Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Rosa Parks Halloween 2005—Patrick Murfin Poetry. After her death that year, Rosa Parks had the unheard of honor for a private citizen who never held high civil or military office of being laid in state in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. Tens of thousands filed silently by her coffin on October 31—Halloween. I was inspired to write a poem by news coverage of the solemn event. With unwarranted audaciousness, I chose to write in her voice.