She Was Very Forgettable

For weeks her place was as quiet as a mouse,

she lived in a white stone house,

her yard was in much need of a rake,

the paneling on her walls were fake,

her ceilings were dropped tile,

and her fireplace was a worn out brick pile,

she was heavyset, and ugly too,

and about that,

there was nothing she could do,

her home was dirty,

not fit for pigs,

and a thoroughly unattractive woman

whose penchant for wigs,

and fire engine red lipstick,

suggested the need to look good,

but nothing did the trick,

ugliness just stays,

people at work said she was missing for days,

she was very forgettable,

no one remembers the last time

they saw her alive,

her family forgot her birthday,

she was a hard fifty-five,

the homicide unit finally kicked in her front door,

there she was on the floor,

with no need to worry about her ugly looks,


© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

A lotta truth in this poem.

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jjackson786 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

So sad, but true- this happens all the time.

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Terishere 5 years ago

Wow...very true poem!! Sadly, there are many that are viewed as in your poem.


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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Shallow people suck , such a sad shame , that people are that way .... good poem , thanks for sharing:)

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epigramman 5 years ago piece of creative writing I've read in some time - you took me places beyond my imagination - and that's saying a lot - because we're talkin' the epi-man here lol - and you can 'move' people too with just the way you write - at will - about anything - this is a classic and I will post this to my Facebook crowd with a direct link back here - and they shouldn't miss out on a good thing - you!

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

O dear, so sad. Did she kill herself? What happened? I feel so sorry for her. The illusion of life! Well written, descriptive and narrative. Super awesome.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks writer20 and ruffryder for reading :)

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Jackson and terri for reading this peace :)

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you jamie, epi and uban for checking out this forgettable girl :)

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Frank, you touch inner reaches many don't want touched! Beautifully done from start to finish. The sad truth always hits us where it hurts!

Voted all but funny. All my share buttons are missing!

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Till for visiting this forgettable piece :)

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