Shadows Dancing in a Ghetto Ballet

Shadows Dancing in a Ghetto Ballet


Still stuck to his fingers

was the duct tape,

as the odd chill lingered

after he completed the brutal rape,

he kept on moving,

and nothing remained still,

it all began as an emotional thrill,

he crossed Martin Luther King Boulevard

over on the east side,

he was looking for a place to hide,

he would be caught,

and that much he was sure,

as he walked down the street

where a lone whore,

unmistakably a transvestite,

gestured furtively at him

from the front door,

of a closed package store,

his face was hard,

as he looked away with cold rage,

then on the other page,

came the sound of a young girl,

laughing softly,

as the wind would twirl, whirl,

then blew away,

like shadows dancing in a ghetto ballet,

then came a rushing fear,

lights were flashing everywhere,

there was no place to hide,

and that he knew,

the street was covered with men in blue,

but for that crime of rape,

he vowed not to shed a single tear,

and in court, he’d make it clear,

as her blood covered his body,

he was a complete mess,

he stood motionless, graceless,

nothing to say,

as the shadows continued dancing

in a ghetto ballet.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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

Love this one, top...especially the"ghetto ballet"


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks just a teacher


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Diane Woodson 3 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

Good to excellent poem, too close to home today, my bf on facebook is missing her name is elizabeth collins I did a Hub on it last night, been up about 48 hours less 5 hrs sleep, we wrote each day...this is not easy to bear...great work good hubs be cool


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Im sorry to hear about your friend.. my prayers will be with you


SandCastles 3 years ago

This character thinks only about himself-that's why he raped in the first place. All he seems to feel is fear and he's concerned with his image (he's not going to shed a tear). He doesn't attack the transvetite that could have beaten him up or given him a few good punches but he was brutal to his victim; what a cowardly lowlife. Good poem though!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Sandcastles for stopping by :)


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great poem Frank. I also like the term "ghetto ballet". Your talent for short crime fiction definitely comes to the fore here too...very descriptive and emotive. Thanks for sharing. Voting up.


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

You have a unique way to express some different and shady things in a most unconventional ways of a poem. Thanks for this share. Votes up and shared.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Jodah, and DGH thank you for visiting my Ghetto Ballet :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

As you are aware my friend, this one hits close to home. Not only your talent but your truths shine through in all your works but, to me, especially in this one.

I would think your next work will have to be entitled "ghetto ballet" as it has caught on with all of us!

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

Though I'm working on getting my buttons back (that's on HP btw), I haven't been successful.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Till god bless you..


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lcbenefield 2 years ago from Georgia

Why are you not writing for TV? You have such a way of writing that I have no problem seeing your story happen. Though short, it was intense. I was hooked from the start as always when I read your work.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

aawww thank you Icben :)


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

so touching frnk


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks sujava :)


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

What a wonderful style of storytelling through a poem ! Frank, it was very exciting and vibrant. You enacted a crime scene and everything was so vivid. Voted up and shared. I also voted it as useful as it greatly contributed to the art of poetry.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Frank.....This gives me goose bumps and frightens me.....and for you I'm sure this means you've succeeded! Your poetry comes alive, Frank.....I can feel I'm lurking around the corner, watching all the twists & turns and feeling my heart beat!...UP Awesome


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

What a story Frank. Something straight from the headlines.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Harish, Fpherj48 and lisa for visiting my page

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