For Disposal Purposes


For disposal purposes,

one alley was as good as another,

the slightly nauseating smell

of rotting meat,

it was the last day of July,

and it was in an awful heat,

there was a young black woman,

walking across that street,

blocking out the sun,

with a urine stained sheet,

silently ignoring the dead child,

that she almost kicked with her feet,

she mumbled words

as if she were praying,

the child’s flesh continued decaying.

she could hear the organs pop,

it was an alley drop,

as the child’s ghost cries,

the body fluids and blood boils,

and that was too hot for the flies.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Grotesque depiction of social reality in many parts of the world.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Wow! What a read, Whew, so little words, but the depiction so very real! DO not know how you do it Frank, you are a great poet!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks VG for stopping by and thank you too Josh for your comment :) Frank


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Awesome and UP!!! Very dark but WOW!!!! I am impressed as usual!!! Keep up the Awesome Job!!!


Valleypoet 4 years ago

A macabre and graphic scene you have created here Frank, delivered with poetic expertise. Good job.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Patty thank you again and Valley Poet thank you too bless you both :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Powerful imagery of of life and death in the back alleys. Awesome write


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

WOW Remind me not to venture into any back alleys. Super and graphic.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Rosemay50 and Gypsy for your comments and support :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

OH! Frank I cringed as I read this. Wow brilliant!


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Angelme566 4 years ago

A well written social issue...


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very graphic! Your words are powerful..... What a scene. Voting up....


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh...the scene is ugly and you portrayed it well, Frank!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Goodness, not much left to the imagination in the few words you used to paint this horrible, yet imitation of reality, scene. Well done my friend. Voted up and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Angelme and Just ask Susan for stopping by :) bless you both


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

and thank you so much Lathing Ruch and tilson for your wonderful comments on my disposal purposes :)


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Hard to read, impossible not to finish! Another right between the eyes poem.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for comment X-man bless you :) Frank


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, and inyeresting Frank. Dang Frank, organs popping? Vivid writing brother. Even I twitched on that one. Another painted vision in my mind courtesy of you Frank. LOL Awesome work! Have a great weekend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks for stopping by thelyricwriter :)


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

ouch...that's highly gross...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Raci :)


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savvydating 3 years ago

I'm so glad I stumbled upon you. You're not afraid to reveal the dark, ugly side of life, an unfortunately a reality for some. As always, your choice of words is compelling, stark, and beautiful despite the sadness and darkness of this story. Another thumbs up.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you savvy...:)


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Where do you hang out? You really expose the dregs of life. You very nearly wrap us in it with your words as you expose what we would rather not see or know about.

Excellent, as is your style!


Tanktop 3 years ago

wow this was very well done


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Cyndi and tanktop for visiting my page again bless you both :)

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