Note Pad Scribblings

The F*** Word

Everyone looks up when it’s heard,

The infamous F word,

Does it give the next word strength?

Does it bind?

Hey look at that,

What are you fu**king blind?

Is it less, is it more?

It’s heard as soon as you walk

Out the door,

It’s everywhere,

What the F*** does she want,

What the F*** is he doing here,

I don’t give a flying F***,

It’s in your head, it’s stuck,

When children say it,

Our chins hit the floor,

It freezes you down to the core,

Makes your heart sore

And it feels as if we were

Struck by a truck,

And in reality it seems

That no one gives a F***.

The Hot Shot

He’d take a moment to just sit,

Only when he feels like losing it,

With nothing said,

His face bright red,

His eyes would roll up into his forehead,

As it always did when he gets steamed,

It’s not news,

It takes a lot to get his emotions streamed,

He does have a pretty long fuse,

Let someone ride him too far,

Then in comes the hot shot,

You could hear him from the parking lot,

Those eyeballs would roll up

Like an Atlantic City gambling slot.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great poetry Frank, especially love 'The F** Word'...so very spot on. 'Hot Shot' is good too though. Voted up.


SandCastles 2 years ago

I like your poems! I've noticed that it is more acceptable for men to say the F word. If a woman says that word, people obsess on the word and not the message, "that's really lady like to swear like that". I try not to swear. Sometimes it is very therapeutic but it's better to use real words not vague swears. Though sometimes there isn't a better response. I think the F word is most powerful when it isn't used all the time. Then when a person uses the word, you take notice. They must be mad; they must really be upset. The comedian Bill Burr uses the F word a lot in his comedy routines and it's funny because it is part of his act but it bugs me when other people try to mimic him because they just sound foul.

I don't like those big mouths that push the quiet people who have quiet strength. Sometimes telling them to F off is quite satisfying.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Yes, the F bomb abounds. Great observations here. I haven't heard it from children yet, thankfully, but I'll keep my ears open. An early Happy New Year to you, Frank!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Ah, Dear Frank, reality is, I really do give a "Faith" ... I saw that lovely new photo up there, and thought, oh wow, Frank actually has a new photo, and then ... Your title should read, "Bathroom Wall Scribblings" ... don't you think LOL? : )

Here it is only two days after Santa left town, and you are already being a naughty boy with the trash mouth! So, what the "Faith" is going on ... have you started your New Year's partying already ... oh, yes, from your answer to my question, you have never stopped since last year's New Year's partying LOL!

I know, I can "hear" you now (may want to check that) and someone is one word, is it not?

Oh ... I get it now ... you wrote a poem just for me ... "WTF" ... translates into "What the Faith" ... aw, how sweet : )

Hugs and still much love to you up there in nutmeg world (is it just nutmeg you have been putting in your eggnog?

Faith Reaper hehehe


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Jodah, thanks for stopping by to read my Bathroom Wall Scribblings.. as Faith would call them..@ Sands.. yeah when women say that word it does hit a little harder... but got an ear full the other day when a young woman let it fly while walking past my car ..:( @ Flourish Thank goodness for that, thank you for reading the scribblings @ Faith.. WTF! and yes it does translate into Wow True Faith is here to read my Scibblings on the Wall..:) Gob bless you dear one and have a safe New Year.. remember in bed by 8


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Lol, yes...I hope I can make it to at least the NY New Year... and I should, being I have been working on HP stuff until the wee hours of the mornings ...so it has been good training lol. You're right, the "F" word is everywhere, especially now : ) Blessings


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

bless you dear one :) and have a Fun New Year's Eve.. Filled with Frolic, lacking in Frustration, Family Filled, Focus on the New Year and Most of all Faith..:)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Thank you for putting up with me ... You know I had to mess with you on this one, just because ... that means I love you much. If I did not, then not so much : ) Is that your new book up there? If so, I will purchase straight away to make amends!

Hugs and much love and you be safe out there on New Year's past midnight ... and I pray the New Year holds many blessings for you.

Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Hey Dear one I have thick skin..LOL Love it when the bantar continues..LOL Love you too.. hey that book is about ten years old.. and is available free on-line somewhere I forget..LOL but the thought was sweet :) Frank


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I liked your poems, Frank. The “F” word was fun. I often think that if the storywriter is skilled, the “F” word isn’t needed to be used with every other sentence, but rather occasionally to give more impact within the context of the dialogue. I never use it. You are one of my favorite writers, and I don’t recall you ever using that word. Then again, we have terrific films like “Good Will Hunting” and “The Departed,” where the F-bombs were “flippin’” everywhere. I’ve seen the versions where it was replaced with the word, “flip”. It doesn’t work, does it. :-) Happy New Year.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very interesting and intense poems Frank. Well done. The F word is way over used, although as a couple of Hubbers pointed out, in some films it seems pretty legit, but in others it is so gratuitous, constant and unnecessary.

I was raised in a home with no cursing at all (I once said "butt" instead of "bottom" and got my mouth washed out with soap. So naturally in rebellion, when I went away to college I began cursing like a sailor...I also had some misbegotten idea about proving you could be both

intelligent with a great vocabulary and curse at the same time.

Once you get in the habit, it is very hard to stop...and then I had children - three boys - oh, woe is me. That was 30 years ago, and I am civil most of the time, but when I am angry, I want desperately to curse, including the F word. :(

Great Hub. Blessings. Theresa


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Very good job on the F word. You tell the truth, and in good rhythm.

The hot shot at the end of a long fuse also grabs the attention. You're great whether in poetry or prose. Honored to know you!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so Much Genna East and thank you Phdast for stopping by and you too MsDora happy new year to you all


Jane Arden 2 years ago

You are a natural poet and oh how true regarding that word. We are horrified when children use it but why wouldn't they when they hear it all around them. I feel when people use it so much it shows they don't have enough vocabulary to voice their feelings and when actors constantly use it I feel they cant act very well. I know, I'm too harsh. lol,, Really enjoy following you Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Jane for stopping by


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Frank, very nice work, I don't really like to hear the "F word" but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed both your poems.

A very Happy New Year to you.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Tobusiness Happy New Year to you and your family :)


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Seeker7 2 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This is a wonderful piece of work Frank - I have missed your stories and poetry! Also just to wish you and your family a very happy 2014! I did get your comment on one of my hubs wishing me and mine a nice holiday - thank you! I haven't been around HP's that often over the past couple of months, doing other things! However, hope to be back into the swing of things by early New Year and I look forward to reading more of your fabulous writing!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Seeker bless you and good to see you


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL your sure right i don't like cursing 'f word etc" but i think it lays emphasis on what is being said . Seems like people get it when those words are used and it's true children repeat what they hear especially when it's stuck in your head.

~~~HaPpY NeW yEaR Frankie~~~

All the best May God bless you

Shalom and peace be unto you.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

shalom and peace be unto you too :)


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is so true. Great thoughts condensed into expressive prose. There was a time when I used a lot of language that would embarrass me now. Then I became a Step Mom and when I least expected it, the words would fly out too quick to take back. Whoops. Sometimes they still leak out but I try to keep a lid on it.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

lol all is forgiven Pegcole


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

What a jolly romp through creativity Frank. So true, deep, and humorous at the same time. You are amazing, really, what the f***?

Voted up, awesome, and interesting!!!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Till.. :)


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lorettacounty 2 years ago from Lisbon Maine

"The "F*** Word" is genius! I love "When children say it, our chins hit the floor". Too funny and too true, even though in the end we should expect the curious tongue to say it; due to such a worldly teaching of 'the word'. Congrats on another brilliant piece of work.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Loretta :)


pochinuk 2 years ago

Frank,

Your pad scribble: "...F***word.

Wow, a poem about this... pretty cool...you know... I have come along way when it comes to contemporary language, and I know now why I have gray hairs, this generation is teaching me alot: I have learned to forsake "when I grew up.. it wasn't..." It's better to bend and learn some things from this younger generation.

The advantage of writing something down is that "somewhere, sometime, someone is going to read it." Alas, I have read this now.

What do I do with it?

Well, maybe nothing, other than to tell you, after coming out of a prison of my own thinking in regards to human communication; I discovered my bonds when I no longer felt uncomfortable with a slew of migrant workers who frequently used the word.

I voluntarily took employment as a novice vinedresser, they were the experts. Yes, on vine dressing and exclaiming this word. Nine hours, with two fifteen minute breaks, and one 1/2 hour break. Only in the fields did I hear the word, constantly, it was * this, and * that, and *en children, and *en self, and * en grocery, and *en day.

The lovely part about it was they spoke mostly Spanish so, these * moments were like innuendoes, really harmless. Apparently, the word, spoken in the right place can be non-offensive...truly it didn't bother me. There was a nice middle-aged women there too, she would smile at me, I at her as the community of *word speakers went on as if it was normal...it was for them.. so why should I give a *. (I can't believe I wrote that!).

It's very difficult to be in the beauty of acres of growing grapes and be offended in anything; so why can't I take that to the world. Is not the vinedresser with us all?

I appreciate your boldness to poetic about this subject...freedom truly does still ring in USA!

-pochinuk


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

What a delightful raw comment P... enjoyed the comment immensely


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

You know I, like Faith, despise that word but I do have an interesting story about it. When my son and daughter were tiny, three, four years old maybe, we had a clunker of a car that did not want to pull a hill and visiting my mom there was always this one we just did not know if we would make it up and every time my husband would say, this f...ing hill and then we would fight because of him saying something like that in front of our kids. Well I finally won the fight and the next time we went my husband was as good as gold and never said a word, so my son jumped up from the back seat and said it for him!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

lol..... funny J.L... :)


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Definitely an overused adjective.

EWF


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

hey thanks for stopping by Eric


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

lovely rhyme,..

the F-word...

Good job sire.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you for stopping by Uban :)


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

Interesting themes with threads of truth running so true throughout. Both revealing and inspiring of those actions.

tim


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Bk42author 2 years ago from New York

Great poetry! Especially The F*** Word poem. Voted up!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you TSmog and Bk42author for stopping by :)

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