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Friday, May 20, 2005
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Some say we die each day
Lawyers and judges have their say
It’s okay to inject poison
In those sentenced by their peers
But to hasten death in an otherwise
Decayed body is deemed an egregious act

Funny how we need help
To arrive into this world
But we cannot seek guidance to leave it
A paradox obtuse and equivocal
Legalism dictates rights along a continuum
Along a continuum called life

What if our forefathers were wrong?
That the pursuit of happiness
Is not an inalienable right
But a cruel twist of fate
Promulgated on the sick and infirmed
With no hope of joining the living

So why do you wish to die?
Is it because you’re afraid to live?
Perhaps numbness precludes pain
Is it sane?
To ask someone you love
To end your life?

Euthanasia—an oxymoron
For those who want death with dignity
What honor exists in dying?
Just because your legs and arms
Cannot talk to your brain
Is it reason to stake your claim?

Those dying and denied their right
To secure their ultimate freedom
While others will accuse
Those who refuse
To remain alive
In a body already dead


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Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 1/21/2007
Wow, A! Powerful, powerful write!
I especially understand lines:
'For those who want death with dignity
What honor exists in dying?
Just because your legs and arms
Cannot talk to your brain'
My pop was a full Quadriplegic.
Thank you for sharing your empathy!
Love, Suzie :-D
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/20/2005
Excellent poem!
We have a screwed up justice system. No politician wants to deal with it!...This is one of those subjects that has so many aspects to it there can never be a true concensus. Religious versus secular, and different denominations disagree...when things are so complex, we must follow a standard of majority, or we live in chaos.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/20/2005
Fantastic write with questions we all wonder about.
Reviewed by Wayne Porter 5/20/2005
Right on and write on!!!!!
Sometimes life is a sentence worse than death
but there are always people who can't or won't
realize that.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 5/20/2005
Yes and I still say that it should be taught in life sceinces about living wills etc. But recently it came to light that Terry Schiavo's name was on a deed to a house she owned with Micheal and he could not sell it as she could not sign the deed over to him. The only way that he could so so was for her to die.
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