The Daylight Did Not Exist

The magnificent nightmare would insist,

that the daylight did not exist,

in terror I heard the names,

and the shadows before my eyes

crackled like flames,

and such intensity can destroy you

then dies,

I found myself trapped in fears,

forsaking dreams of ethereal simplicity

as I fought back the tears,

the air was bitter then sweet,

as my shadow would roam

a dark and narrow street,

I could hear myself moan,

as if I were in shock,

then I’d return to the ticking clock

in my bedroom,

which was laid out upon the night stand,

in total command,

there was a soft hush,

then came a dark rush,

I accepted it, I simply had no choice,

a spirit began talking

in a high, rapid, animated voice,

ghosts were walking

on the top floor,

repeating over and over,

I heard them talking,

until they finally reached my door,

they stood there,

and anger seemed to settle very near,

I was trapped in a dim light’s mist,

and the daylight did not exist.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

Very interesting and dark poem, nice.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Frank all though this poem is dark it is beautiful ... I am going to post it on my facebook wall...debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you school girl for real :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Our Ms Brooks you are a wonderful lady :) Bless you


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

This must jump high up on the leader board, these are poems that speaks and though the poet knows in most cases , with careful attention your readers with catch my drift.

This is a special poem , and I know you would admit.

Great work Brethren Frank

Blessings .


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks sky for reading my daylight bless you :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Dark and beautiful--I could say it over and over--but I always find that it fits your work so well--This piece in particular seemed to move out of a careful rhyme scheme and I really liked that --it gave it more edginess for me--


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Audrey thank you so much for stopping by my daylight bless you dear woman :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Dark and creepy good. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks writer20 ur the best


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echoe0021 4 years ago from Conway, AR

That was an excellent exposition of fear and sadness. Desperation came across in this poem. I liked it.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks echo great comment :) Frank


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Was this a real experience, Frank? I think you dreamt this or possibly did experience this to a certain extent, am I correct? That spirit doesn't seem evil to me though...maybe frightening but don't push it away because you don't know it yet...hopefully that makes sense. Voted up and awesome!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I believe this is a bad dream. The ghosts are memories of something done as a child and parents were very angry, maybe locked in a darkened bedroom. The feeling of darkness and no daylight is the loss of the love and rejection.

I am probably miles off but that is my thoughts anyway. Lol


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for reading Kitty.. no it's just fiction I wrote this as if someone else was telling me their nightmares.. :) and Rosemary50 thank you for your comment oo bless you :) Frank


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up and all across but funny. Wow Frank, this is my new favorite for sure. So many things in life can be associated to this work. I am always able to visualize when I read your poetry. Another great poem Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much thelyricwriter :) bless you


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank,

You do dark so well. When I have a nightmare, the first thing I do is jump out of bed and turn on the light.

Voted up and away!


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Darkness and terror do block out the light of rational thought... your words beautifully create the atmosphere and take us through the experience.. well done! Pushing all the buttons here.. Have a blessed day. Peace!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Sueswan.. when I have nightmares I don't have to jump out of bed for the lights.. I always go to sleep with the lights on..:) thank you Sue.. and Shim thank you for that wonderful comment bless you too :) Frank


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i share this on my twitter...what a wonderful hub on despair...it leaves the hair on my nape rising...


jamesfl2002@yahoo.com 4 years ago

a pen is always powerful.. if it is used by someone who possesses the mind and uses it to move complex emotions.. great piece my friend raci..


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Raci for that awesome comment..:) Frank


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Beautifully written. This piece is truly a master-piece.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Phoebe Pike :) Frank


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

You're welcome.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

:) ....


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Another good poem. No one sets a mood quite like you do. :) And you used the word "ethereal." I am all but swooning. :)


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

LOL thank you phdast.. tried another word instead of heavenly or light..LOL you are a good commentator :)


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Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

You always eloquently capture darkness into words.


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Sunardi 23 months ago from Indonesia

Wonderful poem, Frank. Night story


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Anna Haven and Sunardi for stopping by happy new year and bless you both


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

Nightmares....always a surprise and so chilling. You have captured them well. The unknown creeping up on us while we helplessly await the outcome.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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Phyllis Doyle 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Up and Awesome, Frank. It sent chills through me. You are so good with words and phrases that bring it home. "I found myself trapped in fears,

forsaking dreams of ethereal simplicity

as I fought back the tears," - chilling! and very vivid.


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PsychGeek 23 months ago from UK

You have a special talent for poetry Frank, the best work I have read in some time, voted up!


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much tillsontitan.. always good to see you.. and thank you Phyllis.. bless you and Psychgeek welcome to my page happy new year guys and gals..:)


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DWDavisRSL 23 months ago from Eastern NC

A dark and image evoking poem that made the cold day seem even colder somehow.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks DWDavisrsl :)


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lisavanvorst 23 months ago from New Jersey

I had goose bumps and the hair stood up on my arms. A very mysterious hub. Great job Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Lisa

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