Case File 101583

This was something

no one should ever see,

Case File 101583,

moths flickering under

a street light,

a young mother and daughter

were killed on the same night,

and in the same way,

it was just evil at play,

and Hell continued burning,

snapping their necks by turning

their heads completely around,

dropping the bodies to the ground,

young lives wasted was such a disgrace,

and the night started off face to face,

an argument, a brief struggle,

and for a second everything was still,

then the kill,

the lead detective just wanted to sit,

he would feel his face flush,

and he couldn’t understand it,

perhaps it was a cocaine rush,

it was a haunting crime scene,

the mother barely seventeen,

and the daughter almost three,

life gone, spirits free,

it was a tragic day,

and the lead detective

shook his head and looked away.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Frank, now I wish I had not read your powerful poem! Though I know it is fiction, I can't get that image out of my mind and it really has started my day off all wrong! It really speaks to the skill and talent you have in painting a scene with your words. Simply awesome! Still, note to self: Do not read Frank's poems first thing in the morning! Just kidding, of course my friend!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

As Poetic Fool said, this is powerful stuff, a tough read, leaves you feeling a bit stunned at the reality of the tone. Unfortunately, we read about this sort of crime too often, and not so poetically


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TS Van Arsdale 4 years ago from The Ether

Appropriate reading to start my day


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August Xavier 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Well done, good sir. Great imagery, great metaphor. voted up.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This poem comes together perfectly with it's dark flow and brutal tale. The demon that spun Lind Blair's head around was working at peak performance with the young mother and babe herein.


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ashleeosborn 4 years ago

Very dark. Left me slightly breathless. Wonderful writing, though.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Poetis fool for reading my case-file and good to see you X thanks for the visit and Alastar I try to keep it low-key LOL TS Van thanks so much for visiting.. August I thank you too and last but certainly not least ashlee thanks for the visit :) bless you all Frank


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is a great read this morning.

Voted up awesome and interesting, Joyce.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, another hit to the many. Always enjoy the case files! Tragic but great poetry my friend. Voted up, awesome, and interesting. See you around the bend.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, this poem reminds me something that I read in newspaper couple of weeks ago.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Now This poem rattles my cages.. I see chills in the stark imagery.. but I see an inner meaning to it.. a message about the lurking demons in the society which surface and act often

Great work Sir! Great work


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Reminds me of the Old Hollywood detective stories which always had a body or two.


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Darknlovely3436 4 years ago from NewYork

Another interesting hub.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

A gripping tale of young lives lost, depicted in a haunting manner at the crime scene where evil is at play. You've captured the eerie event so well I feel the goose bumps.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much pegcole


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

and thank you too dark N lovely for stopping by :)


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

This is so magnificent I am lacking words...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Isador...:)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very gripping, very well-written as always, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for dropping by and visiting my case file :) Phdast bless you


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Frank, Hyph praised your crime poetry in one of her poems, so I thought I'd look in.

Brrr. You're a little too good, Frank! And though I respect them, I wouldn't have a cop's job for all the tea in China.

I'm going away now to watch Barney the dinosaur for about an hour. I need an antidote!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Moll for stopping by Hyphen is a terrific lady ..:)


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Thanks writer20 good to see you Joyce.. and thanks the lyricwriter for always popping up.... VG-- maybe you did read this a couple of weeks ago.. happens nowadays thanks for reading.. and thank you Rahul for your stopping and Gypsy thank you too bless you all :)

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