A Stranglehold


She had difficulties remembering the events

that landed her in a hospital bed,

bandages were on tight,

as they covered her swollen head,

the room seemed dark,

even though the lights were bright,

and only the loneliness was heard,

so she tried to call out,

but had difficulty forming a single word,

it was her mind that would shout,

her skin felt cold,

and her lips would fold,

it was as though someone had put a stranglehold

on her vocal cords,

what felt out of shape was her face,

as the bandages kept it in place,

every part of her body was taped,

as she continued trying to communicate,

but drool was all that escaped,

as her eyes would leak,

a spirit would peek,

and death continued to seek,

she sensed that something ominous had happened,

that she could tell,

but then there was that smell,

it seemed to be drifting higher,

then it all came rushing back to her,

it was her boyfriend who had set her on fire.


© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

this is a dramatic poem. up/awesome


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

Damn, Frank. Love the twisted ending. Had me fully engaged all the way, then threw me off the cliff. Well done.

I've looked at a couple of your other works. You have a great flair for the dark drama. Gritty and real. You are brave for venturing where many others wouldn't.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Writer20 and TK glad you enjoyed my stranglehood :) Frank


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Frank, your descriptions are very real.

Good poem ,my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Vin for stopping by :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Oh, wow! What a poem, Frank. You do go for a punch to the gut.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you flourish...:)

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