A Prodigy


The kid was a prodigy,

loved walking his beat,

he was the kind of cop

the department wanted

out on the street,

he was hard to stop,

and he would care,

he was also smart, honest and fair,

he wasn’t just a policeman,

citizens considered him a friend,

and all that came to an end,

then the drama,

the ambulance sped quickly

to the hospital’s shock trauma,

they found him face down

on the street,

two blocks from his beat,

a race against time

had just turned up the heat,

he was lost in a trance,

survival was only a 5 percent chance,

his life plunging into darkness,

as spirits would dance,

he was a bloody pulp,

and it started at his face,

it was a sight no one could erase,

an angel would cry,

the prodigy had to die,

he would suffer severe brain damage

if he would survive,

then his young wife would arrive,

he got shot, but she would suffer most,

followed by a parade of police ghosts,

wearing white hats and gold trim,

remembering when their survival was thin,

their outlook, grim, dim,

only darkness with no lights,

then a Catholic priest entered

to offer last rites.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

A very sad poem about a thankless society that seems to care less about the public servants and the sacrifices they make each day. Well done, my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much whonu.. bless you bro :) Frank


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nooooo! I didn't want to lose him. There is always someone who would want to snuff out a bright light...

Story telling -- A+ as usual!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sweetie :)


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

What can I say...I couldn't expect any less from someone from CT!!! :D

AWESOME JOB!!!! I truly love your story telling abilities!!! Let me know when you have a crime novel out so that I can be sure to read it!!!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

OOOHHH Patty you're just too good to me :) bless you my dear friend


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

After solving so many crimes, now you killed the cop!!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A sad scene, repeated too often in too many places, and you showed it to us so well.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

oh senoritaa you're so bad..:) and X-man thank you for visiting my prodigy :)


Valleypoet 4 years ago

The loss of someone young and talented; doing a dangerous job; trying to make the world a better place. The theme is very current, and you captured the horror and tragedy of it in your usual expert way. Great piece Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Valleypoet for reading and the loyalty bless you :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This one reads so true especially living here in Las Vegas. Most of deaths are in N. L.V. Phew, than goodness.

Voted up and truly awesome. Your friend Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Joyce always good to see you and Im waiting for something new from you :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Hello Frank - wow, you have captured a sad reality here in your profound and vivid words. My son is thinking about becoming an officer of the law and he is only 24 with two young daughters and a son on the way, so I will pray! Excellent write here. Have a lovely evening. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Gosh..it's so sad and you portrayed it beautifully.

well done, frank


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

How often we open our paper to this...great story, so sad, so real. ^


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I pray every day that this is not my son. Everytime I hear the news that a policeman has been shot I hold my breath. They risk their own lives to protect us and all too often pay they and their families pay the price.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A policeman's life is not a happy one, and not a safe one either, but we have much to thank them for in the work they do and the sacrifices their families have to make. You wrote this one so well, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you for reading Faith and good kids make good cops.. bless you and Ruch thank for your comment .. Jackie good to see you and thank you.. and Rosemay I too will pray for the safety of all public service men and women.. thanks blossoms bless you all


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

What a tragic story... it's truly a masterpiece Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Phoebe bless you :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

A sad part of that dangerous and highly underpaid job, you've captured with your eloquent words here. The real one who will continue to suffer is the wife whose life has met with irreversible change.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Pegcole bless you :)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Wee done, Frank. Narrative, scene-setting and story telling are your strengths. Sometimes the understated emotion is the most powerful. Death is always a tragedy, but especially when its a policeman or fireman; many of us take them far too much for granted. Take care.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very sad and tragic, you presented it beautifully, voted up.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, I loved the drama in your composition.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh Frank. I am already crying and it is only 8 in the morning. Several years ago this happened in Charlotte. Two young police officers were killed. Once left a pregnant wife and a two year old, the other a young family also. It is a dangerous profession and rising stars crash to the ground without warning.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

That is the most tragic thing when police officers get shot no matter what their age just for protecting the public from the animals out there. Wonderfully expressed and so sad. Passing this on.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Phdast7 for visiting my prodigy bless you and thank you girish for stopping by too, good to see you ... V.G always a pleasure to see you and thanks for the comments.. and Hyphen thank you it's terrible for what happpened in Charlotte..:( and Gypsy thanks for the comment bless you all :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

A gritty and sad write--I loved the sense of his comrades in arms being with him at the end---nicely done Frank!!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, up, awesome, and interesting. This is deep Frank. We lost two state troopers recently from WV. It is a dangerous job for certain, just never know. As for your poetry, brilliant as ALWAYS FRANK!!!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Audrey for stopping by.. and thank you too thelyricwriter.. yeah it's tough for families when they lose anyone in armed services :( bless you


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Masterfully done Frank. Your poetry is full of suspense. :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Caroline :) bless you


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Frank this happens all the time.. the police officers take their lives into their own hands it's like going into a war zone.. another great write my friend.

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again Our ms Brooks for leaving foot prints bless you :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

You are so good at making these situations real. Great work!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Au fait

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