Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo
Ghost in the political machine
Brain and mind, dead in 1990 from bulemia. Body, dead in 2005 from cardiac arrest resulting from removal of her feeding tube.
And is that Woman all her crew?
Is that a Death? and are there two?
Is Death that Woman's mate?
Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was as white as leprosy,
The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold.
The naked hulk alongside came,
And the twain were casting dice;
"The game is done! I've won! I've won!"
Quoth she, and whistles thrice.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Part III
I mourn for Ms. Schiavo's mind, her body, the Republican party's mind, and the American body politic.