The Went Field Park Woods



The Went Field Park Woods,

oh the grounds covered

in a darkest shade,

it was nothing like the bayou

or Florida’s Everglades,

but it was a dumping ground

for those who depart

by bullet or blade,

a city’s wilderness

that clenched its thirst

by a small stream,

there, shadows walk, ghosts scream,

it was like a cemetery,

where no one gets buried,

all the bodies remain on top,

when looking for a missing person,

it’s one place to stop,

and it would certainly seem,

that the park has been the scene

of so many unlicensed interments,

who just get away clean.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Well done, Frank...voted up, beautiful, and interesting. It brought a picture of the Dead Marshes from Lord of the Rings to mind. Enjoy your day!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks civil war bob for your comment


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your story/poem keep getting better and better.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

another great poem!! it reads like a story.. Love your work Frank

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much for reading Joyce and Our Dear Ms Brooks


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Such is the quality of life in the eyes of law enforcement.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Hubert for visiting Went Field Park.. bless you man :) Frank


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Under the bridge, across to the park, the bottom of the river is littered with weapons used in the crimes.

Sorry, Frank. I got caught up in the moment.

Is there a river?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wow you tell a scary tale Frank. Sure would hate to get lost in those woods.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL @ WD Curry.. there is a stream and thank you too Gypsy hate for you to get lost in those woods too :) Great comment guys :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, what can I say, but "another classic". Sure hope I don't depart that way. Well, I tried to leave a clever comment:) Genius Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks thelyricwriter :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great sense of what I think of as internal rhyme in this piece--great job!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Audrey will miss you once you go vacay..:) Bless you and have fun


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This poem reminds me of my relative's garden where men were shot and slain during the armed struggle in Nepal.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

wow VG that's too bad :(


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Sounds like one of my true crimes...very good.


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Frank, your description of the park was so beautiful and eerie that I got a case of "the creeps" just reading it. Awesome yet again!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks pollyanna for stopping by and again time2rite thank you for your continued support bless you :) Frank


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

now, i am scared to go out in the woods alone...


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading Raci bless you :)


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey Frank this is beautiful a wonderful excerpt thanks for sharing.

~~Good Night~~

God bless U


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

say what???? LOL goodnight


pochinuk 2 years ago

Frank,

Your poem does not play games.

Very serious.

"… a city's wilderness that clenched its thirst

by a small stream…"

"...a cemetery,

where no one gets buried…"

Noose-like eeriness. High strung.

In 101 words you appear suspect

in this crime scene.

GO TO JAIL GO DIRECTLY TO

JAIL DO NOT COLLECT $200.

-pochinuk


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks pochinuk


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia

Hi Frank, Is this a real place? Nasty business there. I don't think it would be high on my tourist list. A particularly uninviting haunt. I wouldn't like to end up there, but then I guess no one would.

Your work never disappoints.

Take care.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Cyndi10 good to see you and thank you for stopping by :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Oh the power of words! They can paint a gruesome scene and still keep an admirable form; but that depends on the writer. Exceptional!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you MsDora Bless you


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

A grisly portrayal, Frank. I can picture it. Creepy.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

So macabre, Frank -- you are so good at this! :)

Master of the Macabre is what we should call you -- yes!


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton Author

flourish and Phyllis.. bless you both :)


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Phyllis Doyle 17 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Bless you, Frank. Hope you are having a great day.


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York

I like that you've hidden away all these poems and I'm just finding them popping up now, kind of like the bodies at the Went Field Park Woods! Your words certainly paint a picture for us.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Benny01 17 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

"when looking for a missing person, its a first place to stop"

Hmm, that's one scary place, there are lots of woods like that, where crimes are commited on a daily basis and covered. The dead are crying for justice but got none. May we never encounter such a 'wood'.

Frank, I always admire your 'peotic' skill. Meanwhile I 've written quite some as well but haven't gotten the courage to publishing them.


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks again Phyllis, and Tillsontitan and Benny for checking out the woods, and Benny you won't know what you've got until you publish them so lets see them :)


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DWDavisRSL 17 months ago from Eastern NC

Morbidly fascinating. You create an atmosphere of desolation and fear in an innocent place like the woods. The specter of unsolved crimes, CSI teams combing the decaying leaves for clues, hangs in the air above your lines. Very well done, sir.


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you dwdavis for visiting the woods

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