In Stagnant, Fetid Air

In Stagnant, Fetid Air

 

Heat was the main reason,

more than any other season,

summer held its own special horrors,

a single word would not be uttered,

an old woman in the clutter

of a basement apartment,

number 2-B,

when the door opened, flies would flee,

she had no face,

it was a decomposed case,

cooking in her own oil for a week,

her flesh would reek,

as her life gave way

to a rolling mass of maggots,

ghosts would shout and scream,

as the curses rise and fall,

a haunting dream,

as darkness made its call,

and the fear remained there,

with the temperature

in stagnant, fetid air.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Indeed you are talented and timely Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much jlava


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Love the way you make your readers see what you are writing...even if we don't want to! Another great poem Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much justateacher for your kind words :)


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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Brilliant! Thank you for your continuous support Frank:)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

no thank you


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Truly gruesome, Frank! Rotting away as if no one knew or cared...sad! Great read once again!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much time2rite bless you


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lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I visualized the maggots squirming around. You're a good story teller, you paint a good picture with your words. I voted up!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

hey Marlene thanks for digging this one out LOL bless you girl


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lovedoctor926 3 years ago

yeah, lol. thanks for sharing, keep them coming:)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

silly..:)


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton Author

What the ???


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

This one really makes you think. Imagine all the dead or murdered people who aren't found for weeks or months. Sad, but true.

Well done as always my friend.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Til for reading my fetid air :)


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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

The imagery here is so vivid I can smell it.


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Flourish for stopping by :)

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