Before 11:00 PM on Saturday

Her luck would hide,

she was found near the beach

during low tide,

a young looking forty three year old,

she was the mother of five,

and it was a little before 11:00 PM on Saturday,

when they last saw her alive,

witnesses said she was near the beach,

putting pride aside,

trying to hitch a ride,

she was a good mother,

she would always care,

that day, she just didn’t have

enough money for the bus fare,

she worked three jobs,

so she could put food on the table,

she was willing and able,

her body was found with blue crabs,

dangling on her feet,

her death was complete,

the paperwork had been filed,

everything complied,

the children were split apart,

they were each called a welfare child,

the system had no heart,

the children had no voice,

and it remained the state’s choice.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Another meaningful piece here Frank and heading in the correct direction , let's speak for those without a voice , for one day we shall remember : Once a man twice a child.

Keep up the great work.

Bless Brethren.

Congratulations,missions accomplished.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Up and interesting, Poor lady just couldn't take her life the way it was going working 3 jobs. There will be repercussions splitting the children up.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Sky and Writer20 for reading my 11:00PM bless you both


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Children without a voice, so very sad. I know because I only met one of my half brothers for the first time at the age of 54. A long and sad story


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is so sad... the poor mother and the children.. my heart is broken for them.. thank you Frank for putting this in perspective. great poem frank

voted up

debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Im so sorry Rosemay.. and happy too for meeting him period.. and Thank you Moms-Secret for your comment... I think :) and always Our Ms Brooks God blessed you already..:) Frank


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

We are both a product of the same school system...lol. Not understanding is normal. I am a little 'off the beaten path' after all. The fact that you let me explain means we are just taking steps towards a lasting friendship I think. That is an awesome gift that I have to thank you for! -Lissette


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Frank...my CSI Agent...you did it again...such vivid description of the death. Although the pangs of sadness linger on when the children taken into separate shelter homes..

voted up indeed, my friend as captivating (should be a button)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Ruch again thank you so much you simply rock!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

A stark look at the results of an innocent destroyed and thrown to nature by monsters that roam the earth devouring whom they will.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Amen Alastar.. amen


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

pathetic...i felt sad about her...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I know Raci.. Im trying to put together happy writes.. but it's difficult unless I borrow your brain for a night.. maybe I can produce sweet and sincere writes..yeah?


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Jennuhlee 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This was quite heartbreaking

You like that sort of thing don't you?

Either way, very well written.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Jenn :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Such a heart wrenching piece--and you do it so well Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much for visiting my page Audrey and thelyricwriter :)


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Heart wrenching! Frank you always do this! Have a blessed day. Peace and love.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you shim-dawn :) Frank


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Secret lies 4 years ago from Redlands California

You know, this is truly deep, sad as life is made into paperwork lost. The very depth in which one life effects so many others. Beautifully sad and yet in the tears left behind, life is remembered.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much lies


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Frank, the heartbreak here is palpable. Your title is anonymous enough to hurt! Thank you for caring about this woman enough to share her story.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Story your the best thanks for sharing my before 11:pm

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