Absorption of Horror


He knew for sure

And there was melancholy

In his posture,

Fear was like a visual

Coming into brutal focus,

The air was thick,

The fog dense,

His body tired, tense,

Lack of sleep,

There was absorption of horror

That ran deep,

He stiffened and fell silent,

Quiet was a dangerous choice,

One that he would voice,

His lower lip would quiver,

As he was trying to beat down a shiver,

Love was the next thing he heard,

Ringing in his air,

A beautiful word,

It was a beautiful sensation,

So much magic in that word,

But sadly, he would fear,

That love is a word he

Would never hear,

Suddenly bombs bursting in air,

Blood splattered from here to there,

War planes flying high,

Smoke and torment filled the sky,

Soldiers around him

Scrambling for balance,

Flesh would pop,

Death came with cold efficiency,

The ground held the blood on top,

And the war seemed endless,

It just wouldn’t stop.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

"But sadly, he would fear,

That love is a word he

Would never hear"

Love these lines...can feel his fear in this poem...can see the war all around him...another great one Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Justateacher bless you :)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow Frank I am finishing up a hub I hoped to post today but tomorrow for sure and it is so strange to go from the end of it to this! lol Am sure you will be by but remember when you do how odd this would be! Up and sharing as always for such a fine writer. (even if you do scare me sometimes) lol


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL Jackie I look forward to reading your installment bless you :)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

"Death came with cold efficiency" Love that line especially---


SandCastles 3 years ago

Wow; a powerful poem!


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Bettyoverstreet10 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

interesting, happy I have never experienced such a time


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Audrey and Sandcastles good to see you guys and thanks for dropping by Betty :)


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. This is why I love reading your work. I become the character when I read your poetry, I can smell, feel, see, no lie. That is pure talent. Vivid, striking, detailed, and feeling, just an awesome talent!!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

lyric you're the best thank you :)


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

TheLyricWriter is a wise man. His thought are mine exactly;no way to improve on it. Simply love your work. Thank you for sharing your talent.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have a talent for placing us right at the centre of situations. Awesome piece Frank


CornerQue 3 years ago

I like the style here man


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

How amazing to write such a poem about facing death on the battlefield! Though we don't know it until well into the poem. You are a true story teller Frank bringing us into your poetic world ... we can't stop ourselves from reading and absorbing every word!

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Oh, and shared.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful, Frank. War is so sad and we often see it spoken of in terms of courage and heroism, which is all there, but so is the fear, the aloneness and the sadness of life ending too soon. You have artfully captured the essence. Wonderfully done.

Take care.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much for stopping by RoseMay, Ms Dora and CornerQue bless you guys :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Cyndi and Til for really grapping the heart of my poem and shaking it bless you both :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dear Frank, wow, indeed!

I really love your dramatic poetry here, as it truly packs a punch. I especially love the bittersweet part about love that you have so wonderfully woven into this piece here... very haunting.

Your writing truly does take one right into the scene as if being there and feeling the same emotions and the vivid smells, sights and sounds, which is a sign of one awesome writer, YOU! Of course, we already knew such : )

Sorry I have been MIA, as life has a way of making us come to a screeching halt in things.. with one of my granddaughter's having surgery and hubby too on the same day. One planned and one accident. All will be okay though.

Just had to make sure I remain a faithful reader of your wonderful work.

Voted up ++++ and sharing of course!

Bless you, Faith Reaper


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

What a sad commentary on much of the world today. You have expressed so well what so many are feeling. Bring back love of our neighbour.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Faith family life always comes first and my heart and prayers go out to your family.. stay Faithful to your heart bless you :) and Blossoms thank you for stopping by and paying my poem a visit :)


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Gripping and descriptive. You made the world of your poetry real and then placed us right in the middle of it.

Emotional and powerful. Excellent work.


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epigramman 3 years ago

It's always a trip with you Frank as I never miss an opportunity to tell everybody that you're one of my favorite writers. You always have titles to die for - I think titles are so important anyway.

I love the narrative tension in your work. I always have.

It reminds me of the narrative tension in my love life , lol, or the obvious lack of it, lol.

5:45pm


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Frank, you paint a very good picture of horror here. Good use of imagery. Hope you are enjoying this Sunday afternoon.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Anna Haven, Epi man and Marlene AKA the Lovedoctor for reading my absorption of horror.. bless you guys :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Frank,

war is a terrible human reality. Even after witnessing horror of a war, humans raise another war.


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Hackslap 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I'm blown away by the words! .. good work mate!


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

Wow, words just aren't enough. Good job.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you mylinda :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Vin and Hackslap for stopping by :)


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Sad because it has been true for so many. Good work Frank.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Another great poem from you Frank; powerful and well written as always. Here's wishing you a wonderful day ahead.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you wayne barrett and Eddy for coming by bless you both :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Yep, very engaging, this one, too.

Smiles, FR


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks sweetie :)


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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Very Nice Frank you are it again I was just telling my friend how you write wonderful short stories. Have you written a book ? if not please start you can check out feedaread.com I did mines there the name of it is stepping stones :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks lady ill check out your book there :) bless you


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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

You are welcome my good writing hubber :) and faithful follower


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

sweet...:)


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Wow- this is fantastic! Voting up!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you epbooks


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

You capture your audience with simple words, yet truly effective and meaningful. I could smell the death, destruction, the planes roaring overhead, the bombs dropping, the bodies stacking. You never fail to deliver with your Horror of Absorption. Well done Frank, nice to grace your pages again. You are a brilliant and talented writer. Bravo.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks alot Vincent Moore :)


Valleypoet 3 years ago

The image that was put together was like a snowball rolling down a hill, building speed and size, gradually becoming more deadly and devastating...great writing buddy :-))


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Valley good to see you too :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Wonderful poetry. Great writing wish I could write like you. If I could give you five stars I would but I can't so I will just vote up and share.


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Senoritaa 3 years ago

War is the worst legitimate thing in this world.. and you, as always, have touched the soul!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Moonlake and Senoritaa for stopping by :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Moonlake and Senoritaa for stopping by :)


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

you took us to war and fed us its pangs. War is fear; it comes with death. Those who live to tell the story shudder in their sleep of monsters in different shapes and postures personifying death. You described war so finely here.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much uban :)

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