So Euphoric Was He

When war breaks out,

The devil really doesn’t care,

Giving birth over and over

To destruction and fear,

The night blanketed with screams,

Ghosts form like endless streams,

It’s a devil’s dream,

As the spirits of young men float by,

They wound through God’s heart,

Yes he would cry,

And in that he was sure,

All the dead soldiers came from war,

The devil,

So euphoric was he,

The dead littered as far as his eyes could see,

Dim lights, hopeless nights,

All this happens when mortals fight,

Killing each other

With all their might,

And peace, so distant,

Clearly out of sight,

The light imitating the night,

And life imitating death,

As God sits back gasping for breath,

Humans are so violent,

It’s as if they only hear

The devil’s call,

Humans kneel, pray, fight and fall,

Blame God,

Told him he failed,

And behind them on the cross,

Was God’s son violently nailed.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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writinglover 3 years ago from Lost...In Poetry

This sent shivers down my spine. I loved the imagery that was portrayed here. I say, well done! Voted up awesome!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you for reading :)


Valleypoet 3 years ago

A distressing and poignant illustration of the horrors of war, with ghastly images of an elated Devil sneering at his handiwork on the battlefield. The ending is powerful and symbolic...impressive work Frank:-))


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh my goodness dearest Frank!

This is one amazing write here. I believe you understand the character of God more than you know . . . WOW, this is truly superb writing here.

Now . . . your hub gave me goosebumps too! I must link this to my soldier hub, if I may? So very good, this one. Oh, love the title, so cool.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

wow thank you faith.. means a lot coming from you.. bless you :)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Frank this is the most wonderful and beautiful poem you have ever done in my eyes.. I am in awe.. You described what i think and you described it in a way that leaves tears in my eyes what hey did to our Lord.

I am sharing this gem you wrote.. this is completely a work of art

many blessing to you

Debbie


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Another great piece of work...voted up and sharing....


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Gosh...so true. The devil inside man tends to come out.

Beautiful yet gross :(


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web923 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

"it's as if they only hear the devils call." What a fantastic poem this is! What more can one say that hasn't already been said? Awesome!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

What adds a level of "coldness" to your excellent poem; America is experiencing problems training men to kill. Knowing this. read your poem. Chilling what you created. Thank you


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. A hauntingly, poignant poem.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Our Ms Brooks and Justateacher God bless you for stopping by :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you too Ruch and web for visiting my page :) Frank


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

and thank you Mhatter and Gypsy for visiting my war poem bless you guys too :)


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Amen. Frank you wrote this perfectly. As we humans focused on Satan's deceptions and distractions, the Son of Gad was violently murdered. Alas, it continues all the centuries later. Bless you dear friend.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Hyphen good to see you and Happy New Year :) Frank


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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Frank, I think this also applies to violent crimes like Sandy Hook- similar emotions. When I began to read it, I knew consciously that you had written about war but in my mind- still trying to process Sandy Hook and the Aurora Theater shooting- I went there instead. Thanks for helping me out...


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

As always so powerful and gripping. I vote across,up and share.

Eddy.


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Powerful Frank. I cannot help but cry when I see the cross, stirring emotions on how one man who spoke of love was nailed to a tree in such a barbaric way, so violently was my Lord crucified. Yes humans continue to kill each other so without thought, through wars and hate, senseless battles rage on. Thank you my friend for writing this powerful piece.

Sunnie


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Perhaps war is the innate nature of human psychology. There is no war between rights and wrongs, but between the two rights.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Storyteller Sunnie, Eddy and a very good point Vin thank you guys for reading :)


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Really says it all for the ravages of war and senseless conflict, says it in a way that goes shivery deep. Frank this could go as a chapter header in a best-seller history book on just about any war. Well done bro.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is such a powerful poem Frank. Voting UP


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Alastar, thank you bro..:) LOL and you too Rosemay and gang for visiting :)


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b. Malin 3 years ago

A very Powerful, and yet Poignant Poem Frank. War...what are we Fighting for...Absolutely Nothing.

Voted Up & Awesome.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Another bonafide classic from you Sir Frank and one of my personal favorites which is saying a lot because you will always be one of my favorite writers - anywhere on the internet (or beyond) - sending you warm wishes on the coldest day yet by lake erie time ontario canada 11:24am


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thank b. malin.. WAR..what is it good for? LOL and Epi you are a true gentleman bless you :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Good poetry and great expressions too.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This Frank is your very best. It comes from the soul and speaks so much truth. No trouble understanding this. Up and sharing.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much DDE and Jackie for stopping by bless you both :)


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida

War has always seemed like the powerful man's game of chess. I was off a bit. I see now that the powerful man's opponent may not be another man but the Devil. What a challenge... How could they resist? Awesome. Thought provoking as usual.

I just started looking under your activity tab for your most recent work since I have not seen you on my feed.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Moms sometimes that happens but I wanna be on your feed... the need to be on your feed is greed LOL :)


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida

intrigued - to hear you speak of your need. :)

As far as technology - I will seek you out on my own if it does not do its job correctly.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL your good.. sweet dear moms :)


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Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

This is truly amazing you paint powerful images with your words and the middle third of this one really provoked me to think about how the world can appear to us today. You are a master of your craft.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Express10


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

The devil just wants to destroy man. It keeps trying to steal, kill and demolish. you have conveyed this very well through the use of imagery. (peace so distant) voting up awesome! Hope you have an eggcellent Easter weekend.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Marlene hope you have a great Easter too :)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Frank - Powerful and poignant. Much truth here. This may be my favorite of your war poems. Blessings. Theresa


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Once again Phdast7 thank you for leaving footprints on my war collections..:)


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Valley that means a great deal coming from The Poet! Bless you bro :)

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