Thursday, March 22nd

His victims were tied,

their mouths left opened wide,

he put two metal rails

up against the bolted doors,

he drove in the nails

which then locked the doors

from the outside,

Thursday, March 22nd

would be remembered as a horrible scene,

a terrible reality locked in a dream,

he spilled kerosene

all over the floors,

close to the locked doors,

insanity and crazy was a perfect fit,

life was disturbed by it,

as he held the match, still lit,

the doors went up like flares,

then he headed for the stairs,

and the heat shot up like steam,

he hurried along,

splashing the wooden beam

with more kerosene,

he would watch them burn if he could,

as the draperies went up like dry wood,

in seconds the smoke got to him,

he would choke and gag,

falling on a soaked,

kerosene drenched rag,

his vision and glory stalls,

as the fire roared up the walls,

and what seemed to creak and groan

was the house frame,

and ghosts from a fierce

illuminating flame

was calling his name,

the fire followed a feeding draft,

down the halls,

burning the ceiling, the plaster

and the dry walls,

the fire would consume him,

but he wouldn’t cry,

the flames teased him,

as he covered his eyes,

Thursday, March 22nd he dies,

but the victims locked in the room,

would still be alive,

after the fire they’d survive.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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The RV Guy 5 years ago from Somewhere In America

Attracted by the photo, I began reading and was entertained to the end. I could picture the scene from beginning to end...the end with a nice twist.

Voted up and rated awesome as it was!

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

so glad they survived.. I love your poems/stories.. You are so creative.. really awesome. You should write scripts for movies.. or CSI or LAW AND ORDER.. Love your writing.. Mr. Frank..

Have a blessed day.'

Oh I voted way up.


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Express10 5 years ago from East Coast

I really enjoyed this. The picture you're painting strikes me as something taken from real life. I also think the picture is very cool.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks for stopping by RV good to have on boards and Our Ms Brooks it is just Frank to you :)

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Express10

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

ok Frank.. you are great...

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Bless you

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, awesome, and interesting. Frank, you would be a great novel writer as well. Truly. When I read your poetry, the vision is crystal clear. You an awesome poet my friend. Have a great weekend.

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

You have reached , for even simple thought that some evilly entertain , must return to be corrected again, only truth stands as final and infinite. These are the pinacle of all your poems and now you shall be put in the halls of justice , with a plaque bearing your name with these words inscribed , What goes around , will always be coming around again, for justice, only truth will remain, it's in written our conscience. Can you not feel it?

He always knew that in everything one does , there are serious repercussions , regardless of the duration of time that may elapse, as I said in my own recent poem : "It's coming"

Wail good my brethren! A great poem with a thoughtful finale, which we know it's just the beginning!

Keep that trend .

God bless.

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Your descriptions are so real that I saw the raging flame, smelt reek of kerosene, and herd cries.

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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Your writing has great impact. Always enjoy it.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

thelyricwriter thanks so much for that vote of confidence you're too cool..:) Sky as all ways you grace my page with wisdom smarts and realism in your comments bless you my friend.. V-G it's always good to see you on my pages bless you ... and Duffsmom your comments has great impact thank you so much for reading bless you all again :

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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Frank I do think you should think about writing a novel--or a novella---I would be on board to read it and love it!

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Audrey you are so sweet bless you :)

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Frank, you are a really fantastic writer. Your poems are written so clear. Voted up and awsome my friend, Joyce

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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I love it! The good guys live and the bad guy gets it by his own hand. Brilliant. I do love your crime poems. They always seems so real.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Wow Frank! Such vivid descriptions that it made me feel in the same room.

I hope this was not a real story!

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Writer20 you are the best :) and always a pleasure to see you Poetvix thank for reading and Ruchira thank you too for your comments bless you all :) Frank

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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

you're a great suspense writer always surprise me from start to end...

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Frank

He got what was coming to him.

Voted up and awesome.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You create such imagery in your poems that it takes the reader there on the spot.

Voted up

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton Author

Raci you're just too kind thank you.. Sue what's on your mind.. like the way you think you devil..:) and Rosemary50 still I love that pic of the dog and the baby..thanks for the comment...:) Frank

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time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Wow, Frank, that was riveting! I didn't see that ending coming at all. It is with finesse you take a rhyme and weave a suspenseful tale; bravo!

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much time2rite :) Frank

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