The Wickedness of the Human Race

The cries were blown to him by the wind. Loud and disturbing. He stopped and expressed interest in the Catholic cemetery. He noticed some of the newer graves were decorated with flowers while the others were long forgotten. He trembled with agitation, his thoughts went into a frenzy when he read some of the head stones.

“Forever in our hearts.” Impossible!

“Lay me down in green pastures.” Where?

“Sitting by God's side.” Not even a king!

He broke from the cemetery angry and disturbed. Humanity troubled him. He never expected the earth to be full of danger and terror. He over heard other angels talking about the earth in the positives. They talked about how their visit to earth was a glorious expedition. They talked about how it remained smooth and placid as the southern sea.

He was tormented by the cries that filled the air, and he roamed the streets disconsolately, trying to memorize the bends in the road. He stopped and looked at the bright moon. He noticed the clean, frigid smell in the air.

A flash of light took over the darkness. Explosions drowned out the cries. Civilization was dismantled by what mortals called Nuclear Weapons. His job was simply to collect souls during war, but after the explosions ripped through the air, there were no souls left intact.

The wind, which had been frozen for a few moments during the impact, now rose with great violence. The moon had reached the heavens to transport souls, but arrived as an empty vessel. Then it was beginning to descend. The clouds swept across the sky like a jet carrying radiation, and shredded trapped souls.

The angel fell to his knees and he couldn't guess how many days had past since the explosions, and he couldn't endure the misery that stained his heart. Broken souls that floated by uttered sounds that he could not comprehend. Even if he could save the souls, he couldn't take them to heaven because he was stranded. He was cold, and his voice seemed suffocated. His wings burnt to ashes and fell off his body like dust.

When God chose him for the assignment he was looking forward to collecting souls for the gardens in heaven, and his arrival on earth was met with a mixture of curiosity and compassion. He was elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature, but then reality stabbed him in the heart. War was around him and he witnessed the fallen soldiers on both sides.

The angel cried continuously because he couldn't understand the wickedness of the human race.

© 2015 Frank Atanacio

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annart 16 months ago from SW England

It certainly makes you wonder how far we can go with such cruelty and warring when even the angels can't withstand it; and you're right. We need this wake-up call. Superbly written, as ever.

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Ann :)


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Sometimes I feel like that angel crying out to God continuously over the plights of the world; and sometimes, though I hate to admit it, feeling trapped in a place where there seems to be little hope. I thank God that I can see the beauty in somethings and goodness in some people which restores my faith. Intriguing and full of emotion. Voted up, awesome and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Dana keep and share that positive thinking..bless you


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clivewilliams 16 months ago from Nibiru

what is war? Some ones ego or belief being justified by lives of many. If all leaders who had differences went to fight each other and leave the earth children alone, you would have no war. Only snobby rich political activist bitch talking at each other.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

LOL.. I agree Clive.. your talk ain't jive..LOL bless you bro


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clivewilliams 16 months ago from Nibiru

bless you too frank....


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

:) ......


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

Devastatingly sad Frank. (sorry about the pun) I can so imagine the angel's plight. Wonderfully written.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Jodah :)


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

Well when he figures it out I hope he lets me know, because I've never understood it either. Great message, Frank, delivered as only you can deliver.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Billybuc for stopping by :)


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

The cruelty in the world is so very sad. There's no wonder why an angel would cry. I'm sure God cries when he sees man so greedy. This was a chilling read that could happen someday. Frank this would make a great challenge for us to add to. What do you think? Loved it.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you always... how so?


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

A stranded angel! Just see how the wickedness of humanity brings suffering to fellow humans and angels alike. You really drove home the point, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much MsDora


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FitnezzJim 16 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Overpowering. It is truly a sad thing when angels cry.


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ignugent17 16 months ago

You wrote the reality about what is happening around the world. I am glad that there are still people who are concern to show the world that it is not too late to show goodness to others.

I do hope many people will reach your hub and start doing what is good.

Voted up and more. :-)


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much fitnessJim


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

ignugenti17 thank you for checking out my wickedness.. bless you


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Whoa ...I'm telling you, Frank, my jaw dropped open on this one as your writing, once again, is sheer brilliance! You brought the gut-wrenching reality of war home here and then some to even cause an angel to cry ... indeed, the wickedness of the human race.

What a flash!

Blessings always


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks for the kind compliment.. hardly sheer brilliance..LOL but i'll take it anyways..bless you dear one


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

"Hardly" ...where is your faith in your writing abilities ...oh, you're being humble : ) anyways.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

you're just good for the writing souls.. bless you for that


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

I reread this again and couldn't think of anything to add. Your writing captured it all. Blessings..


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A mystical encapsulation of torment. Good to read lest I ever forget. I will leave out the part about the fantastic writing.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Always and Eric for checking out my page bless you both


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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

For years, I have been saying that mankind will be its own undoing, and you just illustrated the page for me. If only we could just come together in peace, and help each other like we did in the old days. Look what comes to us for presidential elects--those that would rather bash each other than get together as a think tank to help this country and world thrive once again. We can't keep saying, "What's in it for me?"


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Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Frank...I'm speechless. You have said it all and so beautifully; it brings tears and hope at the same time. Bless you.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Genna East


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AudreyHowitt 16 months ago from California

Sad write Frank--I wonder when we will wake up--


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Audrey


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

It sounds l ike you know this angel personally. The thoughts and images are more than real and totally sad as well as true. I wonder if there really is an angel suffering because of humanity?

Frank you never stop bringing on your best.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

til thank you so much for your years of support bless you


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ahorseback 15 months ago

Frank , Because of my family history I often walk through older cemeteries , the sayings , the carvings , the small stones beside the large ones and I realize that I am so small , they are so big !......awesome story !


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton Author

ahorseback thank you so much for checking out my flash.. bless you


Smilealot 15 months ago

A stark message for humanity for sure... let's hope your story remains a fiction Frank, well written my friend :-)


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks smilealot always good seeing you bro :)

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