The Cage Door


Empty, hollow,

long drawn out breath,

and his life beaten to death,

there was vomit on the cell floor,

and for a few moments,

the derelict was framed

by the cage door,

homeless and poor,

nothing more,

as his hunger and poverty

had no place to hide,

the guard past the lock-up

without even looking inside,

and when you’re down on your luck,

you’re not treated the same,

no one gives a fu**,

they don’t see his pain,

the unmistakable expression

on the derelict’s face,

arrested for trying to find

a warm place,

poor health, hungry, cold,

makes his mind shout,

he was a living, breathing soul,

in that there was no doubt.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Wrenching picture of what happens in every city in this country and maybe across the world. Do bad choices mean condemnation to a life like you describe? So it seems.


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DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Powerful!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Yeah often feel sorry for the poor and downtrodden. Especially the derelicts who have reached rock bottom and now are looking to be saved by anyone who would care and no one does.


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smga22 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Excellent


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much X for your wonderful comment.. and thank you D-F for stopping by my page Gypsy always good to see you and thanks for the comment and smga thank you


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is an amazing poem. Poor homeless people all need help.

Voted up and awesome my friend, Joyce.


Lady_Tenaz 4 years ago

This was amazing, beautiful and sad. Such emotions were pulled out of me while I read this poem. Such a sad tale.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Joyce and Lady T for your comments bless you guys


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is such a timely write Frank---while the battle continues here about the homeless breaking the law when they ppull up a piece of pavement


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Angelme566 4 years ago

A touching reality ! It simply reminds us of our obligations as human being , many creams for help for food , why not give our hands when we can even afford to buy expensive things when at the end we will just leave them..Lets us do our share in this world..You and me..WE !


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Audrey for stopping by and you too Angelme bless you both


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank

"he was a living, breathing soul,

in that there was no doubt."

Very sad.

Voted up and awesome.

Enjoy your weekend. :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks sue you too :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm playing catch up today with my reading:)

Sad scary place for anyone to be ... behind the cage door.

Wonderful piece!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, deep, deep poem friend. The world is a different place when your homeless, it is much bigger and lonely. Awesome writing as usual Frank and a great message. Voted useful, awesome, interesting, and up. Take care Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Susan you're sweet and thelyric writer as always thanks for visiting my cage..:) Frank


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You hit a spot close to my heart with this one Frank

Excellent job.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

now this was Brilliant Frank... If you could combine all your timeless works and insert some connecting text there... you could create a cinematic experience of a lifetime....


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Sadly, so many of the unfortunate people have to suffer more. Awesome composition, Frank! I would love to link this poem to my hub, a poem about "Silence" (in violence).


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Frank you write like it is.. and I love it..

blessings to you my friend

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much rosemay and Rahul for visiting my cage door.. and welcome coffeegin and Deborah for your comments bless you guys


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

This was amazing Frank! You are a master of words. :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

You must be talking about yourself Caroline.. you're the master of words.. LOL


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Empty! Hollow! This is how I feel after reading this poem.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks VG for visiting my cage door


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nice job, frank. Great descriptions!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks PDX :)


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Frank, you're a brilliant poet.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I dont know about that Isa.. but ill take anything I can get and your comment meant alot :) Frank


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Wow words spoken about a wounded soul seeking for cover, for hope, and for shelter from the cold.

I once was this man you speak of, and I got tossed in the cage as well for trespassing and wrongfully beaten by some hotel guards, and right here in the good ole big apple New York City (Manhattan on 34th street, summer of 1998), but I learned something that day as you have said here, No one gave a Fu**.

My life is a true story of survival, and I wish I can write my autobiography onto hubpages, but you know how it goes here so I refrain from doing so, and instead write words of inspiration, of wisdom, and help for others. This is the first poem I've read on hubpages that appeals to the hurt individuals on earth that are truly helpless.

Bro you out done yourself on this one here, I will vote this one up and share it as much as I can, because I been there and done that, and survived to tell it all.

Trust me being homeless isn't pretty at all, if you've ever been forced to go through it. The lord knows I have, oh man it was rough. Thank god for the Navy though, it helped me out in more ways then anyone could imagine.

Awesome poem, wow! Again


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Cloud.. you are all that bro.. God blessed you and here you sit to tell about it.. thanks for the vote up :)


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Beautiful poem, I read your other poems and they are all very good.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thansk angela kane for seeing beauty.... in this poem


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

touching Frank, but you always have a keen sense of humanity in you...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I just want to thank you Raci for leaving your footprints all over my page bless you :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nice Frank. Vivid as always! Well done. Up and shared


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

PDX thank you so much my friend :)

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