The Sinners Would Win

So many children in this country dies,

and the truth is hidden behind lies,

most are killed by a deliberate

act of sadism,

born of the same impulse

that causes small children

to pull the wings off flies,

and so many prayers fill the skies,

murder has become so common

that it fulfills a thrill,

and when it happens,

it no longer has that chill,

sorrow stuck in their throats,

the two women dressed

in white lab coats,

couldn’t fight back the emotions

that rose,

as they hovered

over the dead girl’s clothes,

their faces bathed in studious

professorial intensity,

paying their dues,

they seemed to be massing

a collection of microscopic clues,

as they puttered back and forth,

between the shirt and shoes,

the child’s ghost walked passed

the lab windows and doors,

it watched intently

as hope just covered the floors,

a crime was a crime,

but a sin was a sin,

the ghost seemed to be taking it all in,

but offered no reaction,

because in this case,

the sinner would win.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

An unfortunate and tragically chilling slice of reality. It gave me chills. Voted up and interesting.

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janiek13 5 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

I thought it somber and beautiful at the same time. Thank you for speaking for the unknown ones. I believe the sinners win but for a moment.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much for reading K Burns and thank you Janie13 for gracing my page with your comment..:) Frank

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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida

Humanity - capable of extreme light and extreme dark. You have such a clear vision of reality. Undoubtedly from your experience with it. I often wondered how people constantly exposed to the dark side of human nature coped. How do they not lose hope or believe in the lighter side.

I have a couple of trooper buddies who think everyone is a liar, all marriages are in vain, and dark is all around. He looks at me and my daughter as weirdos because we are 'different'.

I wonder what you believe...

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

so sad and intense.. and unfortunately so true. but this cuts to the core of the soul.. Great job Frank.

Blessing today

I voted way up


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Great brethren Frank. A victory that is short lived, in the eyes of man after his money , no truth really exist, the reality is already missed , in their minds.

A very intense poem , that exposes the simplicity that Murder has become , it's in some cases no longer a crime , to other humans and even fearfully witnessed by the corpse ghost.

Yes it may seem as if the sinners win, but look again , look carefully and you with see , how their lives reeks with misery and pity.

Give thanks.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Moms secret thank you for your comment I believe there is good and bad in everyone hope the good outweighs the bad :)

and thank you Our Ms Brooks always nice to see you

and Sky you're always there having my back bless you man :) Frank

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Senoritaa 5 years ago

Why do I get the feeling that your hands were trembling while penning this down? Its too heart wrenching.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Powerful words Frank: a true sign of talent and has to be awarded that up up and away !!!!

Take care and enjoy your days.


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Well done as always Frank! I felt for the girl!

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Senoritaa Im still waiting to create a dark write with you LOL :) thanks for the comments.. my hands never shake... LOL well always never... Eddy thank you so much for the up and away.. and Audry always glad to see you thanks for the comment and the read

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Sad poem for that poor child, Greatly written. Voted up

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much writer20

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

It must be so hard for people to deal with all the deaths that they do on a daily basis.

Wonderful poem!

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

Another great poem...I can see the child's ghost watching the scene...and hoping that the sinner didn't win...

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jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Its unfortunate that the sinners would win. Tragic, profound and a slice of reality for some children. Its sad when death becomes a common occurrence. I cannot imagine a life as such. Its disheartening. Thank you for sharing this tragic poem. It needed to be said. Voted up.

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iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

Very tragic and emotional poem...great work!!!

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I can so much understand your words because child abuse happens rampantly in my country.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Just Ask Susan for reading, Justateacher thank you too andjeyarmand thanks for stopping by and you as well iguidenetwork and my good friend Vinaya Ghimire aka VG :) Frank bless you all

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Powerful poetry Frank. Up and awesome. I like how you always speak the truth in your poetry. Every now and then, the old lady watches Nancy Grace. Seems like everday, a young baby or child is missing. Very true poem, sad though.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

very haunting work, Frank!

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Alastar for taking the time out and reading my sinners .. and you too lyricwriter thanks so much PDX thank you for leaving footprints I appreciate it :) Frank Bless you all

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freelanceauthor 5 years ago

Jesus died because the sinners won. Nice hub

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for your comment freelanceauthor :) Frank

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Frank

The law at least in Canada protects the sinner more than the victim.

Voted up and awesome.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

no problem, frank. my pleasure!

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

always getting in the last word PDX LOL you're funny :) Frank

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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I don't know why but my first thought was abortion, until I read on. I think in America the sinner is more protected too.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I could see why you would think that my inro to the child's murder could be viewed that way to start off.. but thank you for reading Jackie :) Frank

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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


Speaking of WOW, this poem captures the devastation of childhood cruelty and loss and does so with such intensity.V+/Share


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Ocfireflies :)

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Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton Author


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cam8510 24 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

Wow Frank. I'm not sure what you did to deserve that previous post, but it sounds important.

Otherwise, your poem shows how every part of society is impacted by this horrible crime. Some can't deal with it, while others do. Great job describing the horrific side.

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Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton Author

lol thanks Cam.. i know right

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