On The Cross

On The Cross

Courtroom drama, courtroom sin,

sitting at the defense table,

emotions thin,

shakes his head,

but he is not quite ready to give in,

a lot of pointing fingers,

but nothing said,

a testimony lingers,

a verdict is lost,

but he gives everything he can

on the cross,

suggesting the oddly coincidental,

and trying to win over the jury,

his argument had impact,

and his voice had fury,

convictions were down,

so he had to move quickly

to make up for lost ground,

the courtroom was quiet,

and his voice was the only sound,

verbally dramatic,

like reading from a laundry list,

slamming the table with a closed fist,

the judge watched his ramble,

and he wish he had a cigarette,

after that long preamble,

smoking was no longer a real threat,

just anger when eyes met,

it was as if he was challenged,

and had to pass those tests,

he needed a conviction,

before the State Rests.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Angelme566 4 years ago

A thought stirring poem ! Need to read twice to get the whole message. Well written piece.!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Ahhh, the cross examination! I like it, Frank. I see the adverts that came up reference Biblical material rather than courtroom drama.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks angelmee566 sorry about the slight confusion you've experienced..:) Frank


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks pegcole.. I didn't know what I was thinking with the title... although I like On The Cross... :) Frank


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Awesome write once again, Frank; courtroom drama at its finest. Love the title; good play on words there!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

A very good write Frankie. I love the emotion in this line. Slamming the table with a closed fit. I can picture you doing that. lol. just teasing. Thanks for stopping by. It's always good to hear from you. hugs.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks time2rite for stopping by and always good seeing you Marlene hugs right back at you :)


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ALUR 4 years ago from USA

What I enjoy is you entice me to want more: a pretty tough thing. LOL


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Alur...:) Frank


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

One small part of a trial, one moment highlighted -- in just that crucial moment you bring to life the impression of the whole case. Well done, as always, Frank. Voted up awesome and interesting. And shared.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you dear one :)


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Maria Antonia 2 years ago from North Carolina

Well done Frank, voted up! Your writing makes me think of a journalistic observer, putting his personality into reporting the news, teaching and informing, all of the while making us think.


christinemariezzz 2 years ago

...the judge watched his ramble,....wished he had a cigarette. VERY real, true language for the experience...

I chose to eat an apple just before my court meeting yesterday.....

Yikes! . Very real circumstances for others.....brings me too close to the first time I may be cross examined next week- NO! This Hubber is not a criminal and I am NOT GUILTY of anything; just trying to help someone...Nice pic!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Chrisitne and maria for checking out my cross :)

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