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Mercy, No!
by Rhonda S Galizia
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Before it was politically was morally evil.

For in Him, we live, move, and have our being, as also some of your poets have said...Apostle Paul, Acts 17:28

Mercy, No!

Victim of stroke.  Victim of penury.  Victim of "family care".
Tucked out of sight.  Cold and dreary attic.  Placed in old rocking chair.

Sunrise to sunset.  Facing dirt-streaked window. Spilling her bladder there.
Balled, blue-veined fists.  Linked perseverance. Humiliating affair.


Today, a sparrow.  Beyond the window.  Perched on a telephone line.
Scarred telephone pole.  Reminds her of The Cross.  Lingers in her mind...

God's amazing grace!  Spared total paralysis.  Mind, still intact.
Able to think.  To understand.  To pray.  Ever so grateful for that.

Face grotesque.  Right side drooping.  Slobbering
grunts and groans.  Despair.
Family "visits".  Once a day.  Act like she's not even there.

Tonight, huddled.  Bizarre little pod.  Nodding.  One accord.
Sinister whispers.  Secret disclosed.  Grandson locked the door!


Icy hand of fear.  Creeping up her spine.  Gripping
her thundering heart.
"Ahhrr-rrr," she breathes. Her mind perceives. "AHR-RRGH!"  Body spasms.  Fists apart.

Doctor deviates from group.  Hypodermic in hand.  Looking quite insane!
"It's all right, Grandmother."  Spoken with conviction.  "For I will end your pain."


Last thought:
"Oh God, forgive him
his sin and his blindness;
he truly believes...he is



C.2006 Rhonda S. Galizia  All Rights Reserved.
Published, Best Poems of 1998
Recorded, Sound of Poetry



*Being the [step] daughter of an MD who served Mankind for 50 years, I am always painfully aware of so-called "medical advances".  Just because one may achieve a desired purpose, does not mean it is to be condoned as a practice!  i.e. Euthanasia.

This poem was particularly hard for me to post today, for two reasons:
[1] Just three years after it was published, I had a massive stroke of my own!  No matter what people think, we can and do hear everything you say - even if we can't respond.

[2]The untimely and ungodly murder of Teri Shivo.  I still get sick over it...Way back in the 1980's, Papa said, man was stepping on God's Feet, meaning man was usurping authority that was never meant to be his.  I take my comfort in knowing that God Himself is Teri's Avenger!


##I hereby dedicate this to her lovely memory.##


~ There is a way...which seems right to men, but the ends, thereof,...are the ways of death...Proverbs 14:12  ~



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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 2/9/2011
Wow...this is a highly moving write.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 11/30/2009
This is a shocking and horrific poem. It's made even more terrible by the fact that it really happens, here, now. Your love and respect for God-given life and your compassion for the suffering ones has enabled you to write this important work. It certainly makes one stop and question, "What can I do to stop this injustice?"
God bless you and your pen mightily and continually.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/10/2008

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 9/13/2008
So powerful write, brought tears to my eyes, take care, Valerie
Reviewed by J M 2/4/2007
This one my sister as you know touches me very deeply working with Nursing Homes and The Elderly this is a powerful poem which as of this moment after reading I am so choked up I can't find the words to explain my anger, pain, and shame in not being able to do more than I do. I pray every morning for these dear ones. I ask the Lord to even open those doors and give them back the minds, bodies, strength they need to walk out of these nursing homes. I always pray they will be treated with his compassion,. love, and made comfortable, respected and loved. And if in care with families they do like wise or give them to places that can deliver such attention...
GLORY TO GOD you and others Speak out SISTER RHONDA>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>This was powerful...... Still crying.

God Bless,
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/24/2006
Poignant write. The State of Oregon has taken that gastly step in so called humanity and dignity of man put them to sleep like a dog. God help us. You have portrayed it well in this heart rendering write.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 5/23/2006
Euthanasia is an anathema before God and his Angels....
And your own courage is truly inspiring and uplifting
Thanks for posting this...
Love and Peace
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