her final project, the chapbook Imperfect Phrases, was supervised by Kevin Stein who is currently the Poet Laureate of Illinois. Imperfect Phrases is now available in its second edition with additional poems. Her career includes adventures in Hollywood as a development exec and in education as a special education teacher and tutor. She writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her design work includes print and web projects for personal and professional purposes. A native of Oak Forest, Illinois, she is now a resident of Valley Village, California.

   

 

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.

copyright 2005 Lisa Helene Donovan