Paroxysm of Fear

She obeyed,

and the demand was clear,

that spoken command

released her from a paroxysm of fear,

and her heart was beating

in the palm of her hand,

a thin scream rose from the damned,

the horror continued to grow,

her body bent,

as if someone had struck her

a sharp blow,

her mind riddled and spent,

and he stood at the door,

sweat breaking to the floor,

his wounds were fresh,

a hideous covering of injured flesh,

the blood would stream,

she released a piercing scream,

but she caught it at once

with her quivering hand,

his eyes bulging, face sunk,

he held the door knob

as if he were drunk,

she got up and started running,

her death was near and she knew,

so running was all she could do,

running blindly down the street,

no shoes on her feet,

she was running and breathing,

and breathing and running,

what followed her was death,

she kept running until there was no sound,

but the sound of her running, and his breath,

the moths dancing at the street light,

watched her breathing deep

into the quiet of the night,

and more running.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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x2x3 5 years ago

Wooo...Scary :)


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Terishere 5 years ago

Wow! This poem kept me in suspense!

Great writing!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great poem. I was running with her, now I'm out of breath.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much X and teri and Writer you made me laugh LOL

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

I felt like I lost my breath on this one! Voted up and interesting!

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PoweroftheCross 5 years ago from Above and Beyond...

Her heart beating in the palm of her! I can feel her fear to the last full stop. More than great poem! That moth at the street light is way scary too.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Miss Kitty and The Power of the Cross

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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Hope to the last breath. I always want them to get away because of their amazing sense of hope.

I am foolish in that I fight or die trying. Overall the hopeful have a higher rate of survival.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

I agree moms the hopeful do have a larger chance of survival..thanks for popping on by :)

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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL frank isn't it ironic that she's running out of breathe and I too am out of breath at my work desk, lol i think its home time fever i'm having lol.

Profound poem :) keep up the good work you should do some more poems

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Lady dont work so hard :)

Marco 24 months ago

I got 1 case of HGSS and 1 case of unleashed when they were first rsleaeed. Both of those sets caused headaches and very non user friendly patterns. They seems to have 2-3 patterns combined into a single box in most cases. I actually had to open about 75% of the packs of each set to get all the expected primes/legends.

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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton Author


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