One Voice — Part One

by JHS, Esq.

It’s been a long week of little sleep. I’ve been glued to the t.v., waiting to hear the latest developments in the Schiavo matter, listening to the various commentators and, in many instances, yelling back at the t.v. because they are so woefully ignorant about the true facts of the case. All of it causes me — and my client, Florence Wendland (see below) — to relive our days battling for Robert Wendland’s life and reexperience those emotions.

Since last night, when I heard that the Schindlers’ appeal had been lodged with the U.S. Supreme Court, I have had an old song going through my head. Remember “One Voice,” the old Barry Manilow song from about 1978? I haven’t actually heard it in many years, but from somewhere in the dark recesses of my brain it surfaced and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head as I think about Justice Anthony Kennedy who has the power to singlehandedly save Terri Schiavo.

Look at the lyrics:

ONE VOICE

Just One Voice,
Singing in the darkness,
All it takes is One Voice,
Singing so they hear what’s on your mind,
And when you look around you’ll find
There’s more than One Voice,
Singing in the darkness,
Joining with your One Voice,
Each and every note another octave,
Hands are joined and fears unlocked,
If only One Voice would start it on its own,
We need just One Voice facing the unknown,
And that One Voice would never be alone
It takes that One Voice.

My prayer this morning is that Justice Kennedy has the courage, strength and wisdom to be the One Voice that Terri Schiavo needs now.

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