The Foundations of Life

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The devil stood alone in the shadows,

it was during the quiet storm,

watching spirits move about

the infant’s silent form,

soft, gentle, at peace,

and the warmth ran deep,

the child was in a perfect sleep,

but could only choose one voice,

it was the child’s choice,

the ascension to heaven depended

on an intricate string of prayers,

that would make the angels speak,

and the demons weak,

heaven or hell, no one could tell,

no soul to sell,

but the infant had it’s value, its worth,

death before birth,

there was no extortion,

mother a teenager girl,

the father paid for the abortion.

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© 2014 Frank Atanacio

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Comments 66 comments

Jane Arden 2 years ago

Woe. That was incredibly moving and sad. Really well written as usual.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

wow just posted it.. thank you Quick Jane..:) bless you


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

That damn devil at work again. Powerfully disturbing poem Frank. Well done.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is great Frank, you should do more like this, it has a message so big! You give the devil his due and all those who stand with him!! Up, across and sharing.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

This is very powerful. The devil hates life, he hates love and he hates all that is good. I've known several women, one in particular, grappling with the aftermath of abortion. We hear so much about "choice." We don't hear about the physical and especially the psychological fallout of abortion.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Frank, this is outstandingly good. You pack a hell of a punch. I like to believe that those little souls floats right back to heaven, the Devil should only watch from the shadows.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

"But the infant had it’s value, its worth." Eternal value, if you please. In the devil's face.


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

This poem took my breath away, it's amazing!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Ryem, dear MsDora, Jackie( always good to see you ) and tobusiness sorry for your loss..:( and Ologinsquito.. bless you guys for visiting my life :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Jodah for stopping by :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Beautiful yet sorrowful. You have a natural gift for poetry, Frank. I hope you keep writing poems.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

oh Phyllis go one..:) LOL thank you


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animalman 2 years ago from East Providence, RI

Deeply moving Frank. My oldest grandchild was born when my daughter was 15, I will forever be grateful my daughter chose life as I could not imagine my life without her in it. Reading this pulled up the emotions I felt when finding out she was pregnant. I think I know what I will be writing about in the next day or two! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This is a sad place for anyone to be Frank--it is always difficult to make choices like this--


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you animalman and Faith for those touching comments..bless you guys :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Audrey for stopping by :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

well thank you flourish :)


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Brief but very much to the point which makes it so awesome.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Came back to pin, tweet and share as I said I would do. You really hit this one out of the park, Frank!

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


Christine Marie 2 years ago

Frank,

"..the child was in a perfect sleep..."

"...mother a teenager girl,...

"the father paid for the abortion..."

In my opinion you have established a triune territory in regards to life. There is a battle too: choices and options one feels compelled to do vs an unthwarted will at work.

I have read this three more times, slowly; and I have another thought to share; perhaps radical, perhaps not so radical (hadn't thought that far yet) but I'll share:

"...no soul to sell..."

This poem is dramatic and convinces me of immaculate conception(s), a quickening together of one unto life- in a very pure way!; spiritual...a knowing before the womb and being set apart if I can say it that way.

Your poem is an emotive issue, I would like to encourage you to seek to continue to write more in this mode. (genre', whatever, I think you know what I mean.)

-Christine


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Blossoms


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Faith ..:) and thank you Christine for commenting.. you should come back to Hub.. some of your comments are hub quality.. they pack a punch..:) bless you


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W1totalk 2 years ago

Very strong work and extremely effective.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you W1totalk


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Foundations of Life is a beautiful poem with a a bit of a sad effect with great emotions


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you DDE


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wow Frank this great hub certainly hit the spot. Voting up ; you are indeed a wonderful writer and here's to so many more to come.

Enjoy your day .

Eddy.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I thought this was going to be a stillborn or miscarriage; your ending took me aback with its extra poignancy and sadness. The foundations of life are worth more than this. Excellent! Ann


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BeBop1005 2 years ago from Oneonta, NY

Wow. This hub gave me chills.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much for reading Eddy, Annart.. and BeBop1005


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Wow, very moving indeed. Well done.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Nadine :)


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG, This is amazing! I wasn't expecting the ending. Loved it. Thank you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

WOW That comes right at you.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank so much Always... and thank you too Gypsy


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh my goodness what a sad way to start my day. Brilliant as always Frank.


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stricktlydating 2 years ago from Australia

A sad poem that really has some impact.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey Frank "Gute Morgen" very nice poem about an abortion :) isn't it sad!


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

So sad, but still a wonderful poem. Needs to think about.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you kerlund74 :)


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Darknlovely3436 2 years ago from NewYork

abortion is touchy subject... sad write..


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

yes it is dark.. thanks for popping by :)


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

sad! sad! sad!

quite a big loss to the doer...


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Uban


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Excellent Poem on a "Hot Topic"...Abortion, handled oh so well by you Frank, in this delicate form. Right or Wrong, the truth is somewhere in between, and someone has to live with their decision.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much B Malin :)


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida

Amazing word play. Powerful and profound. I was never able to chose a side about this but that seems to be in my nature for a great many things.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks moms good to see you again :)


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Painting a deep message in poetry here. Silence ...


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you manatita44


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Tragic, dark and very well written.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Anna


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz

Life, so easy to make, far too easy to take. In 'perfect sleep', we encroach upon their crib, to slay them ere they wake, the world of them to rid.

Something about your work inspires me Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL, I see very good my friend :)


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Someone else I know summed this up perfectly, when he said, "the devil hates life and love"


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks ologsinquito


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savvydating 2 years ago

Indeed, "the infant had it’s value, its worth." I have no judgement for confused teenagers, nor do I suggest in any way that you do. But the beautiful point you made is that this life had value and has probably returned to the Spirit from whence it came...

Another beautiful piece, Frank. I cannot help but marvel at your talent.

Up, awesome, beautiful.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

A beautiful poem to describe the deeper meaning surrounding an abortion. You are very talented.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you savvy dating and Nadine May for visiting :)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 16 months ago

I dream of one day this poem can be something that women who wish to abort would read before the decision is made. And the dad's of babies would have to read it too. This poem really stands out.

It is profound and the circle of life you have created with your perfect words. Shared and Up+ Awesome, Beautiful, Brilliant, Interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Jo thank you for leaving footprints on my work today bless you


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Profound and deep. I was so moved by this piece that words were hard to come by, to say it is a masterpiece is an understatement. Congratulations on your Gold award.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Dana Tate :)


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Darknlovely3436 16 months ago from NewYork

sad write.. but there is always two sides to s stories


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Darknlovely


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Im sorry JustaskSusan :( but thanks and thank you too strictlydating and Lady Fiddler for visiting my foundation....

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