The Angel Wept


The angel wept,

as the hungry children slept,

there was nothing he could do

to soothe,

their pink mouths opened,

their round faces

so soft and smooth,

wishing hope was in their places,

survival was slim,

as he looked on

at their radiant and moist skin,

the bed sheets were stained,

mostly with tears,

as the dreams that nestled with them,

were empty and drained,

and the angel strained,

as he moved closer,

better to see them sleep,

he would pray then weep,

and then he would weep then pray,

it was his job

to watch over them that day,

the angel placed his hand over the first boy,

he sensed hunger instead of joy,

they had nothing to play with,

no balls and not a single toy,

massaging the unblemished flesh,

life so young and fresh,

hunger masking the stress,

he was the witness,

and to God he’ll confess,

he turned the boy’s head

slowly against the back

of the crowded bed,

sleep, because when you wake,

hunger would attack,

help them for heaven’s sake,

the angel wept,

because their sadness he couldn’t take.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

You are an angel Frank Atanacio. Your poem is... I've not the words to say. Regards, snakeslane


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

snakeslane.. Ill take that angel's comment LOL thanks for reading :) Frank


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Sadly beautiful. How we all wish "hope was in their places."


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is such a sad poem but written so beautifully.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much tills for reading my angel.. :) Bless you


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miss_jkim 4 years ago

Frank,

I was witness to the gaping and hungry mouths of orphaned children in the crowded orphanages of Romania over 21 years ago, right after the revolution. I am no angel, but I too wept and my heart hurt. Today my Romanian angel is almost 22-years old, as are many other children adopted during that difficult time.

I only wish I could have helped many more children find homes where they would be bathed in love and never feel those pangs of hunger again.

Beautiful Hub, voted up, beautiful and awesome


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Frank, this is so beautiful and yes sad. This was a surprise for me to see such a different poem from you.

Voted up and beautiful


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York

Frankkk...you got me teary eyed and filled my heart with warmth. So painfully beautiful.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

What beautiful melancholy you write. I cannot think of any other way to put it.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks for stopping by Just ask Susan.. and good morning to you :) Miss JKIM thanks for reading me tears.. and Writer20 what can I say you never disappoint bless you... Cara sorry about the tears :( lol thanks for reading and Express 10 good to see you again thanks for the comment :) Bless you all


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Very different kind of poem, and one of the most touching ones I've read in a long time.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Senoritaa and bless you :) Frank


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Frank this is a beautiful poem. I think your words create the most vivid of scenes and the most profound feelings - the mark of a great poet! I truly hope that all those innocents in need do have an angel to weep over them!

Voted up beautiful + awesome!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Seeker7 what a wonderful comment bless you Frank


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello Frank. So many of us weep with the angel. Every person on this planet must get into action and make a difference. There is no shortage anywhere in the world, just unequal distribution. Your poem is strong and heartrending.


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MisguidedGhost16 4 years ago from Queens, New York

As saddening an image this poem brings, it's written with beauty and does great justice for that angel who strains for those children. thanks for this.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You got me again. What a beautiful baby in the picture. To think of one suffering at all, starving, is just heartbreaking. Sadly, it's reality for so many here and even more abroad. Thanks for being the kind of guy that uses his talent to call attention to what is too often swept under the rug. Bless you!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up and awesome Frank. Wow, this is deep pal. It hurts the soul knowing that this really happens. It is a reminder of this sad truth. A good example of why we should key our eyes and ears open and offer a helping hand.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

H-- I couldn't agree with you more thanks for stopping by :) Frank


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thankyou Misguided-ghost :) I love your pen name..:) Frank And Poetvix you are always too kind thank you oh and thank you thelyricwriter for the visit again It makes me feel right LOL Thank you all once again for visiting with me...


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Sadness and beauty often go together and beautiufly unitedas you have done here.

Take care my friend and enjoy your day

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Eddy :) Bless you


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Frank, this is beautiful. I would love permission to display it if my not for profit is ever in the position to have an office. It's in the newborn stages right now...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

anytime Moms-secret thank you so much for thinking this piece could be displayed :) Frank


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Frank...you express beautifully.

The above poem was beautiful yet sad. Take care!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Ruchira for reading


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epigramman 4 years ago

...see you on Facebook with this beauty Frank - it will be posted there with admiration and respect for your world class writing - I always come away in awe and inspired - and this is one of my favorites by one of my favorite writers (anywhere)

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks epi man and bless you :) Frank


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This really means so much to me. I wish I could mail it to every politician but I will send it out to all I know.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Excellent poem, very heartfelt!

John


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Darknlovely3436 4 years ago from NewYork

great poem


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Jackie you are so kind..:) thank you for reading John Sarkis and Darknlovely thank you for leaving footprints on my page bless you all again :)


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Frank, this is a sad reality that many face all over the world.. I wish we could do more instead of just praying! Thanks for sharing. Shalom!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

shimmering thank you for that wonderful comment bless you :) Frank


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

This is an beautifully sad poem. It's more heart-rending knowing that it is so true! Well said, Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much time2write :) Frank


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Heavyhearted and lament in an absolutely brilliant piece of work. I visioned the round, smooth faces of the children and it moved me to tears. So sad.

Blessings,

Sannel


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Sannal


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Love the imagery and the emotions you portray with your words. vote up beautiful.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Love Doctor 926 :) LOL Frank


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Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Good poem...like your style. Voted up, beautiful, interesting. Enjoy your day!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again Bob :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, your poem makes me terribly sad. I see lots of hungry children in my country.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

im so sorry about that my friend.. thanks for stopping by bless you :)


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Angelme566 4 years ago

I love angels and i cry for those unlucky ones , hope all of us would be willing to spare for them , for i believed children deserve all the best in this world.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

again thanks angelme566 for visiting my page :) bless you


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh Frank the sweet children.. breaks my heart to know children are hungry and hurting.. Thank you fior such a beautiful poem my friend.

debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Our dear Ms Brooks :)


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Wow... this poem made me want to cry.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

oh Im sorry Phoebe :( thanks for reading


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

An excellent portrayal as always.

The angels weep in Heaven continually because of all the selfish, hateful, heartless things people do to each other all the time.

Many people choose to blame God for these ugly things, but in fact it is people themselves,adults, who choose to let children go hungry because they can't bear to let go of even a half penny of their money. Money that they have tucked away safe so that when it's time for them to enter Heaven, that money will be sitting by the door in a little duffle bag ready to go -- sort of like the bag an expectant mother might keep ready when her time is near.

No one has yet convinced them that their money will have no value in Heaven. Neither will the history of what they did to collect it. However, their history of stinginess, selfishness, and cruelty will accompany them in its entirety to their new destination . . .

Voted up and awesome! Will share.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Au Fait for your comment and concerns which is obvious.. bless you for that :) Frank


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Don't be sorry. You are an incredible writer to have been able to bring such strong emotions out.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks :) you're too kind


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Angelme566 3 years ago

We are all angels to somebody's life , soul lifting poem ! Happy Easter !


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Angelme566, Happy Easter back :)

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