Salt and Dust


The child was crying pitifully,

her body feverish and hungry,

and her mother had just died there,

she was hugging her for warmth,

avoiding fear,

as an angel watched over her in tears,

human litter on the bed,

a young mother dead,

sheets covered in stains,

and urine tracks,

her face was like candle wax

the child filled with emotional strains,

as her life slowly drains,

there was no one to trust,

the dead mother’s skin

was like crust,

and the air smelled of salt and dust

then the child sat,

only four years old,

no bigger then that,

the room was cold,

the angel covered his eyes,

and his wings would fold,

mom, wake up,

she whispered under her breath,

and that angel was the only witness

to that death...

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

They are the lone witnesses to all deaths. Well that if you believed in the most High .

Nice flowing poem with great meaning . Great work brethren Frank .

Bless.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks sky 10k yet? LOL


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh Frank this is such a sad one. :(


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

and still you read it.. you are so sweet susan bless you :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You definitely know how to bring a tear.

Well written and good flow.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful sad poem, great work Frank, Voted up and awesome, your friend Joyce.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh Frank.. so beautiful and sad.. sweet little girl all by herself but not quite and angel to hold her. and watch over her. I love this Frank.. Great job

I voted up

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much rosemay50 for reading my salt and dust and thank you writer20 for always being here and Our Ms Brooks just gotta love you bless you all :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, another example of great poet skills my friend. This one has so much emotion and detail. Voted up and awesome Frank. I bet you could write some great stories as well.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks thelyricwriter for your vote of up and awesome LOL


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

A poignant one Frank, and sad- but the imagery is vivid and enfolding.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Alastar


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savanahl 4 years ago

Wow Frank! I'm gone for a day and you go and make me cry. I can feel all sorrow in every word. Beautifully done. Voted up and awesome.


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reikieffect 4 years ago

Frank, you make me laugh one day, and now you made me sad. Thanks for bringing so many emotions to my life! Beautiful poem!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

aaaaww im sorry sava here let me give you a hug :) feel better now?


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

and Reik im extending my hugs to you too feel better? thank you so much for sharing my salt and dust Frank


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savanahl 4 years ago

Much better Frankie, thank you ;)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

anytime :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

oh god...that's a very tense moment and you captured it well.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

ruch you are way too kind thank you frank


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great read Frank;gripping till the end.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you


Sueswan 4 years ago

So heartbreaking Frank but beautifully written.

Voted up and awesome


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Sueswan for the footprints you're leaving over my pages..:) bless you


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Dear cousin, this is terribly sad, but you are a wonderful poet.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks Brother...:)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Frank - What an unusual poem. Quite sad, heartbreaking, and yet there is still a beauty in it. You do masterful work.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

phdast7 go on... no really go on..:) thanks for reading my friend Frank


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I think phdast is quite right--sad and so beautiful--


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Audrey

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