It Was No Procession

It was no procession,

there was no need for a confession,

his eyes had a black glaze,

as he stood over looking a cemetery

and noticed it was full of fresh graves,

some just mounds of earth

being drizzled on by light showers,

and the ghosts there,

they were holding flowers,

standing still, very still,

while the spirits took off up the hill,

he was so busy,

he simply couldn’t catch his breath,

as he held his black horse by the bridle,

he was known as the angel of death,

and that was just more than a title,

when war breaks out,

he could hear the wounded men shout,

life couldn't hide,

his horse was pawing and stomping,

and shying to one side,

as if to avoid the holy ghost,

the angel of death knew,

that during wars young men die most,

and there was nothing the holy ghost could do.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Frank you tell stories tinged with the dark side better than anyone else I know--loved this!


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Leptirela 4 years ago from I don't know half the time

Yeah I agree with Audrey here .

The darkness and mystery in this is rising :)

Vote up , thanks for sharing with us.

Awesome


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Audrey thank you for being a special lady bless you.. and Leptirela thank you for visiting my procession Frank


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well if could write like this - then my name would be Frank, one of my most favorite writers of all time here at the HUB - again I leave inspired and with cinematic visions in my head at lake erie time ontario canada 9:40am


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Epi-man you are just being way too kind...check is in the mail :)


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Read and re-read it. Your words are as descriptive as the photo. Good job.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

MsDoro thank you for stopping by my procession :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I truly loved this one Frank and has to be awarded that up up and away.

Very clever composing here.

Take care my friend and enjoy the rest of your day.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Eddy.. you're up up and away LOL


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Frank- Moving, sad, trenchant, but still beautiful poem. Very compelling. Never envisioned the angel of death on horseback...but so apropos here. Theresa


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Phdast7 thank you so much Frank


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, awesome, and interesting Frank. Your poetry is always in great detail and structured perfect. Just another example of your great talent my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Lyricwriter.. get back to your tattoos LOL thanks for visiting my procession :) Frank


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

This one really took my breath away Frank. One of your best.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you again senoritaa :) Frank


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Oh wow, the last line is very powerful, dark, depressing, and yet a fitting end for this poem! The story here is very vivid with a complementing tone. Well done!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you KDU for reading :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Very ghostly indeed, I like your creativity it almost felt like I was watching a movie. Awesome poetry voted up! and getting shared for sure.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much cloudexplorer


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I like the way you present the fact that war is so bad that it even has Death fretting. Very good work.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Wayne barrett :)

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