Friday, July 30th

It’s everyone’s worst fear,

the shouts and screams and curses rise and fall,

with the temperature in standing, fetid air,

the last Friday in July,

with this one, you have to take a seat,

boiler room heat,

that made the citywide police frequency

sound like an endless tape of defeat,

and the horror this day would bring,

she was the tiniest thing,

barely eighteen

and a hundred pounds dripping wet,

Friday, July 30th was all set,

sanity would play hide and seek,

and her bastard of a stepfather waited

only long enough for his wife

to go out of town for a week,

but before the brutal attack,

he brought three friends over

and it was after the six-pack,

the four of them took turns,

the images stain and burns,

and after that,

reality was broken down in sections,

they strangled her by wrapping a towel

around her neck and pulling

in different directions,

that day would scorch,

her future, torched,

as they buried her body beneath

a brick-house porch.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Good morning Frank, You are the master of vividity.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Vividity? are you calling me names.. what's that? LOL joking.. Susan going morning to you..:)

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

As another one bites the dust , your placed is securely etched alongside the likes of Skye. No body does it better brethren Frank .

The idea that we only pass through this time once, only in our beliefs we see clearly and it it there no one else but one can go . So belief will show the way.

My father use to say to me- it's ok boy I am going to catch you. I never knew he was speaking of 10 years later. for me , I could only see the moment, and I did not want to share.

Hope you are able .

Thanks for sharing.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Skye for your wonderful comments :)

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Senoritaa 5 years ago

A chill ran down my spine. Extremely sad, and such cases do happen so often in reality. Well written again Frank.

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Gosh that made me sad and kind of scared me too, but I have to admit great writing.. You know how to be suspenseful.. Great story.. I VOTED UP AND AWESOME.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading Senorita.. and Our Ms. Brooks thanks for the voye up and awesome :)

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vanillavelvet 5 years ago

Wow. That took a turn I wasn't expecting. I love the way you write... It shows your true talent and ability to take something very ugly and make it into something beautiful. Great job Frank!

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! Frank this such a nasty good story.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Writer20 for your comment :) and thank youVanilla Velvet for your comment :) Frank

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

You dramatic poetry always take me into a dark cave.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Vg thanks for the comments.. hope the cave isn't too dark :)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

God morning and thanks for this read.

I vote up up and away as well as sending you loads of Christmas love from here in Wales.

Take care my friend,


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Eiddwenn and happy holidays to you too :)

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

You brought an emotion up on this one Frank. Just got through listening to a half-sister tell how her mean father would beat women. I don't claim to be a tough guy but it would be my duty to take those cretins one at a time or altogether for that matter in a locked room. You've heard that ad, "You Got Milk." You got powerful poem.

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Frank

Brutally graphic but well done.

I would hang them by the **** for the torture and murder of this young lady.

Wishing you the best for a Happy New Year

Voted up and gruesome. Oops, I mean awesome.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Alastar and Sue and Happy new years to you too

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