An Emotional Cost


It was a detective’s worst fear,

after another week,

the trend was clear,

and emotions were floating higher,

an arsonist had moved here,

a brick house fire

that claimed four children,

then, a little more than a week ago,

and less than a month,

the records would show,

the arsonist torched

a welfare mother’s home,

the fire started beneath the porch,

murdering a twenty one month old,

and his seven month old sister,

even in the blazing heat

life was still cold,

as the firefighters covered the charred

with a white sheet,

death so hollow,

that it was hard for the firefighters to swallow,

the arsonist was putting life on ice,

and only small children

were paying the price,

it was an emotional cost,

and the silver lining was lost,

when it comes to children

death is loud,

as the arsonist had ripped the silver linings

out of every last little cloud.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

Wow, poetic AND deadly! I am not just much into reading poetry, but I have to say I saw the fire and the children. Voted awesome!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for stopping by crazy cat :) Frank


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calico Stark 4 years ago from Earth for the time being

Frank another haunting poem that makes your hair stand up! I was really gripped by this part...

"even in the blazing heat

life was still cold,


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Strak thank you so much for reading my emotional cost :) Frank


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank you are scaring me, I'm going to sleep.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Goodnight VG or good morning.. key word Good :) thanks for the comments my friend Frank


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Makes you wonder how many times this happens. The raw emotion that is felt is useful, a reminder of what some and will go through. Interesting because it makes you think. Awesome cause your poetry is distinct.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Death is loud--what a wonderful line Frank--nicely, nicely done-- (Can I use nicely in this context--I am hoping so!)


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York

Hi Frank, I love your poems. They read like a poem but they have a book and movie quality to them. I can imagine your poems turned into scenes to a movie or imagine a book in my hands looking at the next chapter to the story.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

blazing cold...what could have prompted him to do such morbid act?


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Boy! you sure know how to write great poems. Joyce


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

The moment you move away from that which you have specialized in I will miss the salt . This one had me smiling and I l graduated to a laugh, then just as expected , straight through the heart . But as usual also I survived . Glad to see Cara.R told you about the movie business, what say yee now?

Great work Brethren Frank.

Bless.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This one could be written into a 'Criminal Minds' episode.

Scary and deadly


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thelyricwriter thank you so much @ Audrey use anyword you like and thanks for stopping by @ Cara thanks for your comment and ur vote of confidence @ Rci thank you ahain for visiting my page @ Writer20 boy you sure know the true meaning of follower or friend or whatever Hubs call loyal thank you soo much @ Ske you fall into Writer's 20 Catagory thank you so much for your loyal read bless you @ Rosemary50 thank you for visiting my emotional cost :) Frank bless you all


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Good Morning Frank, Everyone has already said what I am thinking about this poem. So I will just vote up, and awesome.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Susan and good morning to you..:)


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

The arsonist is dead Frank. Trust me!

Your imagery gets better!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Senoritaa :) I trust you


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Frank this is hauntingly awesome! I could see the flames and smell the smoke! Sir, you are one wonderful poet!


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Such a metaphor for the state of our nation. Thank you so much.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank

"the firefighters covered the charred

with a white sheet,

death so hollow,

that it was hard for the firefighters to swallow"

Amazing imagery. I can see them fighting back the tears.

Voted up and away!

Have a good weekend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you soo much Seeker-& Storytellers thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment and Sueswan thanks for being here bless you all :) Frank


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

getting a comment from Storytellers is like an Oprah moment!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Gripping and powerful Frank.

Great work and here's to so many more;this one has to be awarded that up up and away.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

So you like Storytellers comments.. she's a great hubber Crazy Gata and Eddy thank you for leaving more rpints on my page bless you :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Frank, very emotinal poem though little negative emotions about fire and death. But you got talent of putting your thoughts beautifully in poem. Very well written.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sweetie1 bless you for reading :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

wow. deadly indeed


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much PDX


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

:) LOL


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Awwh, such a sad tale to tell. You ve expressed a magnificent sentiment painful to the heart. God help us


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well told-the sad tale of the consequences of arson.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much uban and you too again Denise Handlon :) bless you both


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh Frank those poor babies. You wrote this so well so expressive. that I can see their little bodies. Love your poems

Have a wonderful weekend

debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Our Ms Brooks bless you :) Frank


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Trishita Banerjee 4 years ago from Kolkata,India

ITS SO REALISTIC...I FELT GOOSEBUMPS...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading Trish :)

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