Terri's Thirst

John B. Shea
Reproduced with Permission

For those who were not by her side


For those who were not there


How was it then that Terri died?


She died of ‘comfort care'


She found no aid


In her resort


To every court


A world which kills


Within the womb


Will waft the weakest


To the tomb


A court that contradicts God's word


Becomes at once the tyrant's sword


And all who live


But for the hour


Have put themselves


In Satan's power


The first who would not serve


Terri was among the throng


Whose death is masked


And hurried on


Of those who cannot


Earn their keep


From loved ones torn


And from true caring shorn


Abandoned to their final sleep


Can no one hear that distant bell


Now warning us


That all's not well


That just as in Augustine's day


When Rome was falling in decay


We too


Consumed with self and pride


Have come to terms


With homicide ?

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