I Remembered That Day

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I remembered that day,

I would pray,

because I wanted her to stay,

she was a ghost,

and I sat slumped against the bedpost,

the rain beating on the window,

tears stained her cheeks,

but she would lay still,

her eyes closed, her face smooth,

there was so much sorrow for me to see,

knowing what was right,

I would have wrestled her demons

and held her tight,

she was lifeless, dead,

gathering my selfish feelings

as I sank back against the bed,

a spirit would call,

voices filled my head,

and my tears would gently fall,

a cold chill filled the air,

and I was just watching her lay there,

she was naked, gentle and bare,

her clothes tossed on the chair,

I trembled all over,

with thoughts that couldn’t be erased,

she looked pliant, shocked and white faced,

her memories now stained,

as if all passion were drained,

her ghost had risen

and left her soul weak,

and desperate for oblivion,

never again to speak,

I was here, without fear,

but her ghost circled the room

as if I were never there.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Marlena Oechsner 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Wow...this is very beautiful and romantic. Like a love that you cannot obtain and that no one can understand. Personal and reflective. Thanks for sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Frank.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

This was filled with so many emotions..chilling,sad, such a sense of loss..You captured this moment so well Frank..

Thank you for sharing,

Happy Holidays,

Sunnie


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Frank, this melancholy poem captures one's attention immediately and never lets go. It is beautifully written and sad.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Marlena-- you too Just Ask Susan and Sunnie-day for your wonderful comments and H-- thank you so much too!


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Trishita Banerjee 4 years ago from Kolkata,India

soulful...serene...beautiful...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Trishita.. :)


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Frank, Wonderfully illustrative of the atmosphere in the room and the ghostly specter of a soul lost. I take it this is an excerpt from your book. Blessings, Debby


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York

Hi Frank,

I enjoyed your Hub. Your words created a vivid image in my mind about what you were describing. You even make sorrow sound romantic.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Debby for reading my work and thank you too Cara R :) bless you both


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Haunting and sorrowful Frank. Reminds of Poe's Annabel Lee. Do you have a book out?


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Alaster and this is my Annabel Lee.. thanks for the comment


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Frank I got the chills when I read this. Very haunting & I really saw the images.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Caroline


Sueswan 4 years ago

Beautiful and sad.

I can't believe she would forget you so soon.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much sue for reading :)


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JosieLee 4 years ago from New Mexico

I enjoyed reading this. Your words brought vivid images and it made me feel the sadness behind the work. It is such a beautiful piece of work. Not only is it beautiful but it is a masterpiece.


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sofs 4 years ago

Haunting, chilling images... you are a master of imagery Frank...I feel my spine stiffen, shiver as I read this poem.

God Bless and have an awesome day!!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Josielee for stopping by.. and thank you too Sofs for reading :)


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Frank, You are so wonderful with words. Beautifully, hauntingly written. Lovely.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you sooo much Lady..:) and good to see you Cyndi bless you both Frank


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This is definitely something worth reading. I can't read the title. Is it tickling or timing nightmares?


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

wowww...you left me without words to express how much i am liking this one,Frank. Great job done.....you are just amazing in this one. Votes up and sharing too.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hauntingly descriptive, Frank. You really have the gift of setting the scene and taking the reader there. Loved the illustration of your book. Wow. I'm impressed!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for checking out poem Lovedoct, dghbrh and pegcole.. Marlene I noticed something new that you hubbed Ill check it out today thank you again :) Frank


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

I hope u did too Marlene :)


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida

I love the areas in which you like to play. Beautiful Frank...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks moms hope you had a good holiday :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I thought I left a comment here the other day?


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Say Whhhhaaaattt? You left a bunch of comments on different ones.. sweet faith :) bless you for that...


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, everything is just peachy, dearest Frank ... and as you say sometimes on my hubs, well maybe one time ... "WTF" which I know means "What the Faith" : ) LOL, it must have went away, like they do sometimes LOL

Shoot, and it was a really good comment too, as this write here, that I dug up, just blew me away ...

I especially loved the line ..."I would have wrestled her demons and held her tight..." Awesome! Well, the whole poem is so vividly written, that I felt like I was right there in that room ... chilling and moving to one's core.

Excellent write. Oh, I remember what I asked in my first attempt at commenting here, is that your book up there, and if so, you should add an ad with Amazon, if that is where it is, on this hub at the end. I want to purchase it.

Voted up ++++ and sharing again, hopefully, this time : )

Hugs, Faith Reaper


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Lol@ Moms-secret. Frank, I wrote a piece on triond and would like for you to read it if you get a chance. I would be interested in your feedback. that site sucks now, but I write every once in a while. lol.



lovedoctor926 3 years ago

They should have published it under psychology, wrong category it has nothing to do with that, well maybe only a few lines. thanks.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Thanks for checking it out. The new commenting system is weird. It says that I have two comments, but when I click on them, nothing comes up.


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Faith and no that's not a book..:) and Marlene I'll check pout that article now bless you ladies


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Wow Frank, this is hauntingly beautiful and so sad, like I feel at the moment.

Will share.

Blessings my friend


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Frank Atanacio 5 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Shyron for reading this older piece :)

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