That Perfect Day


War exploded the night before,

death was begging for more,

but the dawn on a battlefield

was a thing of breathtaking beauty,

the violence would yield,

sunlight filtered through

a large bank of clouds,

coloring the skies

in pastels of oranges and yellows,

which could easily dry your eyes,

mountains seemed to skim

along the edges of the cloud,

the air was fresh and thin,

snow-capped peaks reflected

the colorful rise of the sun,

you’ll want it no other way,

that perfect day,

would remain slim,

as war breaks out again,

humanity would fail,

and the beauty thins away,

and grows chill and pale.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is a differenct type of poem for you, but it still reads so well.

Voted up and awesome, my friend, Joyce.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Another beauty Frank. Voted up and shared too!!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank

"in pastels of oranges and yellows,

which could easily dry your eyes"

Beautiful imagery. The ugliness of war scars the beauty.

Voted up and away.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sunrise and sunsets can be so beautiful.


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

You have painted a vivid visual image with your words, Frank. It brings to mind also the devastation of the fire from CO. War and its aftermath bring such havoc to our beautiful world. Great write once again!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

A momentary reprieve from the raging battle...nicely done, Frank. :) VUM.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

The perfect day blighted by the darkness of war, nothing changes.

As always Beautifully done


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Nothing changes, as always. Very nice Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Writer20 and janine for visiting my perfect day.. Sueswan thank you so much too.. Justasksusan thanks for stopping by... time2rite always good to see you.. Ttombs thanks for your support tobusiness welcome to my page Xstatic.. nothing changes yet..:) LOL bless you all


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Frank.. this is so beautiful.. I love reading your poems.. I am learning a lot from you my friend.. and i have a lot to learn.

Blessings

Debbie


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Love this poem such a contrast between beauty and war. Passing this on.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks for stopping by Our Dear Ms Brooks.. and Gypsy thanks for checking out my perfect day :) Frank


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epigramman 4 years ago

...you're an artist with words Frank - our styles are very similar that way and I love the way you use words and paint cinematic pictures and always tell a narrative story - I am inspired by YOU.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks epi Im not at your level yet but Im trying :) Have a super day


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

For such a short poem, it was really deep and filled with emotion. You did a great job with it Frank. :) Voted up and beautiful! Always a pleasure.

-Aubrey


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, awesome, and interesting Frank. I can always vision your poetry Frank. Very impressive as always my friend. Have a good one:)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading crazednovelist and always good to see you the lytricwriter


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Very, very nice. Loved it and voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks moonlake


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

You always paint incredible pictures with your words. Another brilliant piece, I am so pleased that I stopped by.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for reading acaetnna...Frank


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DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

This is captivating, as seen from the eye of the beholder.

Nice work, Frank!—DF


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Though not a soldier myself, I have see witnessed war in my backyard.

The poem made me see the trenches, and hear bullets and bombs.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much D for stopping and good to see you too VG bless you guys :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

war...gosh no words for the disaster it causes and you have expressed it beautifully, Frank.

many votes as interesting and sharing it across


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

What a poem.. It is so different.. Nice


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Good morning and great to see you Ruchira.. thanks for the comment and thank you too Naimishika for stopping by :) Frank


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Angelme566 4 years ago

What to expect with Frank , as always you write so well.. your hands got magic ! Voted Up , interesting and awesome. Have a Good beautiful evening !


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

again thanks for reading Angelme and for leaving a wonderful comment :)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

chilling up to the bone...the day turns dark and bloody...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you raci always good to see you :) Frank

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