Jefferson Street

There was absolutely no grudge,

It all started with a warrant

Signed by a judge,

38 Jefferson Street

Was a shit brick pile,

Playing host to a police parade,

But the beleaguered population

Had no problems with the raid,

The once crowded building

Was strangely silent,

Hours earlier, emotions were streaming,

Children were screaming,

It was all hell,

As a dozen or so occupants

Marched down the narrow,

Rotting stairwell,

It was dark,

And there was no light,

While closing in on mid-night,

The detectives had seen worse places,

In most of their search cases,

But make no mistake,

38 Jefferson Street took the cake,

Out side the building,

Empty dark and light brown faces

Stare blindly into the cold,

Both young and old,

And equally afraid,

As the police found nothing

In that search and seizure raid.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

"Just routine" police work, maybe acting on a tip, got a warrant, will the judge shrug? Excellent work, routine for you Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks X-man!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Seems like something should have been found in such a horrid place...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks justateacher :)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

awesome frank.. great writing

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you our Ms Brooks :)


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Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

Your words paint such a vivid picture that could describe real life scenes around the country. Good work.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Now that is a scene I would not like to be anywhere near. Good writing Frank


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I'm impressed. Very creative. Kudos!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks for stopping by Express10 Rosemay50, baby and doggy, and you too Mhatter


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Another brilliant crime poem, Frank....... Keeping us on our toes! Wonderfully written..... Is this the Jefferson St. next to Hartford hospital? LOL

Voting up and awesome :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL silly no it's off of Congress Street


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Unfortunately things like that do happen. The police find nothing but then something tragic happens and so on and on.... Great imagery. Sounded like a tenement in the slums.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I guess this happens. I wonder if you are left with the feeling that maybe there was something overlooked, or was it just routine and move on?


Valleypoet 3 years ago

The scene, as usual, described very skilfully...this time leaving much for the reader to ponder upon...a tip off perhaps?...all in a days work..great read...thanks Frank:-))


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

you got it Gypsy..:) and thank you Blossoms for stopping by and as always good to see you my talented Valleypoet friend :)


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

So creative yet vivid and the want to be away from such places.

great write up, Frank


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Ruch :)


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Moesky 3 years ago from Amsterdam

Great - I am so inspired. You've just shown us (again) that poems can be written about anything...even crime stories.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Moesky for dropping by :)


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Erik Estabrook 3 years ago from Elmwood Park, Illinois

very nicely penned, I think you used enough words to describe without overthinking or overrhyming, just great to see an adequately described scene without over explanation


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Remember that Elvis song "In the Ghetto?" Suppose went it comes to places like 38 Jefferson Street it's a hit and miss affair for the police, the babies and children cry on regardless, though.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Frank,

this is also a great read.

Have a great weekend.


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

Very nicely written poem Frank. voted up


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you for reading Erik, Alastar, Vin and sweetie1 bless you all :)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Well they were looking for something, huh, Frank? Just didn't find it did they?


Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

Another example of why you need a book. I really would like to print off your hubs and bind them just to put them in my library where I can read them without needing internet. Please tell me you are starting to work on publishing your fabulous work?

Oh, by the way, are you still not getting notified when I publish new hubs?


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

again thanks Phoebe you r so good for my ego LOL no Im not Moms-Secret she's sending me emails when she publishes something new feel free to do the same Frank :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Oh and thank you Jackie for stopping by :)


Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

Well I have a few new hubs added. Lolz


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida

It feels like I visited you at work today. On the beat. It has to be frustrating to take all the steps to search for something that isn't there.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Another awesome example of vivid images from life that can only be experienced in this way by the pen of a wonderful poet!! With few words you paint the faces and the feelings of the people and leave the reader wondering what it was they didn't find???? What would happen if they did find it??

Incredible piece of work!!!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Phoebe Ill check them out and thanks for riding with me Moms.. and thank you Seeker7 for stopping by bless you all


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Frank, wow, I think I've been to that street in the city in which I work, grim . . . I missed this amazing write here some how? But I am here now.

Really great piece. Voted up ++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a gritty piece of writing. You painted this so well.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Faith and Mck for visiting Jefferson Street


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Frank,

You truly have a way with words. The picture that you painted in our minds was a vivid slice of life for those residents of Jefferson Street during that police raid. It makes you wanting to know more!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Peggy


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You tell such wonderful stories in these -I just love the grittiness of them--


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

This is brilliant Frank; you are a natural story teller.

Thank you for another great read and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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b. Malin 3 years ago

I've missed reading your Excellent Hubs Frank, but now I'm back and playing catch up.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much B Malin, Audrey and Eddy for stopping by :)

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