A Kind Of Strange Poetry


On the city’s high school playground,

you could hear the sound

of the innocense shatter,

lost in a clutter of chatter,

obscenities would roll off the tongue

of our future, of our young,

and it didn’t matter,

fuck this fuck that,

they wear that word like a hat,

and no one would care,

no one would stop,

all of it against a backdrop

of violence and despair,

a city’s high school rotten to the core,

and the young act as if they

have nothing to live for,

and as far as we could see,

graduating seems to be

a pain in the ass process for them,

nothing is for free,

their minds are all set,

and they’re really never out in the cold,

tired, hungry or wet,

there’s always someone reaching out,

someone who can hear their shout,

the reality is stinging,

it’s not their upbringing,

and their troubles can be as vast

as the ocean,

but they live in a fuck this motherfucker cadence

that becomes a kind of strange poetry in motion.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So many of the children today need to have their mouths washed out with soap. Great poem Frank....Oh and Good Morning :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Hi Susan.. excuse this language.. and thanks for reading..


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Jspot 4 years ago from Flames of water and love

This is great. To find the poetry in motion shown through what is to become of the future. Can be scary, yet somehow the feeling of it changing brings a hint of hope. Voted up Frank, wonderful piece.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for the visit Jspot :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Frank, I didn't mean your mouth should be washed out with soap:)..But it does seem in the past 15 years that children have become so free with all of the curse words.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL Susan.. I know you didn't mean me.. just kind of feel strange that good people have to hear the bad that I write...:) is all but thanks again


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

You have nicely dramatized the mood of angry teenager. As always I loved your wordplay and interplay of interesting images.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, and interesting. Great point Frank and poem. The level of respect has dropped so much in recent years. I am very respectful of everyone and try to live right the best that I can. I was born in 83. I will be 29 in a week or so and I know others of my age that have no respect. Many that are younger just have no respect. I am no dogging everyone under 28, it is a higher percentage with each passing year it seems. Eventually, it will be overwhelming. Values have been lost and I blame parents. It all starts there.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

In this I feel the urgency and I will tell you why . Today I wrote something but it's to be read in the future. If I am not around , it's OK, that's the reason for the urgency. I understand my part in this life, and I took a lot , I knew it was not just to live and die. But for quite a number of years now , it took on an urgency, and to hear you express yourself in this poetic way, inc operating all that you know, think or feel will get directly to the spot. I don't have anything to do with ones method of approach , I applaud you ability to see the need for any effort and Frank should do his life's work Frank's way .

As it's been said already let it be done!

If we on this earth would ever fool ourselves to think it's the end, I now join with one my heroes Bob Marley in saying : "It's just the Beginning."

Keep up you great work .

Bless.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

We've all heard kids swearing, it always makes turn my head. Great piece. Vote up and awesome my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Writer20 you and Sky are always on my pages.. and I respect that so much and if I ever miss anyone of your hubs drop me a quick line It's never done on purpose Bless you :) Frank


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Yes brethren this is whay I say to you that this is a message , not about likes and dislikes

"Dreddy got a job to do"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxvubt39yVU&feature...

Let consciousness flow.

Bless.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

so dreddy got my back! LOL


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

The question is : Where do these kids learn to swear? Not from church leaders I guess?this is a sad reality to ponder upon on what will be the future of these kids...who will teach them?


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading Raci.. and please excuse the foul language..:) Thank you Frank


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

this seems to be a pretty accurate depiction of the slimy little rodents that masquerade as children today. God work. I enjoyed reading this poem. Up and shared!


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

Frank it appears that the F word has really never left. I remember using it when I was a boy, however not as vigorously as it is used in schools and yards today. I told my 17 yr old son, that if I hear Bro or duh one more time I was going to send him back to Kindergarten to learn his ABC'S all over again.

He just looked at me like he was in a fog. The respect for teachers and in many cases teaching itself has disappeared from the schools of supposedly higher learning.Proper writing is fast disappearing since the advent of computers, kids today txt in their own language, my son barely scribbles his name, but he could sure speak a mean streak on his cell:-)) great poem Voted up awesome and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Hey PDX! I own a few of those slimy little rodents..LOL kidding.. well I do have children.. but they are hardly rodents..LOL sometimes... Thanks so much and welcome to my page Saddlerider so you too have as PDX puts it rodents..LOL thank you again Frank


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Frank, I love the message in this, but I am blown away by the cadence, the lyrical flow of the words and how they all work so well together and the f word fits. It captures the disembodied, disconnected "vibes" for lack of a better word, the kids seem to emit these days. Maybe every preceding generation (or before) thinks the following is the worst. Maybe each generation is just different and has their own signature, undecipherable to us. I can only hope that's what it is.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your poem is so thought provoking and so sad. Thankfully not all kids today are like that but so many are. There is no regard for what's right or wrong in their speech; they say what "they feel." The sad part is most of the ones using that language are from broken homes and bad neighborhoods. How do we fix that? Their parents don't care. I really think it is their upbringing "their troubles can be as vast as the ocean," really says it all. (Unless I'm living in a different world.) Voted up and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Cyndi10.. you see I even feel smarter reading your comment..LOL thanks for the share... and tillsontitan.. thanks for stopping by and not everyone can help broken homes and bad neighborhoods..they'll always exist.. and I think that the more we try to fix the more we break.. thank you kindly for your comment bless you :) Frank


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

they wear that word like a hat--what a wonderful way to describe it--there is a sense of rightousness in how they use obscenities--it perhaps feels empowering--great job on this piece Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Audrey thanks so much for showing up even on this page.. Frank bless you


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

I think a lot of what school children learn can be related to media, circumstances, and home environments. I am not favoring their swearing, but maybe there's a bigger picture to it.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

you could be right senoritaa.. again thanks for sharing your thoughts :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Came back for a second look Frank--it is still as powerful the second time around--Bravo


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Audrey for the 2nd look :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Good evening Frank. wow what a powerful poem. the reality of it.. so true to form. It is a shame the school children learn this language and think it is OK. So sad. Great Hub sir.. Always love your Hubs.

I voted way up

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

You are the best Our Ms Brooks.. bless you


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you d..:)


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

Only you could pull this off so well. The reality is as biting as it is sad. What a world we live in.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks for the visit again Till :)


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Vg thanks so much and I hope the word usage wasn't too strong.. The Lyricwriter I respect your comment as it is genuine as you.. and Sky I was watching a basketball game and the f word came out in almost every word spoken while their parents laughed and joke with them.. I feel you much respect :) Frank

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