The Lights In Her Eyes Grew Dim


She had some strength,

and that was surprising,

she felt weak, dazed,

and the hunger was rising,

the gripping pains

knotted her heart,

and clamped her veins,

she fought back the cries,

as she lowered her head,

and she wanted to close her eyes,

as the salty air dries,

the truth in her darkness,

were nothing but lies,

around her the shadows drew in,

closer, and her breath grew thin,

her body shivered,

and the bit of life

that held her tight, quivered,

the shadows approached

and they seemed to glide,

turning her slowly to the side,

so that they could see her face,

she stiffened,

and swallowed hard without taste,

the sand sticking to her feet,

clinging, stinging,

and the air changed, now hot and sweet,

her heart slowly began to lose its beat,

the fear was clear,

as the shadows whispered

in her bowed ear,

the darkness covered the sun,

and haunting music had begun,

eerie and alarming, very grim,

growing louder,

as the lights in her eyes grew dim.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I want to hug her and tell her all will be well. Can you please pass on the message Frank. Thank you! UP/Awesome/Interesting/Huggable!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

wow, great work here, frank. I was right there with you, my friend


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Poor soul!


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Another great one!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sunshine, PDX Vinaya and Justateacher for reading my shorts :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Missed this one before. Wow! I could almost feel what she was feeling.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks justasksusan :) Frank


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I don't know how I missed this but I'm glad Susan shared. So poignant and touching...you really reach in and grip the soul. How very sad, yet beautiful.

Voted up and awesome!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks alot Til.. bless you :)

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