Savita Tyagi


A Tribute To Selma - Poem by Savita Tyagi

A Tribute To Selma

Today America commemorates
The historic 50th anniversary of Selma
A peaceful march for voting rights
Turned bloody with police brutality
An emotion of gratitude and respect
Arises in my heart for all those
Who rise with courage against injustice
Paving and guiding the way for fairness
Marching, struggling and uniting us all
In an innate, common bond for the
Triumph of shared human spirit
Whether it is Selma for voting rights
Jalianwalla Bag for national freedom
Or Sharpeville rising against apartheid laws
We owe our freedom and liberty
To those fearless souls who without
Any stick or gun, shield or sword
Stood with determination in their hearts
To bridge the gap between
Freedom and slavery by the
Sheer strength of their will and
Righteousness of their thoughts
The power of their soul embedded
In their character so brave and willing
To lay down their life to inspire others
To rise against injustice and cruel humiliation
Of fellow human beings all around the world
Face of evil hidden in each and every place
Crushed each and every time again and again
By their most humble yet courageous efforts
Each of us owe our respect and gratitude
To those who died so we could live
Who suffered so we could be relieved of suffering
Whose vision for us was to have
What they were deprived off
Who fought so we could taste the fruit
Of liberty so forbidden to them
Let those who sacrificed be never forgotten
Never be away from our thoughts
Let their vision of future inspire us all
Let light of freedom shine upon us all.

3.7.2015

Topic(s) of this poem: Tribute


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This morning when I watched the news of Selma's 50th anniversary I realized that I came to this country just few years after that. Over time we have created a bond here with history. At the same time we remember the struggle of our own country happened not too far back. All my thoughts of gratitude came together inspiring me to write this.

Comments about A Tribute To Selma by Savita Tyagi

  • Marianne Reninger (12/8/2015 1:10:00 PM)


    Savita, loved your free verse poem; I have a painting/collage called I've been to the mountaintop you can see on www.mariannelarsenreninger.com dealing similar events. I too am an immigrant from Denmark but now live in N.C. I am working with Dr. Fabrizio on his new anthology, Poets Against Terrorism. He wrote me that we should work as a team to publicize the new ebook when it comes out. Could you contact me at my contact page at the above email address? He also gave me the name, Douglas Stewart, but I couldn't find him (only a deceased poet from New Zealand) . He's assigned teams of 3 or 4 poets to work together. When you write me, let me know where you are living now. Will enjoy reading more of your work and hope you read mine too! Marianne Reninger (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (3/21/2015 8:08:00 PM)


    WOW, WOW, WOW! ! ! I could find nothing wrong with this magnificent write. i've sent it to MyPoemList for the message it gives and for the fine writing. I'm not much of a 'joiner', but if i had lived in alabama (or close by) and had the means to attend the march, i would have been very tempted to do so, and willing to give of myself to help get human rights for others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Savita!

    my favorite lines:

    To bridge the gap between
    Freedom and slavery by the
    Sheer strength of their will and
    Righteousness of their thoughts

    very nice!

    bri :)
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  • Tushar Ray (3/17/2015 8:31:00 PM)


    To lay down their life to inspire others - This is the crux of a hero. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you Savita! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (3/10/2015 11:55:00 PM)


    Each of us owe our respect and gratitude
    To those who died so we could live

    This I feel is the crux of your poem, Savita! The freedom and comforts we enjoy today have been built upon the sacrifice, hard toil and the fighting spirit of generations and generations of men imbued by a sense of fairness and an indefatigable thirst for justice ! It is incumbent on us to remember them with gratitude ! A great and timely tribute!
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  • Akhtar Jawad (3/10/2015 10:48:00 PM)


    Whether it is Selma for voting rights
    Jalianwalla Bag for national freedom
    Or Sharpeville rising against apartheid laws
    We owe our freedom and liberty
    A nice gratitude.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 8, 2015


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