Dear Terri Schiavo
How cool are you?
You got the president, the congress and senate
to fly in the middle of the night to write a law just for you
No one has ever done that before
Let the truth be known, it didn’t really matter
whether you moral fiber was in your body or in heaven
your true purpose in life came forth through
the thousands who now made living wills
because of your indelible spirit
Even when the media would show your disfigured
face and body hundreds of times a day
People still saw your incredible light on both sides of the fight
I stand in awe of your importance,
to turn a misguided mistake into
a life lesson for all in a hugger-muggering state of being
It’s true, your family, husband and others will continue
to fight for what they believe is right
In time all will settle back into steady routine of life
Whereas, your altruistic purpose shall be carried out
with dignity from this day forward
You made a mark, stand and made me shed
many a tear, both sad and joyful,
even though I have never met you
Now how cool is that
Edward K. Deputy
| thank you Ed for writing this. I was going to write a poem from Terri's perspective but I thought it might get a lot of flak, so I didn't do it. But yours is a tribute and a triumph showing that what she went through was not for nothing. Something good came of it. May she rest in peace with the Pope, Prince Rainier, Johnny Cochran, and the many other great souls who have left this earth of late. Bless you.||| Posted on 2005-04-09 00:00:00 | by sierramuse8 | [ Reply to This ] || Terri Shiavo deserves to have something written for her. I believe that her husband didn't let the doctors do all they could because he really didn't want to be married to her anymore. I also believe that he didn't want a divorce because he had to much pride in himself to do so. That's why he took her off the feeding tubes. I feel like her murdered his wife just because of his own insecurities that he has. He was living with another woman while Terri was in the hospital dying. He also abused her, from what I've heard, when she was able to move around. I'm like my mom Terri Shiavo was not brain dead because she could move her eyes. Her husband is someone who I could just tell "You should have just divorced her instead of killing her like you did." That's just my opinion though. Forgive me if my words seemed harsh but that's just what I think.||| Posted on 2005-04-09 00:00:00 | by manda_bear | [ Reply to This ] || I am glad that someone besides me was brave enough to write about this case. Someone not from South Florida. Great write by the way. For some reason I like how you didn't tell your stance on the situation opposed to me being blatently pro-life. This gives the reader an opportunity to think for themselves rather than debate. You're the best!|
|| Posted on 2005-04-06 00:00:00 | by xtremegentleman | [ Reply to This ] || yeah. That was one heart-wretching story that we were all drawn into. It's too bad there had to be such a public fight...I think it took away some of her dignity, but as you say, at least we are all left to face our own mortality and how we want it to play out.|
You did a nice job of expresing your feelings on the issue without taking sides. Your choice of words made it even more interesting.
I think S2 L2 you should be your?
Anyway, let me use your own words to describe this piece...you took a hot political topic and without preaching or judging you drew emotions from the reader...now, how cool is that?
|| Posted on 2005-04-06 00:00:00 | by deadndreaming | [ Reply to This ] || So much of what I feel has already been expressed in the comments but I also followed the whole 'dying' of this dear girl and felt very frustrated at times that nothing could be done. I also read the post by sugar-n-spice about her and felt more people should have been reaching out and try to make them put back the tube... but I guess everything happens for a reason even if we are unable to understand it now. You've used wonderful caring words in showing your feelings in the poem and I feel you've done a brilliant job!||| Posted on 2005-04-05 00:00:00 | by Beulah | [ Reply to This ] || Hey there dear. I had been wondering when someone was going to write about this. I had wanted to do so. But found that I couldn't express the exact sentiment that I was aiming for. Terri Schiavo made a huge impact on a lot of people without speaking a word or moving a muscle. I don't think anyone labled as a vegetable could do that all by themselves. God shined through that girls eyes. And I think the reason that so many people were drawn to here story was because of Him. I do hope that things change because of what Terri had to go through. |
This is beautiful Ed. Just absolutely beautiful.
|| Posted on 2005-04-04 00:00:00 | by Juliets_dagger | [ Reply to This ] || I was waiting for someone to speak up and write something on this. I think it was horrible how the let her die. No, I think they MADE her die. But you're right and I never realized it befpore. She did have a light that shone through and it's amazing how she made that difference. Thanx for showing me from your perspective Ed! |
|| Posted on 2005-04-02 00:00:00 | by Chicool2 | [ Reply to This ] || this is plainly stated and how very true. i'm sure she never wanted to be in the middle of such a bitter debate, but her lasting legacy will be that people will make these living wills. i talked to my lover about just this thing the other day. it is so important. Terry rests with the angels and God now, and that is a beautiful thing. no one can use her for their purposes anymore. thanks for writing this.||| Posted on 2005-04-02 00:00:00 | by magnicat | [ Reply to This ] || what I love so much about this piece is your tenderness in expressing your view on this fiery topic. I still don't know where I stand on the whole debate, but I do know that it was inhuman the way she died and that PETA would've been up in arms had she been of the furry persuasion. The point is, we don't even treat our animals so cold. I was touched that you wrote this. It took courage and you tackled it with grace, love, and tenderness. You kept it readable to everyone, from scholars to average joe's who know nothing of poetic words, you were not on a soapbox and I can't find enough compliments for your piece. Take care...Magnolia||| Posted on 2005-04-02 00:00:00 | by Magnolia | [ Reply to This ] || Hey Ed, long time no write. . . i just wanted to Thank you for writing this for Terri. People have got to know that there is something much more deeper than living wills and politics . . . She was a woman once and you captured that. Thanks again. Terri would've been grateful!||| Posted on 2005-04-02 00:00:00 | by calling eve | [ Reply to This ] || This was super Ed. You didn't get into the debate, or wax maudlin or mawkish, but just spoke your mind in a gentle natural way. I loved especially the repeat of the jargon " how cool are you/how cool is that", it cinches the honest empathy that this poem puts forth.The "hugger-muggering does the same, diffuses the potential flood of emotion to a tender evocative level that speaks of caring, supporting, and recognizing the person behind all the hullabaloo. |
No crit possible.
|| Posted on 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | by Silverdog | [ Reply to This ] || Ed, you never cease to amaze me at what a gentle, kind soul you are. The tenderness you have shown here, is that same tenderness you show to everyone, no matter who. This is indeed a beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing it with us.|
P>S> and I agree, how cool is that.
|| Posted on 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | by wannabe1 | [ Reply to This ] || Bravo ED for a well writen tribute to a women who was used as a mighty instrument of God!|
I feel ignorant about not knowing what "hugger-muggering " means could you enlighten me? Again this verse is wonderful!
~always with love Cheryl~
|| Posted on 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | by ladyngold | [ Reply to This ] || I too fond irony in knowing someone that wasn't able to fight for her rights had the whole country fighting it for her.. I don't kow if i't s a rumor, but I heard some millionaire in Cali offered the husband a million to keep her alive.... she has definatly struck a cord in a lot of ppl's hearts and lives.... well at least now she is resting peacefully.||| Posted on 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | by mimi | [ Reply to This ] || I liked this...that is corny to say but I just thought this was a completely honest piece of muse i've come across in some time..|
I was surprised that yesterday didnt find us reading more posts of this Angel...good job!
|| Posted on 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | by Brownsdelight | [ Reply to This ] || what a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman who endured a most difficult death, but was so loved in life. i guess, the things that one can say now are the the same as those mentioned in your piece. I find comfort in that she is no longer suffering, and she is now a legacy. beautuful ed!||| Posted on 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | by stolie77 | [ Reply to This ] || Hey, bud! I am back, and this was a great write. So important and full of meaning. I hope that most people see this subject the same way you do. It just proves that everyone has a mission in life, even the ones who are unable to fulfill it themselves. Great peice!|
|| Posted on 2005-06-15 00:00:00 | by Indigo Kid | [ Reply to This ] |