An Autopsy


First,

the cutting, the sutures and the stitch,

an autopsy brought a lot of drama,

but it goes without a hitch,

or without an issue,

the cutters gathering tissue,

and the organ samples for the toxicology,

a cut here, a stitch there, no apology,

then checking the remains

for any other overt signs of trauma,

there could be no sparks without flames

it was indeed a drama,

at least,

not for the deceased,

a perfectly straightforward piece

of medical work,

everyone did their best,

or it seemed that way,

as the attendant was sewing up the chest,

the outside sky gray,

and the attendant’s eyes would mist,

as he noticed the hospital identification

bracelet on the cadaver’s wrist,

the name shaded,

and the ink was faded,

as the sadness would grow,

because it was the third time that week

they worked on a John Doe.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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WAHEED GUL 5 years ago

nice


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Waheed Gul for reading my autopsy :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow...your work is amazing, Frank, and this poem: Autopsy, is no exception. You always seem to find the exact word to say a mouthful...and keep the rhyme! Brilliant. Thanks for sharing your creative talent.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

What a master of storytelling in rhyme you are! I'm sure you've been told so many times for so much of your work. I always enjoy your work. I hope you always keep the words flowing.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Another awesome one Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Cyndi10 for your kind comment and Justateacher its always good to see you bless you both Frank :)


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Wow Frank, how did I miss this one, your writing is truly awesome! Always look forward to reading your work:)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Gypsy :)


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Hello again Frank...

You cause me to feel.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Moms.. bless you


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Missed this one Frank. This is a job I know for sure I wouldn't want. Made me a bit squeamish reading this one. Awesome write though.

Sharing and voting.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Justasksusan for visiting my autopsy :)


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Not to compare my work to yours, you are a very unique writer, but your poems remind me of my own. You are not afraid to touch on the darker side of life. After all, roses are red...but so is blood!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL really.. I think you're more of the Crypt Keeper type.. I say that as a compliment my friend ...:) LOL


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

This gave me chills....thank you. The way you wrote the whole thing- amazing!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Theater girl :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

There is no one else who would attempt a poem on autopsy and even if there was they couldn't compare to you. I think all eyes misted at the end of this poem dear friend.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Till for checking out my autopsy :)


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Impressive and somewhat sinister, but real. Well done!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Nadine :)


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Denise

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