The Strangest Sensation

Gone was the trust,

the old missing persons file,

just collected dust,

it was a ten year old boy

who had disappeared from

his parents house on Taft Street,

it was during a mid-July day,

in a god awful heat,

that was then,

and he was never to be seen

alive again,

a telephone pole on the corner

still held two pictures

of the missing child,

he was once the center stage,

now the photos just age,

time really quiets the cry,

but everyone who walked by,

felt the strangest sensation,

his memories didn’t want to die

and his spirit didn’t want to go,

the investigation started fast,

and just ended slow,

the photographs were in

black and white,

and just of the child’s head,

you could look at it from every angle,

it didn’t matter, the child was dead,

and in short,

it became part of the decade’s

missing child’s report.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

How very sad, and unfortunately, in most cases, so very true. It amazes me how many missing children's cases are never solved. Great job, Frank. Keep up the great crime poetry. :) VUM.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you ttombs for just being here bless you :) Frank


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I can picture you typing away at an old Remington typewriter. A crime scene reporter.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I love your poetry it's always very interesting like the one above.

Voted up and truly awesome, Joyce.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Always, Frank. :) I truly enjoy your poetry, and that is saying something. :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thank so much Mckbirdbks ... Joyce thanks for reading my sensation and TTOMBS bless you girl again :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Missing persons and cold case files; reports filed in a drawer. Bare black and white remembrances of a human child no longer with us.

Awesome, Frank. Awesome.


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Truly tragic, but very well written!!! I agree with mckbirdbks, I can definitely picture you typing this on a typewriter...it is the feeling you put into it!! AWESOME Job!!!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

There are too many of these cases out there too Frank. Two little girls in Iowa right now for instance. Well done!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Frank you always get me with your punch ending. The head wow. Too bad it's not just fantasy but too often also reality. Well done.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for reading Pegcole, and Patty... good to see you again X-man lol and Gypsy always good to see youtoo bless you all Frank


KatrineDM 4 years ago

Very well written Frank, but very sad too...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Kat for reading :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So sad but so true. Too many children go missing .... never to be found. Wonderful piece Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for stopping by JustaskSusan :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well everytime I arrive here Frank on your hallowed scene I will tell the entire world you are one of my favorite writers here and yes the epi-man learns from you all of the time and he is always inspired by your craft - it shines ....... lake erie time 6:25pm


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

epi hands down you're still the master...bless you


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your fiction scenario has roots in reality for many children and cases of missing children. A little girl in our area has been missing for over 10 years and occasionally I see an old flyer and photo. It breaks my heart all over again. But the Etan Patz case has proven that secrets will be discovered eventually. I hope every case is solved so loved ones can be relieved of that burden. You always write of these with love Frank. Thank you for that.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Another deep poem of mystery and murder. Your poetry is addicted and you are such a talent Frank. This happens all the time, just most people are unaware or don't care. So your poetry also brings awareness in a sense. You the man Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Hyphen for your comment bless you and thank you too thelyricwriter for stopping by bless you too!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very well done and we can all relate because there seems to be so much senseless crime. You have carved out such a clear niche for your writing, Frank.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, the images in this poem are very strong. I can see the scenes you describe.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for reading PHDAST and you too VG bless you both :) Frank


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Angelme566 4 years ago

Very well written , your message reach us . Voted up !


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks angelme for visiting my strangest sensation


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

awww...that's so sad...been missing the report from you Frank...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading my strange sensation Raci bless you

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