Luminescent Rose

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Luminescent Rose

Night falls,

the spirits walked through

white washed walls,

such a sensual mystery

as they held their breath,

and invited death,

tiny insects would crawl

through the mouth of a small passage,

hushed voices

barely audible made choices,

and the soft words were carried in the fog,

so thick,

that only the mist would stick

to the night air,

sad moments

were felt throughout this abandoned city,

and the spirits who lingered took pity,

as the tension grows,

and the ghosts were bright,

they each carried a luminescent rose,

challenging even the darkest night,

the insects kept feeding

on the thick odor of human decay,

the wavering trees would rock and sway,

limbs hung with moss,

and a lone praying mantis would pray,

as another swarm of insects

kept picking dried flesh from human bones,

angels sadly wept,

over the reeking water

where some spirits slept.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a beautiful write Frank! Just beautiful!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Absolutely awesome! A friend received a beautiful crystal, translucent rose for her birthday. I was considering writing a poem about it, but it would be very difficult to come close to what you have written here. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Audrey and Cyndi clearly I missed my mark I was going for haunting..:( LOL bless you both


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

What a beautiful 'haunting' poem! Little morbid :) but very nicely written, 'they each carried a luminescent rose....', so ghostly cool :))

Voting up and awesome.

By the way, I didn't receive an email for this one for some reason!


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Wondering what happened here. Why are so many dead? Feast for bugs, reminds me of the days of the plague where the dead grossly outnumbered the living.

If your voice were by my ear, I wonder what stories you would chose to share.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Oh, it was haunting. I like the direction you took with the poem, bugs and all.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Lathing for your kind comment... @ Moms yeah you'll hear what I have to share in your ear my dear...:) Cyndi no I'm sorry didn't mean for you to come back was just saying I worked on an october haunt with this piece but on face book they're all saying beautiful too.. so you're in the majority

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