Pour Pattern

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This case could stump,

it took place in a two-story dump,

where the homeless lived with no shame,

mailboxes had scratched away names,

blackened by the intense flames,

it was a crime scene,

because of the pour pattern

from gasoline,

it was considered a murder,

but the evidence would have to take,

a good lawyer can suggest that someone

spilled the stuff by mistake,

then accidentally dropped a smoke,

and only the truth would choke,

even if the pour pattern can hold,

it’s often told,

juries like dead people with bullet holes,

or knives stuck into their backs,

everything else gets piled up in stacks,

there were no witnesses,

just a bunch of burned furniture,

and one crispy critter in the middle of the room,

it was going to be a long afternoon,

even longer if a witness didn’t turn up soon,

it was a homeless guy,

about sixty-five,

with a black patch over the right eye,

the poor bastard was lying there like a steak,

that someone forgot to turn over,

and if the detectives don’t catch a break,

he’ll be just another Shake N Bake.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Good Read and thought provoking. Voted Up.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

LOLOLOL. There you go , Frank Antanacio, a shake and bake. Do not let too many hear , these expressions because it our world they quickly stick.

I heard , stiffs, expired, croak and many more.

This is you at your best brethren.

Bless.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

yeah sky I'd knew you'd catch that one lol :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Shake n' bake and crispy critters--LOL


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

glad you liked it :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Good one my friend to enjoy reading. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks writer20 bless you :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

yes I liked the 'Skake n bake' and the crispy critter too Lol. Anyone like their steak well done?

Enjoyed this one


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reikieffect 4 years ago

This poem that started so sad and somber, turned around without a warning and made me laugh. :) Shake n Bake. You twisted it around Frank and made it unique!


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Oh my! how do you manage to create scene so stark with such few words? Great write! Have a blessed day! Peace!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Frank without a doubt this is one of your best yet. Unique is right everything came together in your creativity perfectly.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Rosemay,, you're nuts LOL thank you :) Reik thanks for stopping by always good to see you.. shimdawn thank you for your comment and Alastar thanks for that vote of confidence bless you all :)


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Awesome. Shake N Bake ends this in great style with ease. All of your poems have truth in them and are vivid with their wording.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks express10 for enjoying my pour pattern bless you


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

lost and forgotten...awesome write Detective Frank...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again raci :)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh, Frank! I don't know what to say...so somber and dark, every detail right, the description of what juries like was perfect....the patch over one eye was just right...and then you betrayed the mood you were building (or that was building inside of me) with "SHAKE AND BAKE!"

I am shaken, confused, the "center will not hold."

Shall I laugh or cry or feel sad or giggle. This was a disquieting read, to say the least. :) So I am SHARING, of course. :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you PHDAST7 for your honest comment FRank


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Unsolved mysteries of the "disposable people" kind, the homeless who have few fighting for them. Powerfully written and evocative. You have a way with words, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you pegcole :)


Manuela 21 months ago

I love numbers/math. Majored in fiannce and minored in math in college. In High School I got 7 years of math (block classes every year except freshman year had to go to a local college my senior year of high school for calc 2 and calc 3)


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton Author

what????

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